Business calendar, Oct. 13-20, 2013

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

Thursday, Oct. 17

'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, and 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 Thursday. Checks can be made payable to the Business Solutions Center. Register 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. 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 Thursday), $20 at door. $30 VIP ticket (by Thursday). Pass includes one glass of wine (VIP, unlimited wine), unlimited food, haircut, manicure or massage, and fashion show. For information, email wbcevents2@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Oct. 22

'Health and Finance.' Noon, Piatt County Service FS Country Plaza, 427 W. Marion St., Monticello. Joe Mouser, an Edward Jones financial adviser 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 from Blueprint (life coach), Cathy Thornhill from Adams Chiropractic (massage therapy) and Sarah Wade from Kirby Medical (diet and nutrition) will join Mouser for the health presentation. Limited seating. Call Anita Selock at 762-3900 by Thursday.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Champaign-Urbana Business Women's Club's 90th anniversary celebration. 7:30 p.m., Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Centre Drive, C. The celebration features a slide show of club pictures, scrapbooks and club memorabilia of the history of the organization. Guest speaker: Susan Tungate, circuit judge, 21st Judicial Circuit, Kankakee County. Cost $18. Contact Susan McGrath at smcgrath@shout.net or 359-9705 by Wednesday to register.

Thursday, Oct. 24

'Winning with the Impossible Customer.' 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m., Fischer Theatre, 158 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Anyone who works face to face with customers knows how difficult it is to satisfy a hard-to-please person. Learn techniques to deal with the impossible customer. Cost $35. Register online (select ILSBDC at DACC as center location) or call 442-7232 to register.

Women's Business Council of Champaign County luncheon. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hawthorn Suites Ltd., 101 Trade Centre Drive, C. Speed networking event. Guests are always welcome, but guest attendance is limited to two luncheons. After two visits, you must be a member to attend the luncheons. Cost for luncheon: advance registration, $12 by Friday; $20 after the deadline. Register at http://www.wbccc.org.

TechMix! 5 to 7 p.m. [co][lab], 206 W. Main St., U. Networking opportunity for local technology companies to meet each other. Organized by Champaign County Economic Development Corp. These events are targeted for engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs working in the tech sector to learn more about other companies locally. Appetizers and drinks will be served. For information, email carly@champaigncountyedc.org.

Ongoing

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 Friday. Call Parkland, 351-2235.

Food sanitation manager certificate course. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and 20, Round Barn Banquet Centre, 1900 Round Barn Road, C. Five-hour renewal course, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30. 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.

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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