morning and evening networking opportunities

Our networking events allow our members and the community to make connections in a casual, welcoming and friendly environment. Our monthly networking events take place the 4th Tuesday of every month.

connections over cocktails

The Urbana Business Association, First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign, and Dish Passionate Cuisine are excited to bring you Connections Over Coffee, an evening networking event for the Champaign-Urbana Community.

Our activity this month will be a team cooking competition! Teams will learn a Dish Passionate Cuisine Recipe and compete to see who can make it best. Each member of the winning team will receive 2 entries to Uncork Urbana Wine Festival! Participants will be making Brie and Leek Tarts or Mediterranean Stuffed Mushrooms. If you are interested in participating please send an email to with the subject line Connections Competition. Space is limited to 20 participants.

Our March Connections Over Cocktails is hosted by Dish Passionate Cuisine on Tuesday, March 27th from 5:00PM-7:30PM at 45 E University Ave, Champaign.

2018 networking schedule

January 23, 2018 - 5:30PM-7:00PM -  Weiner Companies
February 27, 2018 - 7:30AM-9:00AM - Tricoci University
March 27, 2018 - 5:30PM-7:00PM - Dish Passionate Cuisine
April 24, 2018 - 7:30AM-9:00AM - Athletico
May 22, 2018 - 5:30PM-7:00PM - TBD
June 26, 2018 - 5:30PM-7:00PM - First Federal Savings Bank of Champaign
July 24, 2018 - 5:30PM-7:00PM - Lincoln Square
August 21, 2018 - 7:30AM-9:00AM -  Habitat For Humanity
September 25, 2018 - 5:30PM-7:00PM - Carpet Advantage
October 23, 2018 - 7:30AM-9:00AM -  TBD
November 27, 2018 - 5:30PM-7:00PM - Comfort Suites
December 2018 - Date and Time -TBD

want to become a host location?

what you do

  • Must be an UBA member and all membership dues must be paid.
  • Pay $175 - this covers the food and beverage, games, marketing, set up and tear down of food and beverage.
  • Pick an activity  from a list provided by the UBA or one of your very own!*
  • Provide tables, chairs, and give-a-way item!
  • Open your doors to showcase your fabulous business to the community!

what we do

  • UBA promotes your event and activity for the entire month leading up to the big day! 
  • UBA provides the food and beverage catered by Dish Passionate Cuisine. This includes set up, serving, and tear down of food and beverage.
  • Marketing package includes social media posts, boosts and cover photo ad, radio, television, website event, and banner ad, newsletter, and flyers
  • UBA assists in organizing your activity for the night. 

 *all activities must be approved by UBA staff.