Thursday, June 20
'Writing a Business Plan' workshop. 3 to 5:30 p.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. For first-time entrepreneurs and those growing small businesses. Content includes business plan format, financial analysis and securing financing. To register, contact East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791 or http://www.eci.score.org.
Friday, June 21
Grand opening summer celebration. 4 to 8 p.m., Fisher Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 108-A S. Third St., Fisher. Ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. will kick off the event. Celebration includes free food, drinks and goodie bags; a bounce house for kids; Thai Bodyworks, a specialized form of massage, for adults ; a photo booth and opportunity to enter to win an iPod, iPod Shuffle and other prizes. Call 897-1444.
Monday, June 24
'Protecting the Family Farm Legacy: Estate and Succession Planning.' 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 201 Broadway St., Normal. Topics include: training heirs, entity choices available to farms, planning for retirement, estate tax basics, gifting strategies and use of trusts for farm assets. Presenters include farm consultants, accountants, tax attorneys and a certified financial planner. Continental breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Seminar costs $40, or $50 after Monday; includes materials, breakfast and lunch. Advance registration required. Register at http://www.taxschool.illinois.edu/legacy. For information, call University of Illinois Tax School, 333-0502.
Thursday, June 27
Ribbon-cutting ceremony. 4 to 5:30 p.m., Kevin Elliott Counseling, 116 N. Chestnut St., Suite 233, C. Kevin Elliott Counseling has expanded its service to include divorce mediation provided by attorney-mediator Justine D. Becker at its new branch office. Public invited. For information, call 398-9066.
TechMix and Rantoul Business Incubator Open House. 5:30 to 7 p.m., Rantoul Business Center, 601 S. Century Blvd., Rantoul. Event includes networking, food and drinks. Sponsored by EnterpriseWorks at the UI Research Park. Rantoul Business Incubator, a service of the East Central Illinois University Center, offers free space and other services for entrepreneurs. For details, call Ali Thompson, 300-2147.
Sunday, June 30
Smartphone classes. 1 to 3 p.m., Danville Village Mall. Open to all smartphone users, not just Cellular One customers. Instruction on basic and advanced capabilities of Android and iPhone smartphones. Come with questions or learn from class information provided about smartphone features and applications. Receive class training guide. Refreshments available, plus a door prize drawing. To register, call the Village Mall Cellular One store at 431-2980 or 800-553-2393 or the Towne Centre store at 442-2355 or 800-735-2355.
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 developing their communication skills. Guests welcome. 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. Tuesday and Thursday, ILEAS Training Center, 1701 E. Main St., U. Exam, 9 to 11 a.m. June 24. Course for people needing Department of Public Health recertification, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 20. 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.
'Obtaining Financing' seminar. Either 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday or 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Vermilion Advantage office, 28 W. North St., Danville. For prospective, new or existing small business owners. Topics: "Credit Scores and Their Impact on Your New Business," "Financial Information Needed for a Business Loan Application" and "Crowdfunding" on Wednesday; and "Angel Investors," "Financial information Needed for a Business Loan Application" and "Small Business Administration Loans/Vermilion County CDC" on Thursday. Both days: "The Grant Myth" and "Small Business Programs Through the City of Danville." Cost $10. To register, contact Illinois Small Business Development Center at DACC, 442-7232 or http://www.dacc.edu/sbdc.
Food service sanitation manager's certification course. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 24 and 26, Round Barn Banquet Centre, 1900 Round Barn Road, C. Also, a renewal course, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 24. 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.
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