Tuesday, Oct. 8
'Starting Your Business' seminar. 11 a.m. to 1 p.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.
Project Management Institute. Central Illinois Chapter meeting, 5 to 7:30 p.m., Eastland Suite and Conference Center, 1801 Eastland Drive, Bloomington. Speakers: Lance Rogers, portfolio manager in Caterpillar's Global Information Services Division, and Jeremy Pasley, program specialist in Caterpillar's Product Development & Global Technology Division. Registration, networking, 5 p.m.; dinner buffet, 5:30 p.m.; announcements, 5:50 p.m.; speakers, 6:15 p.m. Cost at door for dinner and speaker: $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Students with college ID, $15. Speaker only, no lunch, $10. For information, contact Venkata Paramatmuni at email@example.com or go to http://www.pmi-cic.org.
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 Tuesday. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
Wednesday, oct. 16
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or email@example.com.
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 Thursday for Oct. 17 class. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
'Starting a Small Business' workshop.3 to 5:30 p.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Overview of the steps needed to open a business. Includes help with defining a business, conducting an analysis of the competition, marketing, understanding cash flow, tips to be successful in a small business startup. Workbook is provided. Preregistration and payment required. To register, contact East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791 or http://www.eci.score.org.
'Entrepreneurship: How to Start a Business' workshop. 6 to 9 p.m., Lumpkin Family Center for Health Education, Washington Room, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, 1000 Health Center Drive, Mattoon, Workshop to help guide those considering starting a business through practical business concepts. Led by Tiffany Kline, the Business Solutions Center's entrepreneurial coach. Cost $25 per person, $35 per couple. Register by noon Oct. 17. Checks can be made payable to the Business Solutions Center. Register online at http://cats.eiu.edu/bscRegistration/workshops.asp. For information, call the center's office, 581-2913.
Friday, Oct. 18
Women's Business Council presents Wine Down Ladies Night Out. 4 to 9 p.m. Savoy Recreation Center, 402 W. Graham Drive, Savoy. Fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County. Shop, pamper, eat, drink and mingle. Visit vendors to learn more about products and services. Two fashion shows presented by Dress Barn. Raffle and silent auction items. $15 access pass (by Oct. 17), $20 at door. $30 VIP ticket (by Oct. 17). Pass includes one glass of wine (VIP, unlimited wine), unlimited food, haircut, manicure or massage, and fashion show. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, Oct. 22
'Health and Finance.' Noon, Piatt County Service FS Country Plaza, 427 W. Marion St., Monticello. Joe Mouser, an Edward Jones financial advisor in Monticello, is providing a women's luncheon and hosting a "Health and Finance" seminar. The event for women mixes an educational investment seminar with a health presentation. Gina Johnson, Cathy Thornhill and Sarah Wade from Blueprint (life coach), Adams Chiropractic (massage therapy) and Kirby (diet and nutrition) will join Mouser for the health presentation. Limited seating. Call Anita Selock at 762-3900 by Oct. 17.
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.
Homebuyers' 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 of $25 covers two persons from the same household. Register by Thursday. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
Food service sanitation. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2, Parkland Business Training & Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Fulfill the Illinois certification requirements for food handlers through discussion, new hands-on activities, and videos. Class fee $145. Register by Oct. 18. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
Items for the Business Calendar may be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to Don Dodson, The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.