Business calendar, Aug. 31, 2014

Business calendar, Aug. 31, 2014

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Young Professionals of Champaign-Urbana social. 5 to 7 p.m., Cafeteria & Company, 208 W. Main St., U. The YPCU aims to be an inclusive organization of 20- and 30-somethings focusing on community involvement, professional development and getting to know peers in the community. This month's social and appetizers are sponsored by Matt Cho at Urbana's [co][lab]. Meet other young professionals in a friendly, relaxed environment. Email or go to for information.

Thursday, Sept. 4

'Take Control of Your Financial Future: Master Five Money Questions for Women.' 6 to 8 p.m., Destihl Restaurant, 301 N. Neil St., C. This presentation, hosted by Edward Jones financial adviser Mike Kessel of Champaign, takes a look at financial circumstances women face and illustrates the importance of a strong financial strategy that fits one's lifestyle. Free, but space is limited. To register, contact Amy Jones at 352-0117 or

Friday, Sept. 5

Chamber of Commerce First Friday Coffee. 7:30 to 9 a.m., Parkland College Business Training, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Hosted by Parkland College Business Training. Complimentary coffee, conversation and a light breakfast as you network. Held the first Friday of each month. For information, call the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 359-1791.

Fall open house. 4 to 7 p.m., Sante Massage & Restoring Balance in the Lincoln Building, 44 E. Main St., Suite 407, C. Stop in for refreshments and enter to win a massage. Call 352-7944 or email for information.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Chamber breakfast series. 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham, 101 Trade Centre Drive, C. Speaker: Conor Cunneen on "Creating a Customer Experience with the Gift of GAB." Learn memorable concepts and ideas to improve yourself, colleagues and the workplace. Breakfast sponsored by BPC. Cost: $17 for chamber members; $29 for nonmembers; includes a full breakfast. To register, contact Caryn at 359-1791 or email

'How to Communicate with Tact, Professionalism and Diplomacy.' 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham,101 Trade Center Drive, C. Learn how to be seen as a polished, influential professional who garners respect and builds positive relationships. Seminar cost $199. Enroll online at or call 800-258-7246.

'Starting a Small Business' workshop. 3 to 5:30 p.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, conducting analysis of competition, marketing, understanding cash flow, tips for being successful with a small business startup. Cost: $25. Workbook provided. Registration required. Contact East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791 or go to

Saturday, Sept. 13

'Writing a Business Plan' workshop. 9 to 11:30 a.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Course includes the rationale for completing a business plan, developing a financial analysis and directions for securing financing. Examples of actual business plans are reviewed. Cost $25. Workbook provided. Registration required. Contact East Central Illinois SCORE at 359-1791 or go to

Tuesday, Sept. 16

'Starting Your Business' seminar. 8 to 10 a.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 or call 442-7232.

'Meet the Lenders: Lender and Business Matchmaking Event.' 2 to 5 p.m., Parkland College Student Union, 2400 W. Bradley Ave., C. Opportunity for current and future small business owners to meet one-on-one with loan officers from Small Business Administration-participating lenders. Bring your business plan and discuss your business loan proposal with the lenders. No fee to attend, but seating is limited. Registration required. To register, contact Caryn Isenhower at 359-1791 or email

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

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