•Optimizer 2.0 application developed by Advanced Ag Solutions now includes a feature that accumulates Next-Generation Radar rainfall data for unique fields. A free daily text alert of changing yield forecasts by county is available to farmers at www.optmzr.com or by texting their ZIP code to 1-765-560-4130. Subscribers enroll their own fields to view projections by each soil type of the field.
Stop Stealing Dreams: RETHINK Book Clubs energizing book discussion will be 7:30-9 a.m. June 19 at NIIC-Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, 3211 Stellhorn Road. Moderator will be Eric Hall, founder and president of EH Design & Consulting. Cost is $19.95 nonmembers and free for members. Seating is limited. For more information and/or to register, go online to www.tqmnet.com or call 627-8139.
•Clean Start Technician Training will be June 19-20 at Ivy Tech Community College, 3100 Ivy Tech Drive, Valparaiso. The propane certification class includes lectures and laboratory demonstrations on propane principles, propane safety, operation and diagnostics for vehicle technicians. Attendees pay for meals and lodging. Class and materials except pen and paper are free. Register at http://conta.cc/Lvu53o; call 1-219-644-3639 or email southscc.smith@ gmail.com.
•Defending the Gold Business VIP Celebration will be 5-6 p.m. June 20 at the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, 3rd floor, Women's Club, 826 Ewing St. Honorary chairmen will be Chuck Surack and Keith Busse. Fundraiser for the Voices of Unity Choir that will compete in the seventh annual World Choir Games to be held in July in Cincinnati. RSVP at 481-6719.
•Greater Chamber of Commerce June events: Meet Me @ 5: Catalyst Marketing Design will be 5-7 p.m. June 21. Cost is $5 Chamber members and $10 nonmembers. Attendees are encouraged to bring business cards. Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman's sixth annual
Advancing Hoosier Women in Business seminar series will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 22 at the chamber. Cost is $25 and includes lunch and the entire program. President's Lunch with Mike Ottenweller, president of Ottenweller Co., will be noon-1 p.m. July 12 at BakerStreet, 4820 N. Clinton St. Host will be Mike Landram, Chamber president. This event is limited to the first 10 Chamber members who register. Cost is $25 and includes price of the meal. Payment for this event is nonrefundable. Social Media Summit will be 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 18. Attendees may choose four sessions. The summit is open to members and nonmembers. The early bird registration ends July 9. Cost is $49 Chamber members and $99 nonmembers. After July 9, cost is $69 Chamber members and $129 nonmembers. Respond by noon July 17. The Chamber Classic will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. July 26 at Chestnut Hills Golf Club, 11502 Illinois Road. Cost will be $125 individual Chamber member golfer, $475 member foursome and $150 nonmember golfer for the day. Fee includes one Golfer's Kit per team, lunch on the course, beverages and the award reception dinner. Register at www.fwchamber.org/classic. For sponsorship opportunities, call Liz Struckholz at 424-1435, Ext. 259. Unless otherwise stated, all events will be held at the Chamber building, 826 Ewing St. For details, call Liz Struckholz at 424-1435, Ext 259, or email lstruckholz@fw chamber.org.
•Veterans Retraining Assistance Program information session will be 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 27 at National College, 6131 N. Clinton St. Eligible veterans can receive up to $17,676, $1,473 a month, for 12 months of training in more than 200 high-demand career fields. To qualify, applicants must be unemployed veterans ages 35-60 and must be enrolled after July 1 in a higher education program approved for VA benefits that will lead to an associate degree, diploma or certificate. For more information, call 1-888-962-6454 or go online to www.National-College.edu/Military/VRAP.
•CareerTrack Mistake-free Grammar and Proofreading will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 8615 U.S. 24 W. Cost is $149 and includes course book. Enroll at www.careertrack.com or call 1-800-897-5003.
•ExecuTrain, 7337 W. Jefferson Blvd., Classes: Word 2010 Advanced, Outlook 2007 Intermediate, Project Management Basic and Access 2010 Advanced will be June 25. Acrobat 9 Advanced will be June 25-26. Excel 2007 Advanced and PowerPoint 2010 Advanced will be June 26. Flash CS4 Advanced and HTML 4.0 will be June 26-27. Excel 2010 Intermediate, Project 2007 Advanced and QuickBooks 2009 Advanced will be June 27. Outlook 2010 Advanced and Word 2007 Advanced will be June 28. Access 2003 Basic and Crystal Reports 2008 Advanced will be June 28-29. Publisher 2010 Advanced and Visio 2007 Advanced will be June 29. Daytime classes are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Evening classes are available 6-9 p.m. Costs include all courseware. Corporate pricing available. To register, call 432-9077. For information, visit www.etfortwayne.com
ExecuTrain offers free phone support on topics covered in classes taken and a free refresher course. Instructors are professionally trained and certified in the classes they instruct. ExecuTrain provides onsite training and private classes. Room rentals are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, with extended hours available on request. Rates are as low as $450 a day. Rooms are equipped with eight to 12 student workstations, instructor station, projector and screen, dry-erase board, free wireless Internet access and complimentary coffee. ExecuTrain's Administrative Professional Program classes are afternoon and evening, four days a week for six weeks. Learn Windows 7, Office 2007 and 2010, QuickBooks and more. Financing and free job-placement assistance are available. For more information, call 432-9077.
•IPFW Division of Continuing Studies, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E.: Business Management Courses: Funding Options and Financial
Literacy for Small Business will be 6-7:30 p.m. June 18. Cost: $15. LINKEDIN for Professional Development and Personal Growth will be 6-9 p.m. June 25. Cost: $70. CEU: 0.3. How to Start a Business Workshop will be 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 27. Cost: $25. For information for full course descriptions, visit http://learn.ipfw.edu or to register, call 481-6619.
•Ivy Tech Corporate College, North Campus, 4900 St. Joe Road, Microsoft Word Basic will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 20. Cost: $159. Microsoft Excel 2007 Basic will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 27. Cost: $159. Most classes offer CEU certificates. There are no tests or grades given. There are no registration deadlines. If there are openings, you may register the first day of class, though textbooks may not be immediately available. To register, call 480-4118. Online classes also available, at http://ed2go.com/ivytechfw
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