Business calendar, Dec. 1, 2013

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Export Workshop. 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Hilton Garden Inn, Hawkeye Room, 1501 S. Neil St., C. Hosted by Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Topics: introduction of newly opened International Trade Center in Champaign County; upcoming 2014 trade missions (overseas); rollout of the ISTEP Program and financial export assistance available; ADM's new intermodal ramp and Midwest inland port; government procurement opportunities; lunch and tour at EnterpriseWorks (University of Illinois Research Park); and more. Free. Register by noon Monday. To register, visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/export-workshop-tickets-9251636895.

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.

Friday, Dec. 6

TechMix! 5 to 7 p.m., Chancellor Ballroom, I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. Networking opportunity for local technology company employees to meet each other. Organized by Champaign County Economic Development Corp. Event is 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 10

'Starting Your Business' seminar. 8 to 10 a.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center at Danville Area Community College, 2917 N. Vermilion St. Information about requirements and the first steps to take when starting a business. Registration $10. To register, call 442-7232.

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 Thursday. Contact Courtney Stierwalt, Purdue Extension-Fountain County, at 765-793-2297 or dickerso@purdue.edu, or register at webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=9120.

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 be sold in a silent auction at the luncheon to raise money for the scholarship fund. Cost$12, payable at the door. Register by Fridayat http://www.wbccc.org.

Monday, Jan. 6

2014 UI Corn & Soybean Classics. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. Features nine presentations that emphasize crop production, pest management, economics and the interactions among them. Market updates throughout the day, and communication between speakers and participants is encouraged. Question-and-answer sessions scheduled for both morning and afternoon sessions. Noon lunch and a proceedings booklet containing synopses of all presentations provided to each registrant. Registration cost $65 by Dec. 7; $75, Dec. 8-30 and all on-site registrations. Register at http://www.cropsciconferences.com. For information, call 1-800-321-1296 or 333-4424.

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