Wednesday, April 3
Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast. 7 a.m., Ford-Iroquois Extension Office, 912 W. Seminary St., Onarga. Jim Fraley, livestock program director for the Illinois Farm Bureau, will speak on the effects of drought on food prices. Register by noon Tuesday. Register online at http://tinyurl.com/agbreakfast or contact Helen Heins at 815-268-4051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fireside Toastmasters. 5:45 to 7 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Improve communication and leadership skills. For more information, contact Debra Custer at 621-0168 or email@example.com or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
'Basic Money Management' class. 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this home ownership community education class include: achieving financial goals; managing income and spending; needs versus wants. Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.
Thursday, April 4
'Washington, D.C., Briefing for Business.' 7:15 a.m., Hawthorn Suites Ltd., 101 Trade Center Drive, C. Part of breakfast series sponsored by area chambers and business associations. U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis and John Shimkus will provide business updates on the state and national level. Presentations followed by a question-and-answer session. Cost: $17 for chamber members, $29 for nonmembers; includes breakfast. To register, contact Norma at the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce office, 531-4669, or email NormaW@champaigncounty.org.
Regional Manufacturers Workshop. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Room D-244, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Topic: "Compliance and Enforcement with Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency." Offered by East Central Illinois Economic Development District. Jim Browning, East Central Illinois manufacturing specialist from the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, will speak during the lunch session about the manufacturer's perspective on compliance issues and how to update your program. Cost: $25, includes lunch. For information, contact Susan Chavarria, the district's executive director, at 819-4053 or email@example.com.
Tuesday, April 9
'Civility in the Workplace.' 10 a.m. to noon, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Executive coach and trainer Jill Bremer will teach strategies for creating a more civil and rewarding workplace. For managers and employees in all types of workplaces. Part of the library's Civility Week, April 7-13. Free. Register by Thursday. To register, call 403-2070.
Wednesday, April 10
Schmooza Palooza Business Expo. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., University of Illinois Assembly Hall, 1800 S. First St., C. Features almost 100 businesses, from locally owned shops to Fortune 500 companies. Chance to shop, connect, network and win prizes. Open to the public. SK Exteriors Ultimate Power Lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food from more than 18 local restaurants; $5 per six samples. BankChampaign wine tasting, 4 to 6 p.m.; free wine samples, networking. Free admission and parking. Contact Karly Combest at KarlyC@champaigncounty.org or call 359-1791.
Meet the Pros: Precision Graphics. Noon to 1 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Jan Troutt, vice president of publishing services, and Heidi Richter, certified medical illustrator and senior illustrator, will represent the Precision Graphics staff and highlight the successes and challenges they've faced working in the world of illustration, design and animation. Meet the Pros is presented by Graphic Design at Parkland College. Sponsored by the Champaign Public Library, Champaign-Urbana Design Organization and 40 North 88 West. Call the library at 403-2070.
'Banks and Other Financial Institutions' class. 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this home ownership community education class include: shopping for a bank; financial products; and predatory lender versus credit union. Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.
Thursday, April 11
'Entrepreneurship: Bright Ideas' workshop. Noon to 4:10 p.m., The LifeSpan Center, 11021 E. County Road 800 N, Charleston. Registration, 11:30 a.m. Lunch at noon, followed by general session at 12:45 p.m. and breakout sessions starting at 2 p.m. Learn how to use the PrairieSpark E-Hub. Hosted by Business Solutions Center at Eastern Illinois University. Free. Register by Friday at http://www.eiu.edu/~bsc. Call the Business Solutions Center, 581-2913, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) webinar series. 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, April 8 to 29. For producers unable to attend the previously held in-house "Food Safety on the Farm" seminar. Fee $10; pre-registration, along with pre-payment, by Monday. Call 815-933-8337 to register by credit card or register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/gkw.
UI's Web Conference 2013. April 15 and 16, Champaign. Web professionals of all sorts are welcome. Two optional preconference workshops, two keynote presentations, 16 breakout sessions, a networking reception and an exhibition fair. Registration fees: UI attendees, $35, and non-UI attendees, $100, through Friday; optional preconference workshop, $35 and $75. Details at http://go.illinois.edu/uofiwebcon.
Food service sanitation manager's course. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 15 and 17, ILEAS Training Center, 1701 E. Main St., U. Exam, 9 to 11 a.m. April 22. Course is for people needing the Department of Public Health recertification, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17. Cost: $120 for certification class including text and exam; ServSafe exam at additional fee; $60 for recertification class including text. Both classes also available online. To register, contact Sue Summerville, 684-2435.
Items for the Business Calendar may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to Don Dodson, The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.