Business calendar, April 27, 2014

Tuesday, April 29

Credit card reader lecture. 7 to 9 p.m., Illini Union I-Rooms, 1401 W. Green St., U. Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square, a mobile payments company that produces a credit card reader that can be used on smartphones and tablets. A meet-and-greet will follow his lecture. For information, email meganlaz@illinois.edu.

Thursday, May 1

'Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media: Simple Marketing Strategies.' 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Illinois Small Business Development Center at Danville Area Community College, 2917 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Learn what it means to run effective email and/or social media marketing campaigns and what tools you can use to measure the success of your efforts without spending lots of time or money. Cost $35. Register online at dacc.edu/sbdc or call 442-7232 to register.

Saturday, May 3

Grand opening. 2 to 5 p.m., Leonhard Recreation Center, 2307 W. Sangamon Drive, C. Tours of the new facility, activities, inflatables, and demonstrations of various programs. Giveaways while supplies last. Memberships are available for purchase now at any Champaign Park District facility that accepts registration. For information, go to ChampaignParkDistrict.com.

Monday, May 5

Seminar on medical marijuana. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, 1701 E. Main St., U. Hosted by Heyl Royster. Covers aspects of Illinois' medical marijuana law. The Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act became effective Jan. 1. The first session focuses on what employers need to know about the act, and the second session addresses issues specific to governmental entities. Attend one or both sessions. Lunch provided. Registration and questions, contact Rachel Ford at rford@heylroyster.com or call 309-677-9514.

Wednesday, May 7

Ford-Iroquois Extension Ag Breakfast. 7 a.m., Ford-Iroquois Extension office, 916 W. Seminary Ave., Onarga. Diane Plewa, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, and Mary Dickinson, Ford-Iroquois Extension Master Gardener, will speak on "Grafted Tomatoes, New Veggie Varieties and Veggies for Containers." Register by noon May 6 at tinyurl.com/MayAgBreakfast or contact Helen Heins at 815-268-4051 or heins2illinois.edu.

'Leading Virtually: A Framework for Results.' 8 a.m. to noon, Parkland College Business Training and Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Discover how to develop your team when you can't be face-to-face. Enhance leadership skills that will maximize the performance of dispersed work groups. Focus on two key elements for leading virtual teams — group cohesion and individual commitment. Fee $135. Call Parkland, 353-2055.

Young Professionals of Champaign Urbana May Social. 5 to 7 p.m., Silvercreek Restaurant, 402 N. Race St., U. The YPCU aims to be an inclusive organization focusing on community involvement and meets the first Wednesday of every month at various sites. Appetizers and fun provided by Matt Peters with Wells Fargo Advisors. Register to win a one-hour massage session at Massage Envy Spa, Savoy. Sign up for a food packing day at Eastern Illinois Foodbank. For information, email YPofCU@gmail.com.

Saturday, may 10

'Starting a Small Business' workshop. 9 to 11 a.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Overview of the steps needed to open a business. Includes help with defining a business, conducting an analysis of the competition, marketing, understanding cash flow, tips to be successful in a small business startup. Cost $25. Workbook provided. Registration required. Contact East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791 or go to eci.score.org.

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 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.

Food service sanitation manager's course. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 and 7, ILEAS Training Center, 1701 E. Main St., U. Exam, 9 to 11 a.m. May 12. Course for people needing Department of Public Health recertification, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7. 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.

'How to Climb the Ladder in Heels — Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office 101.' Noon to 1:30 p.m. May 6 and 13, Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. This series is meant to empower the women of Champaign County and teach them about the unconscious mistakes that could be holding them back in their careers. Class led by Beth Reutter, a certified business etiquette and international protocol consultant, program director and professor of hospitality management in the Department of Food Service and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois. Lunch provided. Cost: $69, Chamber members; $99, nonmembers. Register by Friday. Contact Caryn Isenhower at caryni@champaigncounty.org or call 359-1791.

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