Tuesday, Oct. 1
Illini Reading Council's Meet and Greet. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Corkscrew's Buvons Wine Bar, 203 N. Vine St., U. Opportunity for teachers to network with coworkers. See what the council offers in programs and grant opportunities, including the 2014 Obama Library Award for grades 5-8. Illinois Reads information also available. Wine, beer, libations and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase. Complimentary appetizers. Contact Mary K. Thompson at 328-1937 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Wednesday, Oct. 2
Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast. 7 a.m., Ford-Iroquois Extension office, 916 W. Seminary Ave., Onarga. After breakfast, a panel including University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Sandy Mason and Ford-Iroquois Extension Master Gardeners Mary Dickinson and Anita Boomgarden discuss "Gardens, Landscapes and Trees: The Challenges of 2013." Register by noon Tuesday.Contact Helen Heins at 815-268-4051 or email@example.com.
Illinois Breakthrough Summit. 7:30 a.m. to noon, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, 1000 Health Center Drive, Mattoon. Conference brings together businesses, government bodies, not-for-profits and education to learn strategies for high performance. Breakfast, networking, 7:30 a.m. Program, 8 a.m. Fee $45; includes a copy of Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Register at: http://www.ilpex.org.
Saturday, Oct. 5
'Financing a Small Business' workshop. 9 to 11:30 a.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Overview of startup financing includes business requirements, preparation and sources of capital. Preregistration and payment required. To register, go to eci-score.org or call 359-1791.
Tuesday, Oct. 8
'Starting Your Business' seminar. 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center at Danville Area Community College, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Information about requirements and the first steps to take when starting a new business. Registration $10. To register, call 442-7232.
Saturday, Oct. 12
'Writing a Business Plan' workshop. 9 to 11:30 a.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. Workshop provides help in creating a comprehensive business plan specific to your business. 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.
Tuesday, Oct. 15
Removing Doubt in a Job Interview. 1 to 4:30 p.m., Parkland Business Training and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Learn how to identify, address and remove doubts the interviewer may have about your ability to succeed in the position. Uncover how to target potential doubts and remove them. Fee $115. Register by Oct. 8. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
Thursday, Oct. 17
'Giving Recognition.' 1 to 5 p.m., Parkland Business Training and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Learn about the impact of recognition, barriers to giving recognition, key actions for giving recognition, tailoring recognition to the recipient, and planning and practicing recognition. Class is part of Parkland College Leadership Series. Class fee $135. Register by Oct. 10 for Oct. 17 class. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
Toast of Champaign Toastmasters. Noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday, Champaign Public Library (see information desk for room location), 200 W. Green St. 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 library.
Kauffman FastTrac NewVenture entrepreneurship course. 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 3 to Nov. 21, Rantoul Business Incubator, 601 S. Century Blvd, Rantoul. Learn how to start or grow a business through one-on-one mentoring and peer learning. Led by Mark Kesler, Parkland business instructor and certified FastTrac facilitator. Cost $100; includes materials. For registration information, go to http://www.parkland.edu/communityed or call 353-2055.
Food service sanitation manager's course. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 and 16, ILEAS Training Center, 1701 E. Main St., U. Exam, 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 29 at IDPH Region 6 office, 2125 S. First St., C. Course for people needing Department of Public Health recertification, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 16. 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.
Home buyer's seminar. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24, Parkland Business Training and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Learn steps in the home buying process, home maintenance tips and what to do if financial difficulties occur after the purchase.. Class fee $25 covers two persons from the same household. Register by Oct. 10. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
Items for the Business Calendar may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Don Dodson, The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.