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March 18, 2016
County level elected and appointed officials are invited to apply to the UCCI/University of Illinois Leadership Academy.
 
                What: a five-session leadership learning experience.
                When: April 22-23; May 7; June 18; July 16; and August 26-27, 2016.
                Where: University of Illinois campus in Urbana, Illinois.
                For whom: All county level elected and appointed officials; County Administrators.
                Cost: Program materials, meals and lodging are provided; participants pay their transportation.
 
The Leadership Academy was developed by the University of Illinois in partnership with UCCI (United Counties Council of Illinois) to provide leadership training for elected and appointed county officials. For anyone seeking to manage and lead more effectively, the academy offers a learning network and a connection to cutting edge information. Participation is limited. To apply, send your contact information, phone, email and mailing address, county name, and your position title to Anne H. Silvis at asilvis@Illinois.edu, or contact your local University of Illinois Extension office for information. Applications are due April 1, and successful applicants will be notified by April 8.
“Moderate levels of chatter or noise in environments such as coffee shops induce some distraction, which our research has shown causes people to think at a higher level or from a broader perspective,” said Ravi Mehta, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of Business. “This effectively enhances their creativity.” In an article in Crain’s Chicago Business, Prof. Mehta gives tips for managing the distractions and maximizing your creativity and productivity.
 
Why grow and eat insects?

Well, first of all they taste great!  But there is more to it:

Growing sustainable food is one of the greatest challenges of our century. We need new methods and technologies to feed the world!

1/3 of valuable fertile croplands are currently used only to feed the grains harvested to animals, 80% of antibiotics worldwide flow into livestock production. While seeking alternatives to industrially produced foods, many of us would prefer to avoid GMOs or pumping animals full of hormones. 

Our passion is to empower you to be independent, grow your own healthy food and always know exactly what you eat.

Venture capital or bank financing?
 
Financing a new business is always a challenge and there are a variety of sources entrepreneurs need to consider, including venture capital and bank financing. Read more about the comparison between the two primary sources of financing for entrepreneurs and small firms.
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March 29, 2016 - Building Wellness Into Your Worksite - John A. Logan College
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