Tuesday, Jan. 21
Green Drinks Champaign County. 5:30 to 7 p.m., 309 S. Neil St., C. This month's event is hosted and sponsored by Accuraty Solutions and Shatterglass Studios. Drinks, free snacks and conversation to celebrate their "green" certification. UI physics Professor Scott Willenbrock will discuss how he converted his 1920s home into a zero-net-energy house, called the Colonial Solar House. Call 531-2179 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Wednesday, Jan. 22
'Cottage Food Businesses and More.' 5 to 7 p.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center at Danville Area Community College, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Learn state and local rules for registering cottage food operations, labeling foods and selling foods at farmers' markets. Ask questions of Vermilion County Health Department staff on food-related topics. Free. Register online at http://www.dacc.edu/sbdc or call 442-7232.
Thursday, Jan. 23
Affordable Care Act. 8:30 to 10 a.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center at DACC, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Dennis Foldenauer, economic development specialist for the Small Business Administration district office in Chicago, will help explain the Affordable Care Act as it applies to small business owners. Free. Register online at http://www.dacc.edu/sbdc or call 442-7232.
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 $20. Registration and information at wbccc.org.
Soybean management workshop. 1 p.m. EST (noon CST), The Beef House, Covington, Ind. Presented by Purdue University Extension and University of Illinois Extension Bi-State Agriculture Programs. Registration, 11:45 a.m. Sessions by Shaun Casteel, Purdue University soybean specialist; Kiersten Wise, Purdue University botany and plant pathology associate professor; and Steve Ayers, UI Extension educator. Cost $20 at the door, includes lunch buffet. Additional $10 to earn credits for Indiana Private Applicator Recertification Program or Certified Crop Advisor continuing education units. Register by Monday by calling Courtney Stierwalt, Purdue Extension-Fountain County, 765-793-2297, or online at webs.extension.uiuc.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=9477.
'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. Help in creating a comprehensive plan for your business. Course includes rationale for completing a business plan, developing a financial analysis and directions for securing financing. Examples of actual business plans reviewed. Workbook provided. Cost $25. Preregistration required. To register, contact East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791 or eci.score.org.
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 will be provided. Cost $25. Preregistration is 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 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 required. Contact Carly McCrory at 359-6261 or email email@example.com.
'Starting Your Business' seminar. 6 to 8 p.m., DACC Hoopeston Learning Center, 847 E. Orange St., Hoopeston. Considering a business start-up? This two-hour session helps future entrepreneurs understand many of the steps and requirements of starting a small business. Cost $10. Register online at dacc.edu/sbdc or call 442-7232.
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. Basic functions of the Portfolio Manager will be demonstrated, and attendees will learn how to get their building Energy Star-certified. Free. Registration required. Register at eventbrite.com.
Friday, Jan. 31
Mobile Day TechMix! 5 to 7 p.m., Humanities Room, I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. Networking opportunity for local technology companies. Organized by Champaign County Economic Development Corp. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 Illinois Crop Management Conference. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6, I Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 S. First St., C. University research-based information on crop production issues. Presentations focus on the most current crop, pest, nutrient, and soil and water management research and recommendations. Certified Crop Advisors may earn up to 13 hours of continuing education unit credit. Call Angie Peltier, 309-734-5161. Registration cost: by Jan. 29, $130; at the door, $150 (checks only); includes lunch. Registration forms, information at web.extension.illinois.edu/csrec.
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.