Business calendar, Nov. 24, 2013

Business calendar, Nov. 24, 2013

Monday, Dec. 2

Vermilion County Farm Bureau annual meeting. 6 p.m. CST, Beef House Banquet Center, Covington, Ind. Registration and silent auction, 6 p.m. Buffet dinner, 6:30 p.m. Auction will support Ag in the Classroom program. Speaker Philip Nelson, president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, will look at highlights of the last 10 years, as well as challenges that face Illinois agriculture. Tickets: $10 for farming "M" members; $20 for associate "A" members; required by Tuesday; available at Farm Bureau office in the Vermilion County Center for Agriculture, 1905-C U.S. 150 at Henning Road, Danville. Call the Farm Bureau office, 442-8713.

Thursday, Dec. 5

East Central Illinois Broadband Summit. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Education Center of Sarah Bush Lincoln Health System, Mattoon. Hosted by Broadband Illinois and East Central Illinois Development Corp. Exhibitors and presenters will offer information about broadband service options and planned broadband expansion projects in the region. Attendees will get examples of how to use the Internet to improve health care, education, business and tourism. Admission $10. Box lunch served. Register by Saturday at or contact Jean Anne Grunloh at 540-3517 or

Tuesday, Dec. 10

Bi-State Agriculture Program: Crop Management Conference. 9:15 a.m. EST, The Beef House, 16501 Indiana State Road 63, Covington, Ind. Registration, 8:45 a.m. Features a presentation on corn seeding rates by Bob Nielsen, Purdue University corn specialist. Other morning presenters on precision technology on the farm, cover crops and fertilizer storage regulations. Afternoon session engages participants in a "Double Outlook for Double the Money," with outlooks on the weather and market. Cost $20 at the door, includes lunch buffet. Register by Dec. 5. Contact Courtney Stierwalt, Purdue Extension-Fountain County, at 765-793-2297, or register online at

Thursday, Dec. 12

Women's Business Council of Champaign County membership drive luncheon. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hawthorn Suites Ltd., 101 Trade Centre Drive, C. Board members will answer questions about their committee. Vendors will be set up to sell products. Gift cards, cash or items will be collected for the Center for Women in Transition for Christmas, as well as donations of cookies or other fancy desserts to sold in a silent auction at the luncheon to raise money for the scholarship fund. Cost$12, payable at the door. Register by Dec. 6 at


Toast of Champaign Toastmasters. Noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, Champaign Public Library (see information desk for room), 200 W. Green St. Learn to speak in front of groups. For anyone interested in working on communication skills. Guests welcome. 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 the library.

'Fearless Facilitation — How to Lead Effective Meetings.' Two sessions, 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 4 or 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 12, Parkland Business Training & Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. How to lead effective meetings, make optimal use of people's time and talents, and strike balance among purpose, process and participation. Class fee $135. Register by Wednesday for Dec. 4 or by Dec. 5 for Dec. 12. Call Parkland, 351-2235.

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