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The Business Calendar runs each Sunday in the Business section. Notices of meetings, seminars and workshops of interest to the Buffalo-area business community should be sent to the Business News Desk of The News, Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240, by the preceding Thursday or fax to 849-4587.

The University at Buffalo's English Language Institute will offer "Advanced Communication for the International Professional" from 7:10 to 8:30 p.m. from Feb. 5 to May 9, and "American English Pronunciation" from 5:30 to 6:50 p.m., from Feb. 5 to April 4 or March 20 to May 10. The cost is $150. For information, 645-2077.

The board of directors of the Western New York Safety will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Resort and Conference Center, 100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. The agenda includes final plans for its conference and trade exhibit. For information, Dan Druzbik at 662-2275 or

Buffalo Niagara Travel Professionals will meet at 5:45 p.m. at Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Canadian tour operators will give a presentation. For reservations, Kathy Hall-Zientek at 687-5412 or

"How to Survive Legally as a Landlord" will be presented by attorney Robert Friedman from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Clarence Middle School, Room 103, 10150 Greiner Road, Clarence. There is a registration and book fee. To register, 759-8331.

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will hold a professional networking meeting at 8:30 a.m. at its office, 325 Essjay Road, Williamsville. For information, 632-6905.

The Independent Association of Accountants of New York will hold a Tax Season Round Table Dinner meeting at 6 p.m. at Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Accounting professionals welcome. For information or reservations, 674-0636.

The Northtowns Charter Chapter of American Business Women will hold a dinner meting at 6:30 p.m. at the Little White House Restaurant, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. Special Agent Wendy Horth of the FBI will discuss "Protecting Yourself from Telemarketers." Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. Guests and prospective members welcome. For information, Elaine S. Friedhaber at 882-1644 or e-mail to

The Business and Professional Women's Organization will hold a general business meeting at 7 p.m. in Fanny's restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Jan Meier, owner of Health Junction in Lockport and a certified Tai Chi instructor, will discuss the benefits of Tai Chi. Cocktails at 6 p.m. Dinner cost is $15. For reservations, phone Connie Paxhia at 862-8529.

The Buffalo Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Fanny's restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Linda Piontek will discuss "Dealing with Difficult People." A mini-workshop on "MBTI Personality Profiles" will be offered from 5:45 to 6:15 p.m. For information, Karen Smith at 884-3260 or

The Western New York Business Network, a networking group for sales professionals, will meet at 7:45 a.m. at Le Metro Bakery & Cafe, Walker Center, 5110 Main St., Williamsville. New members welcome. For information, phone Mark Connolly at 893-4774 or e-mail

The Western New York Technology Development Center will present a workshop titled "ISO 9001: 2000 Internal Auditing for Improved Performance" from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. today and Feb. 9 at its office, 1576 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. The fee is $410 or $380 for members, affiliates and three or more registrations from the same company. "ISO 9001: 2000 Understanding the New Standard" will be offered March 1 and 2. The cost for that seminar is $225/$195. To register, phone 636-3626.

The Rotary Club of Buffalo will hold a luncheon meeting at 12:15 p.m. at the Harbour Club in HSBC Arena. The cost is $12. The public is welcome. For information or reservations, phone Jeff Hawkes at 854-3397.

The UB Business Alliance will hold its 2001 Grand Reception, "Igniting Ideas" from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Center For Tomorrow, University of Buffalo Amherst Campus, Flint at Maple roads. R. Wayne Diesel, vice chancellor for business and industry relations for SUNY Outreach, will discuss "Igniting Ideas" and Arvin Mueller, group vice president for General Motors Powertrain, will be the keynote speaker. For reservations, phone 636-2568, ext. 14.

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development will meet at from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Advanced Training Center, 275 Oak St. Kevin Crosby, director of education and training at Full Circle Studios, will present "The DVD Revolution." Preregistration is $13 for members, $16 non-members. For information, 688-6157; for e-mail registration,

Downtown Toastmasters, a public speaking group, will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the 19th floor executive board room of M&T Bank, One M&T Plaza. Visitors welcome; free continental breakfast and underground parking. For information, phone Barb Trebilcock at 655-1037, or e-mail to

Consulting Task Force will sponsor an Executive Briefing on "Designing and Managing a SMART Business" from 8 to 9 a.m. at its office, 37 N. Union Road, Williamsville. The cost is $25 for up to three people and includes breakfast. For reservations, e-mail to or phone 634-7013.


Feb. 12

Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America, a non-profit community advocacy and housing assistance organization, will offer a free Buffalo Home Buyers's Workshop at 6 p.m. today and Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church, 15 Jewett Parkway. For information, call 834-6222 or (888) 302-NACA.

Feb. 13

The New York State Business Travel Association will sponsor a Travel Education Seminar for travel arrangers in the Greater Buffalo and Rochester areas from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Airport Holiday Inn, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. For preregistration, phone Judy at 631-0610, Ext. 147 by Feb. 9.

The Employee Relations Association of Western New York will tour the auto safety testing area of the Veridian facility, 4455 Genesee St, Cheektowaga at 5:30 p.m. It will feature automobile crash testing and related procedures including a child safety seat and crash test dummies. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. at the Airport Holiday Inn, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. For reservations, phone Paul Denning at 631-6983 or 631-6944.

The New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, will offer a workshop titled "Learning Technologies for Improving Performance" on Tuesdays (Feb. 13-April 10) from 6 to 9 p.m. at Maryvale Schools campus. For information or registration, Cynthia Price at 852-4191 or e-mail to

The National Association of Women in Construction will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6:45 p.m. at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Ralph Taliento from the Underground Facilities Protective Organization will give a presentation. For information, phone Carrie Cariello at 662-2151.

Feb. 14

The Western New York Venture Association will hold a forum at 7:30 a.m. at The Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave. Presentations will be given by representatives of TRIAD College Market Research Group, VerticalGrocer and University at Buffalo Technology Transfer & Licensing. Continental breakfast will be served. Members and first-time guests are free; non-members are $20. For information or registration, phone Jack McGowan or Rhaelyn Frasier at 636-3626.

The Western New York Technology Development Center will present a seminar titled "What is Six Sigma and How Can It Benefit Your Organization?" from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. at the Center For Tomorrow, University of Buffalo Amherst Campus, Flint at Maple roads. Six Sigma is a method that focuses on improving critical operations using a structured approach. The fee is $60. For information or to register, call 636-3626.

The University at Buffalo School of Management will present "The Rewards of Recognition: How to Generate the Energy Your Organization Needs" from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Buffalo Convention Center. Bob Nelson, author of "1001 Ways to Reward Employees," "1001 Ways to Energize Employees," and "1001 Way to Take Initiative at Work," will speak. The program will be repeated from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $189 with discounts for groups of 10 or more. To register, (800) 873-3451 or or

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