Business calendar, March 23, 2014

Tuesday, March 25

Cybersecurity Seminar: How to Protect Your Small Business. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center, 1817 S. Neil St., Suite 100, C. Learn what threats small businesses need to be aware of; what threats are hype; how small businesses can protect themselves in a cost-effective way; five things you can do in your small business to be more secure without having to buy software. Presented by Bambenek Consulting. Free, lunch provided. Registration required. Contact Carly at carly@champaigncountyedc.org or call, 359-6261.

Wednesday, March 26

Urbana Blender. 5 to 7 p.m., Holiday Inn and Banquet Center, 1001 Killarney St., U. An opportunity to network with other Urbana Business Association members while enjoying complimentary refreshments.Contact Cynthia Johnson at ed@urbanabusiness.com.

Thursday, March 27

'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 Lynette Lykins at 359-1791.

Monday, March 31

Chef-Farmer Mixer. 3 to 5 p.m., Cafeteria & Company, 208 W. Main St., U. Hosted by Illinois Stewardship Alliance. Designed to bring local chefs and local farmers together for the purpose of creating new partnerships that will promote the use of locally grown food. Participate in question-and-answer period hosted by a panel of local chefs, and make new business contacts. Chefs looking to source fresh, locally grown and produced food and farmers looking to expand their markets may attend for free. Register online at ilstewards.org or call 528-1563.

Tuesday, April 1

The Basics of Opening a Restaurant. 6 to 9 p.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center at Danville Area Community College, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Learn the basic processes of planning and developing a restaurant. Cost $35. Register online at dacc.edu/sbdc or call 442-7232 to register.

Wednesday, April 2

Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast. 7 a.m., Ford-Iroquois Extension office, 916 W. Seminary Ave., Onarga. Andrew Martin, Ag and Natural Resources Educator, Purdue Extension, will speak on "Learning Ag by Successful Leaders in Afghanistan." Martin was team leader, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, Afghanistan, from 2011-June 30, 2013. Register by noon April 1 at web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv or contact Helen Heins at 815-268-4051 or heins2illinois.edu.

Menu Writing for Restaurateurs. 6 to 9 p.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center at Danville Area Community College, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Learn how to create a restaurant menu from the ground up. Cost $35. Register online at dacc.edu/sbdc or call 442-7232 to register.

Thursday, April 3

Brand New Rules of Marketing Seminar. Noon to 1:30 p.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center, 1817 S. Neil St., Suite 100, C. Discover the number one way to win new customers today; why chasing customers costs you money (and how to get them to chase you); how to attract prospects and turn them into willing buyers; an easy way to increase profits; and more. Presented by BIGG Success. Free, lunch provided. Registration required. Contact Carly at carly@champaigncountyedc.org or call, 359-6261.

Basic Quickbooks. 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center at Danville Area Community College, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Learn the basic company set-up for Quickbooks accounting software. Invoicing, payments, deposits, set up for customers/vendors and bank reconciliation. Cost $35. Register online at dacc.edu/sbdc or call 442-7232 to register.

Monday, April 7

Farm Dreams workshop. 6 to 9 p.m., Common Ground Co-op's Flatlander Classroom, 300 S. Broadway Ave., #166, U. Hosted by The Land Connection. Farm Dreams covers resource assessment, goal setting, financial planning, and marketing options. Learn what it takes to start and manage your own farm business, and decide whether this is the path you are ready to take. Registration fee, $20; includes a light supper of local breads, cheeses and vegetables. Register at thelandconnection.org/farmers/farm-dreams-workshops or call The Land Connection, 840-2128.

Tuesday, April 8

'Starting Your Business' seminar. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center at Danville Area Community College, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Steps and requirements of starting a small business. Cost $10. Register at dacc.edu/sbdc or call 442-7232.

Wednesday, April 9

Industrial/commercial facility energy efficiency workshop. 8 a.m. to noon or 1 to 5 p.m.Parkland College Business Training and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Local business and facility owners and operators are invited to attend. Title: "Saving Energy in Commercial and Industrial Facilities: 3 Measurement Tools You Need to Know." Sponsored by Illinois Green Economy Network with support from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Register by April 2. Free. To register, call Parkland, 353-2102.

Saturday, April 12

Food service refresher. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Parkland College Business Training and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Illinois food service sanitation certificates are valid for five years, and must be renewed before they expire. Complete this refresher course to keep your certification current. Registration fee $59. Register by April 4. Call Parkland, 353-2055.

Ongoing

Homebuyers' seminar. 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 3 and 10, or 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5, Parkland College Business Training and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Learn important steps in the homebuying process. Discover home maintenance tips and what to do if financial difficulties occur after the purchase. Fee is $25 for either session. Register by March 27. Call Parkland, 351-2235.

Food service sanitation manager's course.8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 7 and 9, ILEAS Training Center, 1701 E. Main St., U. Exam, 9 to 11 a.m. April 14. Course for people needing Department of Public Health recertification, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9. Cost: $140 for certification class including course materials and ServSafe exam; $65 for recertification class. Both classes also available online. New two-hour food handler class offered at svilleco.com for $9.95. To register, contact Sue Summerville, 684-2435.

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