April 25th - April 25th

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Let's make it a habit: Train your brain to navigate negativity

The Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., Urbana

Negativity. It's everywhere - outside and inside of us. We try to avoid it - that doesn't work. We engage in it - that doesn't work either. Learn why we are drawn to negativity and how to effectively navigate it. Sponsored by the Urbana Business Association. $20 for members. $30 for non-members. Go to urbanabusiness.com for more details and to sign-up.

May 4th - May 4th

7:30 am to 9:00 am

Chamber First Friday Coffee

First State Bank, 101 Windsor Road, Champaign

Start your day off right with First Friday Coffee! Hosted this month by First State Bank.

Enjoy complimentary coffee, conversation and a light breakfast as you network on the first Friday of each month.

For more information on First Fridays, or to find out where these events are being held, visit www.champaigncounty.org.

May 15th - May 15th

7:30 am to 10:30 am

Funding the start-up and growth of your company

Champaign County Chamber of Commerce, 303 W. Kirby Ave., Champaign

Presented by Alan R. Singleton, Singleton Law Firm, P.C.
    In this workshop, Alan will discuss the advantages and disadvantages to a variety of business financing options. He will detail the pros and cons of borrowing start-up funds from friends and family, bootstrapping, the advantages of government funding (mainly through the Small Business Innovation Research Program), and how to obtain traditional bank loans. In addition, this workshop will provide how to acquire funds from angel investors and venture capitalists.
    Alan has provided legal services to business clients for over 24 years. Alan regularly advises clients on issues including raising capital, securities compliance, taxation, and implementing stock option plans, and has frequently worked with a number of SBIR funding companies as well as participating in the drafting of SBIR applications.

The cost to attend this seminar is $19 for Chamber members and $39 for non-members.

To register, please email Caryn Isenhower or call 217-359-1791. Registration deadline is May 14 at 5 p.m.

May 15th - May 15th

11:00 am to 12:00 pm

The business care for internal communication

The Urbana Civic Center, 108 E. Water St., Urbana

Organizations work hard to manage their online reputation, earn media coverage, and create the perfect ads to be placed in prime-viewing of target audiences and potential customers. Often times, however, in that process, the most important audience is overlooked; employees. In this session, public relations and corporate communications expert Stefanie Santos McLeese will share best practices for internal communications to increase productivity, reduce turnover and impact the bottom line. Prior to managing her independent public relations practice, Stefanie launched internal communications programs for the National Office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving; Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation; and for the Mid-Continent Business Unit, the top-producing organization for Encana Oil and Gas, USA. 

Sponsored by the Urbana Business Association. The fee is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information, go to urbanabusiness.com.

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