Business calendar, Jan. 12, 2014

Business calendar, Jan. 12, 2014

Tuesday, Jan. 14

Project Management Institute. Central Illinois Chapter meeting, 5 to 8 p.m., Parke Regency Hotel and Conference Center, 1413 Leslie Drive, Bloomington. Board officers for 2014-15 will be sworn in, and 2014 strategic plans will be presented. Music and food. At-door registration for members and nonmembers, $25.

Thursday, Jan. 23

Women's Business Council of Champaign County luncheon. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Homewood Suites by Hilton, 1417 S. Neil St., C. Guests welcome, but guest attendance is limited to two luncheons. After two visits, you must be a member to attend. Cost for luncheon is $14 by Jan. 17, $20 after advance registration deadline. Registration and information at wbccc.org.

'Writing a Business Plan' workshop. 3 to 5:30 p.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Provides help in creating a comprehensive business plan unique to your business. Course includes the rationale for completing a business plan, developing a financial analysis, and directions for securing financing. Examples of actual business plans are reviewed. Workbook provided. Cost $25. Preregistration required. To register, contact East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791 or http://www.eci.score.org.

Friday, Jan. 24

'An Evening with the Voices of Illinois Agriculture.' 6 p.m., Spice Box located in Bevier Hall, 905 S. Goodwin Ave., U. A public dinner event. Opening comments by Robert Easter, University of Illinois president. Crop insurance information by Gary Schnitkey, UI Extension agricultural economist, with comments from Tom Kadlec, president of ADM Investor Services. Market panel: Steve Freed, ADM Investor Services; Pete Manhart, Bates Commodities; Wayne Nelson, L&M Commodities; and Jacquie Voeks, Stewart Peterson. Commodity wrap-up by Darrel Good, UI agricultural economist. This event supports the ACES hospitality management program and College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences scholarships. Cocktail hour, 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets $100. Register by Wednesday. Call 333-9355 or visit ecommerce.aces.illinois.edu/voicesofagriculture.

Saturday, Jan. 25

'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 for a business. Content includes business requirements, preparation needed and sources of capital. Workbook provided. Cost $25. Preregistration required. To register, go to eci-score.org or call 359-1791.

Tuesday, Jan. 28

'The Fundamentals of Sales' workshop. 9 a.m. to noon, Champaign County Economic Development Corp., 1817 S. Neil St., Suite 100, C. Presented by Mac MacGregor and Greg Gonda. Learn the basic ingredients and building blocks of being successful in sales; what it takes to be a top performer in your field; and typical buying patterns. Sponsored by Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC. Free, snacks and drinks provided. Registration is required. Contact Carly McCrory at 359-6261 or email carly@champaigncountyedc.org.

Wednesday, Jan. 29

Urbana-Champaign Energy Star Challenge Launch Party and Lunch & Learn. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Champaign County EDC, 1817 S. Neil St., Suite 100, C. Building owners and managers are invited to benchmark their buildings' 2013 energy use on the free Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool and then track and improve their energy performance through 2014. The basic functions of the portfolio manger will be demonstrated, and attendees will see how to get their building Energy Star-certified. Free. Registration required. Register at eventbrite.com.

Ongoing

Toast of Champaign Toastmasters. Noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday, Champaign Public Library (see information desk for room location), 200 W. Green St. Learn to speak in front of groups. For anyone interested in working on their 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.

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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