November 14th - November 14th

11:30 am to 1:00 pm

SBDC Workshop: Social Media 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Champaign Public Library (Robeson A & B), 200 W. Green St., Champaign

Presented by Clanin Marketing.  Ideal for those about to start their social media strategies, this workshop will cover the various social media platforms and their targeted users, the importance of handles and hashtags, ways to post and schedule to social media, and many other best practices. Free to attend; registration required to secure a spot. Limited space available. RSVP online at, email or call 217-378-8535. All materials will be provided.

November 19th - November 19th

8:30 am to 12:00 pm

BSSS: Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment from the Business Perspective

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

Attend this seminar and learn what Illinois employers must know about the rules and regulations of Workers' Compensation. Specific topics include how to correctly handle a claim, an outline of common concerns/mistakes and how to avoid them. As managing Partner for Thomas, Mamer & Haughey, presenter Bruce Warren possesses 30-plus years' experience defending employers and their insurers before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission and in the courts. This seminar will focus on what you need to do as an employer to manage all aspects of unemployment. Specific topics include: What to do when an unemployment claim is filed, gathering and presenting information the IDES need, how to protest a claim and how to appeal a determination. Understanding changes to unemployment law. For more information, call 217-359-1791 or visit

November 19th - November 19th

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

SBDC Workshop: Starting Your Business in Illinois

Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC, 1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100, Champaign

Don Elmore, Director of the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC, will present. Thinking about starting a business in Illinois? This workshop helps entrepreneurs understand many of the steps and requirements. You’ll be taken step-by-step through a variety of topics and have the opportunity to ask questions. Topics covered include introduction to the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC; feasibility checklist; sources of funding, including financing and grant options in Champaign County; business formation and registering your business; and how to create or improve your business plan and marketing plan. Free to attend, registration required to secure a spot. Materials will be provided. RSVP online at, call 217-378-8535, or email

November 19th - November 21st

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

DigiMarCon World 2019 – Digital Marketing Conference

Hear from some of the most audacious and thought-provoking speakers in the digital marketing industry. Gain insight into emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies and best practices to move your business to the next level. Network with thought leaders, collaborate with your peers and build your network in a beautiful atmosphere. DigiMarCon World 2019 will be held online, available live stream and on-demand. It is the largest digital marketing event in the world and will be attended by thousands of digital marketing professionals. Whether your goal is reinforcing customer loyalty, improving lead generation, increasing sales or driving stronger consumer engagement, the DigiMarCon World 2019 lineup has been specifically designed to help you develop your audience. Immerse yourself in topics like digital strategy, programmatic advertising, web experience management, usability/design, mobile marketing and retargeting, customer engagement, user acquisition, social media marketing, targeting and optimization, video marketing, data science and big data, web analytics and A/B testing, email marketing, content marketing, conversion rate optimization, search engine optimization, paid search marketing, geo-targeting, predictive analysis and attribution, growth hacking, conversion rate optimization, growth marketing tools, marketing and sales automation, sustainable growth strategies, product marketing and UX/UI and more. Conventional thought will be challenged, new ways of thinking will emerge, and you will leave with your head and notebooks full of action items and ideas to lead your agency/team/account to even greater success. Be a part of DigiMarCon World 2019 and discover how to thrive and succeed as a marketer in a rapidly evolving digital world. For more details visit or call 1-800-805-5385.

November 20th - November 20th

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

PTAC Services at CUSBDC

Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC, 1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100, Champaign

Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) are resources for small businesses looking to enter the world of government contracting. The centers provide one-on-one counseling, technical information, marketing assistance and training to existing businesses interested in selling their goods and services to local, state and/or federal government agencies. The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Champaign County EDC is pleased to offer PTAC services via Bradley University on select days each month. Services include one-on-one counseling, identifying bid opportunities including customized bid matching services, government vendor registrations, training workshops and seminars, market research/technical assistance, subcontracting plans/small business programs, business certification assistance, proposal/bid preparation, contract readiness counseling. Small businesses in the area who need expert assistance with government contracting may schedule appointments with Keli Krueger-Huhra, Illinois PTAC Director at Bradley University, by contacting us at or calling 217-378-8535.

November 21st - November 21st

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Chamber Business After Hours

301 Mercury Drive, No. 2, Champaign

Join fellow Chamber members and their guests in this networking opportunity hosted this month by KECdesign/KECresco. Proceeds from the $5-per-person donation at the door will help fund Chamber programs. The donation for non-members and guests is $10.

November 26th - November 26th

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Connections Over Cocktails

Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County, 119 E. University Ave., Champaign

The event is free, and the business community is encouraged to attend the evening of networking. Contact the Urbana Business Association for more information at 217-344-3872.

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