Business calendar April 7, 2013

Business calendar April 7, 2013

Tuesday, April 9

Project Management Institute. Central Illinois Chapter meeting, 5 p.m., Eastland Suite and Conference Center, 1801 Eastland Drive, Bloomington. Steven Grant, president of S.J. Grant and Associates Inc., Peoria, will speak on "How Leaders Communicate with Diplomacy and Tact." Registration and networking, 5 p.m.; dinner buffet, 5:30 p.m.; announcements, 5:50 p.m.; speaker, 6:15 p.m. Advance registration cost: dinner and speaker, $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers. For those who pay at the door, cost for dinner and speaker is $30 and $35. Students with college ID, $15. Speaker only, no dinner, $10. For information, call Venkata Paramatmuni, 309-830-2043.

Wedneday, 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 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 Champaign Public Library, Champaign-Urbana Design Organization and 40 North 88 West. Call the library, 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 Call the Business Solutions Center, 581-2913, or email for information.

Friday, April 12

Spring into Free Event. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Heartland Bank & Trust offices at 1101 W. Windsor Road, C; 2101 W. Springfield Ave., C; 602 S. Vine St., U; 1812 S. Philo Road, U; and 333 S. Main St., Farmer City. Local offices are extending an invitation to customers, residents and businesses to join in a celebration with refreshments, gifts and a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card. For details, go to

Wednesday, April 17

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 or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or

'Job Seeking Skills' class. 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this home ownership community education class include: creating a resume; applying for the right position; and a winning interview. Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.

'Serve It Safely.' 6 to 8:30 p.m., UI Extension Auditorium, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C. UI program addresses food safety principles that are critical for organizers of food events to practice. Focus is on preparing, storing and serving food for public consumption safely. Includes a take-home manual and thermometer. Leia Kedem, nutrition and wellness Extension educator, is the instructor. Class size limited to 35 people. Cost $5. To register, go to or call 333-7672.

Thursday, April 18

Eastern Illinois Safety Network. 8 to 9 a.m., Urbana Country Club, 100 E. Country Club Road, U. Seminar/workshop: John Orawick, S&W, on Heat Stress. Food and networking, followed by presentation. One continuing education unit available. Cost: $10 nonmembers; members, free. To register, email

'Starting a Small Business seminar.' 6 to 8:30 p.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. For first-time entrepreneurs and those growing small businesses. Overview of advantages, hazards and requirements of starting a business. Workshop offered monthly. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Cost: $25; series of three, $60. Workbook provided. Registration required. Information at or 359-1791.

Sunday, April 21

'How to Save for a Dream: Hands-on Workshop with Strategies That Work.' 11 a.m. to noon, Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St. As part of Money Smart Week, UI Extension along with the Urbana Free Library offers a seminar to discuss ways to save money to reach your goal. For information, visit or

Monday, April 22

'Your Financial Life' class. 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this home ownership community education class include: importance of a budget; types of investments; managing assets; and understanding your credit. Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.

Tuesday, April 23

'The Credit Workshop' class. 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity, 119 E. University Ave., C. Topics in this home ownership community education class include: how to obtain a credit report; solving credit problems; and credit protection. Free. Call Michelle Stallmeyer at Habitat for Humanity, 819-5113, to register.

A Night of Honor: Lakeview College of Nursing's annual Nurses Walk. 7 to 9 p.m., Lincoln Park, Danville. The public is invited to honor past, present and future nurses. Luminaries will be sold and displayed on a path through Lincoln Park on North Logan Avenue. Proceeds from the luminaries and a 50/50 raffle will go to a scholarship for a nursing student at the college. To purchase luminaries or raffle tickets, contact the college, at 709-0920 or

Wednesday, April 24

2013 Administrative Professionals Day Breakfast. 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., Room D-244, Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Sponsored by Champaign-Urbana Chapter of International Association of Administrative Professionals. Presented by Faith Roberts, speaker/consultant at Carle Foundation Hospital. "From Wedding Rings to Nose Rings Generational Differences." Open to everyone. Full breakfast, networking, door prizes and goodie bags. Register by Friday. Single registration fee, $20; table registration fee, $100. For registration form, email Lisa Bishop at


'One-on-One Computer Basics.' 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through May 29, Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., C. All skill levels are welcome. Volunteers provided by the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the UI. Individual computer instruction from library staff is also available by appointment. Call the library, 403-2090.

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

Toast of Champaign Toastmasters. Noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday, Champaign Public Library (see information desk for room location), 200 W. Green St. Learn to speak in front of groups. For anyone interested in beginning, developing or working on their communication skills. Guests are welcome to attend any meeting. Also, visit the Fireside Club, 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., first and third Wednesdays of the month, and the McKinley Toastmasters Club, 6:15 p.m., first four Thursdays of the month, also at the library.

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.

Food service sanitation manager's certification course. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 26 and 29, Round Barn Banquet Centre, 1900 Round Barn Road, C. Also, a renewal course, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. Course fee: $125 for full course; includes book and exam. Renewal fee of $60 includes book. Call Corporate Training Center, 800-705-8204, to register.

Items for the Business Calendar may be emailed to or mailed to Don Dodson, The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.