Tuesday, Jan. 28
'Starting Your Business' seminar. 6 to 8 p.m., DACC Hoopeston Learning Center, 847 E. Orange St., Hoopeston. This two-hour session helps future entrepreneurs understand steps and requirements of starting a small business. Cost $10. Register online at dacc.edu/sbdc or call 442-7232.
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, emailCarly McCrory at email@example.com.
Tuesday, Feb. 4
'Farming 2014: Managing Risk, Revenue and Operations' conference. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Decatur Conference Center and Hotel, 4191 W. Highway 36, Decatur. Features 10 topics with speakers from the University of Illinois and industry focusing on managing profitability and risk, the farm program, and development of grain marketing strategies in a low price year in the morning; and farming operations, including weed and insect control, managing stored grain quality and increasing combine efficiency, in the afternoon. Also, 16 exhibitors with products and services for the 2014 season. Registration, 8 a.m. Cost $95; includes lunch and materials. Visit AgEngage.com/farming2014 to register.
Friday, Feb. 7
'Financial Tips for Retirees in Today's Economy.' 9:30 to 11 a.m., University of Illinois Extension, Champaign County Unit, auditorium, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, C. Provides five financial tips and strategies important to retirees: how to calculate your annual income, use your retirement money like a paycheck, use your financial power wisely, manage debt and proactively protect your finances. Register by Feb. 4. Call the office, 333-7672, to register.
Saturday, Feb. 8
'Starting 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 steps needed to open a business. Includes help with defining a business, analyzing the competition, marketing, understanding cash flow, and tips to be successful in a small business startup. Workbook provided. Preregistration and payment required. To register, contact East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791 or eci.score.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 credit. Call Angie Peltier, 309-734-5161. Registration cost: by Wednesday, $130; at the door, $150 (checks only); includes lunch. Registration forms, information at web.extension.illinois.edu/csrec.
'Principles and Qualities of Genuine Leadership.' 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 12 or 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 20, Parkland Business Training and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Five universal leadership qualities and six basic principles that help people become leaders. Learn how the qualities contribute to personal and organizational success. Fee $135. Register by Feb. 5 for Feb. 12 and by Feb. 13 for Feb. 20. Call Parkland, 351-2235.
Items for the Business Calendar may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Don Dodson, The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.