Business calendar, Aug. 18, 2013

Wednesday, Aug. 21

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 dkcuster@comcast.net or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or annlucia@juno.com.

Thursday, Aug. 22

Women's Business Council of Champaign County luncheon. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Centre Drive, C. Speaker: Eileen Schneider, Coldwater Creek, "One Outfit, Many Occasions." Cost for luncheon is $20. Registration and information at http://www.wbccc.org.

Saturday, Aug. 24

'Writing a Business Plan' workshop. 9 to 11:30 a.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 topics include rationale for completing a business plan, developing a financial analysis and directions for securing financing. Examples of actual business plans reviewed. Workbook provided. Preregistration and payment required. To register, contact East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791 or http://www.eci.score.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 28

'Communicating for Superior Service.' 1 to 5 p.m., Parkland Business Training and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Assess how you use each dimension of behavior in a situation to help build productive teams, improve customer service and ease frustration and conflict. Fee $135. Register by Aug. 21. Call Parkland, 351-2235.

Thursday, Aug. 29

Third annual Illinois Economic Development Summit. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1001 W. Killarney St., U. Previously called Downstate Voice, the event has the theme "Bridging Illinois" this year. Focus will be on marketing and branding your community, region and state. Hosted by East Central Illinois Economic Development District, Champaign County Economic Development Corp. and Tuscola Economic Development. Leaders from all parts of Illinois gather for exploration and brainstorming to create a common voice about economic development issues. Details at http://www.downstatevoice.org. Registration, $65; includes lunch and refreshments. To register, visit http://ildownstatesummit.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, Aug. 31

Food service refresher. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Parkland Business Training and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Illinois food service sanitation certificates are valid for five years and must be renewed before they expire. Complete this refresher course to keep your certification current. Fee $59. Register by Aug. 23. Call Parkland, 351-2235.

Ongoing

'Delegating for Shared Success.' 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 28 and 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 5, Parkland Business Training and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Develop the planning, interpersonal and follow-up skills critical for successful delegation. Class is part of the Parkland College Leadership Series. Class fee $135. Register by Aug. 21 for Aug. 28 and by Aug. 29 for Sept. 5 class. Call Parkland, 351-2235.

Homebuyers' seminar. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 5 and 12, Parkland Business Training & Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Learn steps in the homebuying process, home maintenance tips and what to do if financial difficulties occur after the purchase. Class fee $25 and covers two persons from the same household. Register by Aug. 29. Call Parkland, 351-2235.

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

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