Business calendar Dec. 30, 2012

Business calendar Dec. 30, 2012

Wednesday, Jan. 2

Fireside Toastmasters. 5:45 to 7 p.m., Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Improve communication and leadership skills. For more information, contact Debra Custer at 621-0168 or or Ann Chan at 355-1866 or

Thursday, Jan. 10

'Starting a Small Business' seminar. 3 to 5:30 p.m., Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., C. For first-time entrepreneurs and those growing small businesses. First of three workshops. Overview of the advantages, hazards and requirements of starting a small business. This workshop is repeated monthly. Sponsored by East Central Illinois SCORE. Cost: $25; series of three, $60. Workbook provided. Registration required. Information at or call 359-1791.


University of Illinois Small Farms Webinar Series. Online, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 10-31, Feb. 7 to March 28, except Feb. 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Or attend at Champaign County Extension office, 801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite D, C. Educational series for the small-farm community provides practical knowledge on emerging topics which advance local food production in Illinois, with a look at how leading practices in production, management and marketing enable operations to improve profitability and sustainability. Jan. 10: "Raising Broiler Turkeys on Small Farms." Jan. 17: "Strawberry Production." Free. Register at: To register for the series at the Extension Office, call 333-7672, at least one week prior to the session.

'Communicating for Superior Teamwork: Managing Your Communication Style.' 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 23, 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 31 or 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 31, Parkland Business Training & Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., C. Explore the essence of teamwork — effective communication. This program employs the Classic DiSC instrument to provide participants with a better understanding of their own communication style, while offering them expanded opportunities for team-building practice. Paid registrants will be issued an access code to complete an online DiSC personal profile assessment. Assessment must be completed by Jan. 16. Class fee $185. Register by Jan. 9 for Jan. 23 and Jan. 17 for Jan. 31. Call Parkland, 351-2235.

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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