Business calendar, Feb. 23, 2014

Business calendar, Feb. 23, 2014

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Spring Educators' Job Fair. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Union's Grand Ballroom, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. School districts are seeking employees. Free event sponsored by EIU Career Services. Professional dress required. Bring several copies of resumes. A list of schools and jobs at Contact Diane Smith at or 581-8423.

Lake Land College's annual job fair. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Field House, Lake Land College campus, Mattoon. Network with more than 50 employers. Dress in business casual attire, and bring several copies of resumes and cover letters. Free event sponsored by Career Services. Contact Lisa Dittamore at 234-5288 or

Homebuyer seminar. 7 to 8:30 p.m., Stephens Family YMCA, 2501 Fields South Drive, C. Hosted by Sharon Harkness Team of Keller Williams Realty, Joey Matthews of Wells Fargo Mortgage, home inspector John Cheney and attorney Wendy Bauer. Opportunity to tour the new YMCA facility. Free. Advance registration required. To register, email name, address, contact phone and number of people attending to or call 239-7144.

Thursday, Feb. 27

'Workplace Safety and OSHA Compliance.' 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hawthorn Suites, 101 Trade Center Drive, C. Intensive one-day update on latest Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, plus critical training on safety issues. Special section on workplace violence. Registration fee $199. To register, call National Seminars, 800-258-7246, or go to

'Understanding Your Employees: Bridges For Business.' 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., Bremer Conference Center, Danville Area Community College, Danville. Session addresses causes and costs of employee instability, the economic environment and the hidden rules of class. Learn how these affect your managers and entry-level workers. Cost $35. Register online at or call 442-7232 to register.

Business Success Seminar — 'BIGG Success: The Brand-New Rules of Marketing.' Noon to 1 p.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. Turn prospects into willing buyers. Speakers: George Krueger and Mary-Lynn Foster of BIGG Success. Krueger teaches entrepreneurial finance at the University of Illinois, and Foster is a veteran radio broadcaster turned social media entrepreneur. Cost: $17 for members; $22 for nonmembers. Attendees may bring lunch, and the chamber will provide beverages. Contact Caryn Isenhower at or call 359-1791 to register.

'Jump on Board for a Brighter Future' jobs fair. 2 to 5 p.m., Douglass Community Center, 512 E. Grove St., C. Come dressed for success, and have your resume ready. Find a new state career. Contact Darryl Harris at or call 558-1029.

Innovation Celebration. 5 to 8 p.m., auditorium, NCSA Building, 1205 W. Clark St., U. Ninth annual event recognizes individuals and organizations for innovation, creativity and leadership in entrepreneurial endeavors and economic development. Sponsored by University of Illinois and Champaign County Economic Development Corp.

Wednesday, March 5

Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast. 7 a.m., Ford-Iroquois Extension office, 916 W. Seminary Ave., Onarga. Merrill Crowley of Crowley Commodities will speak on "The Grain Market Hangover ... How Can We Survive These Prices?" Register by noon March 4 at or call the office, 815-268-4051 or email Helen Heins at

Energy Innovation Conference. 8:30 a.m., Lake Land College, West Building, Mattoon. Keynote speaker: Ed Begley Jr., actor, director and environmentalist, 9:30 a.m. His theme: "Live Simply So That Others Can Simply Live." Conference topics include geothermal heating, solar and wind energy, technician and job training, sustainable industry information and projections, biomass, sustainability and green businesses. Speakers, 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Free, open to the public. For information, or

Thursday, March 6

'Cover Crops: Timing is Everything' workshop. 9 a.m., Monticello Community Building, 102 E. Livingston St. Workshop includes farmer panel with cover-crop producers from Macon and Piatt counties; and discussion of funding available from Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation District and Lake Decatur Watershed. Mike Plummer and Dan Towery will give interactive presentations about cover crops. Refreshments and vendor exhibits, 8:30 a.m. Speakers, 9 a.m. Box lunch, noon. Cost $20. For Certified Crop Adviser credit, $40 per person. Registration and payment by Friday. Call Piatt County SWCD, 762-2146, ext. 3, or Macon County SWCD, 877-5670, ext. 3.

Tuesday, March 11

'Starting Your Business' seminar. 8 to 10 a.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center at Danville Area Community College, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Session helps future entrepreneurs understand steps and requirements of starting a small business. Cost $10. Register at or call 442-7232.

Wednesday, March 12

'Grant Writing: Project Plan and Needs Statements.' 6 to 8 p.m., Parkland Business Training & Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Participants will learn how to clarify and communicate goals, objectives and outcomes in a proposal that gets their project noticed and funded. Class fee, $55. Register by March 5. Call Parkland, 351-2235.


Food service sanitation manager's course. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, ILEAS Training Center, 1701 E. Main St., U. Exam, 9 to 11 a.m. March 3. Course for people needing Department of Public Health recertification, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Cost: $140 for certification class including text and exam; ServSafe exam at additional fee; $65 for recertification class including text. Both classes also available online. To register, contact Sue Summerville, 684-2435.

Food sanitation manager certificate course. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 4 and 6, Round Barn Banquet Centre, 1900 Round Barn Road, C. Five-hour renewal course, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 4. The $145 fee for full course includes course materials and national exam. The $65 renewal fee includes the Illinois Code Book. Also, a two-hour food handler class offered at for $9.95. To register, call Corporate Training Center, 800-705-8204.

Items for the Business Calendar may be emailed to or mailed to Don Dodson, The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.

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