Tuesday, July 16
Small Business Financing Workshop. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Rantoul Business Center, 601 S. Century Blvd., Rantoul. Lunch workshop provides information on financing options for local businesses. Overview of available business development and lending programs by representatives of U.S. Department of Agriculture, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, Bank of Rantoul and Small Business Development Center. Programs include opportunities specifically for rural businesses. Lunch provided. Sponsored by Rantoul Business Incubator. Contact Ali Thompson, 300-2147 or http://www.rantoulincubator.org.
Wednesday, July 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 email@example.com or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, July 18
'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. Provides help in creating a comprehensive business plan specific to your business. Course includes the rationale for completing a business plan, developing a financial analysis, and directions for securing financing. Examples of actual business plans are reviewed. Workbook provided. Preregistration and payment required. To register, contact East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791 or http://www.eci.score.org.
Sunday, July 21
Smartphone classes. 1 to 3 p.m., Village Mall, Danville. Cellular One hosts free class for smartphone users, not just Cellular One customers. Instruction provided on basic and advanced capabilities of Android and iPhone smartphones. Students receive class training guide. Refreshments available; drawing for door prize. For more information on the monthly classes or to pre-register for next class, call Village Mall store at 431-2980 or Towne Centre store at 442-2355.
Thursday, July 25
Women's Business Council of Champaign County luncheon. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hawthorn Suites Ltd., 101 Trade Centre Drive, C. Speaker: Ranada Burton, BJ Grand Salon and Spa, on "What's In, What's Out: Hair and Makeup Trends." Cost for luncheon is $12 by July 19, $20 after advance registration deadline. Registration and information at http://www.wbccc.org.
Food service sanitation manager's course. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 15 and 17, ILEAS Training Center, 1701 E. Main St., U. Exam, 9 to 11 a.m. July 22. Course for people needing Department of Public Health recertification, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 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 sanitation manager certificate course. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 29 and 31, Round Barn Banquet Centre, 1900 Round Barn Road, C. Five-hour renewal course, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 31. The $125 fee for full course includes textbook and exam. The $60 renewal fee includes textbook. To register, call Corporate Training Center, 800-705-8204.
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