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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, NY 14240; faxed to 849-4587; or e-mailed to fin@buffnews.com by the preceding Thursday.

>Tuesday

Professional groups

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association, breakfast meeting, 8 to 9 a.m., Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Registration, 7:30 a.m. Program: "Current Trends in Mobile Communications," presented by Chris MeDonough, Verizon Wireless UPNY Region. Cost: $25, members; $32, nonmembers. Reservations, contact Erin Harvey at 854-3400, or harvey@ruppbaase.com.

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Business groups

BNI Executive Marketing Team, breakfast meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Holiday Inn--Airport, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Program: "When it Comes to Your Home, What You Don't Know Can Hurt You," presented by Keith Braun, Signature Property Inspection. Information, contact Jeff Murbach, 504-1500 or www.bniemt.com.

WNY PRO 2 Business Networkers, weekly meeting, 7:30 a.m., Bob Evans restaurant, 1925 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Information and reservations, call Joe Andrade, 417-0070.

Pro-Net Professional Networking Group Meeting, 8 a.m., today and 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Williamsville. Free, Chamber members and prospective members. Reservations, call Kim Whelan, 632-6905.

Buffalo Urban Development Corp, noon, ECIDA/BUDC, 143 Genesee St., Buffalo. Confirmations, call Carrie Hocieniec, 856-6525, Ext. 136. or e-mail: chocieni@ecidany.com.

Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature and Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, "Why are Buffalo Niagara's Art, Architecture, History, and/or Nature Important?" 12:15-1 p.m., The Ring of Knowledge, Main floor near Fables Cafe, Central Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Lafayette Square. Speaker: Jerold C. Bastedo, executive director, Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, Hamburg Natural History Society. Information, visit www.buffaloah.com/h/center/index.html.

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Seminars and classes

Westminster Economic Development Initiative, business mentoring program, 4-6 p.m., 271 Grant St. (former library). Free advice to entrepreneurs and small-business owners on Buffalo's West Side. Information, call Bonnie Smith, 870-6843 or e-mail:bsmith@wedibuffalo.org.

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>Wednesday

Business groups

The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, Morning Business Exchange, networking group meeting, 8 a.m., Olive Tree Family Restaurant, 5240 Broadway, Lancaster. Information, call the Chamber, 681-9755.

The Parachute Group, a networking group for individuals who are in career/job transition, 10 a.m., Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. Information, call 276-1117.

World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara, 2011 State of the Global Economy, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., The Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Speakers: Gary Keith, M&T Bank and Richard Deitz, Federal Reserve Bank of NY. WTCBN's 2011 State of the Global Economy will look at the current state and future outlook of international, national and regional economic conditions. Cost: $45, WTCBN members; $55, nonmembers. Registration information, call 852-7160.

Kiwanis Club of Buffalo, noon, Holiday Inn, 620 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Program: "The work of the Colitis and Crohn's Disease Foundation," presented by Kathy McNally, Immediate Past President of the WNY Chapter, Colitis and Crohn's Disease Foundation of America.

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>Thursday

Professional groups

The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, "Customer Delight: What It Is and How to Measure It" 8:30 a.m., Embassy Suites, 200 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Registration, 8:15 a.m. Speaker: Dr. Donald Barnes, assistant professor in the School of Business at Fredonia State College. Cost: $20, PRSA members; $30, nonmembers, and free for students. Reservations, visit: www.prsabuffaloniagara.com or call 879-0942. Valet parking is available for $10, and several lots and off-street parking are available in addition to valet.

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Business groups

The Western New York Business Network Group for business professionals, 7:45 a.m., Comfort Inn, 1 Flint Road, Amherst. Call 553-8883 or visit www.wnybiznet.com.

The Parachute Group, a networking group for downsized employees and career changers, 10 a.m., Lakewood Town Offices (upstairs), 20 W. Summit St., Lakewood. Information, call Shawn Glogowski, 276-1127.

The Lancaster-Depew Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Kickoff Luncheon, 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., Twin District Fire Hall, 4999 William St., Lancaster. Learn how to help prevention substance abuse among young. Free. Reservations, call Lisa Johnson at the Chamber, 683-4444, Ext. 206.

Rotary Club of Buffalo, 12:15 p.m., Buffalo and Erie County Central Library, Lafayette Square, Buffalo. Program: Lunch and a tour of Rare Book Collection. Information, contact John McClive, 854-3397.

NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life SciencesCommercialization Lecture Series 4-5 p.m., NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, 701 Ellicott St., Buffalo. Program: "Buffalo's Growing Life Sciences Sector: Benefits to Staying Local," featuring Frank Codella, president and CEO, Medical Acoustics. Free. Information, visit www.bioinformatics.buffalo.edu or contact Renata Bator, rmbator@buffalo.edu or 881-7588.

Working for Downtown, Thursday in the City, 5-8 p.m., Papaya, 118 W. Chippewa St., Buffalo. Information, visit www.workingfordowntown.org.

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>Jan. 31

Seminars and classes

The University at Buffalo's Center for Industrial Effectiveness, Certified Lean Professional Course, 6-9 p.m., through June 6, TCIE, UB's Baird Research Park, 1576 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Information including tuition costs and registration, call theUB Center for Industrial Effectiveness, 636-2568 or e-mail RonnieWiles at vfwiles@buffalo.edu.

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>Feb. 1

Professional groups

The Buffalo Niagara Travel Professionals, 5:15-6 p.m., dinner meeting, Sonoma Grill, 5010 Main Street, Snyder. Speaker: Claire Knowles of Lights On! Cost: $23, BNTP member; $28, guests and late fee. Reservations, e-mail Marydel Gaiser, del125@roadrunner.com.

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Seminars and classes

MedTech Institute, Surviving a Recall: Strategies for Avoidance, Mitigation and Survival 1:30-4:30 p.m., Buffalo Niagara Partnership, 665 Main St., Buffalo. Program: Workshop with audience Q&A, followed by a cocktail reception. Information and registration, visit: www.medtech.org/events.aspx.

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>Feb. 2

Professional groups

Buffalo Chapter of International Association of Administrative Professionals, IAAP, networking and dinner meeting, 5:15 p.m., Chef's, 291 Seneca St., Buffalo. Dinner, 6 p.m. Program: "Fundamentals of Fraud," presented by U.S. Attorney William L. Hochul Jr. For information or reservations, call Denice T. Hughes, 821-0534 or e-mail: denikenny@roadrunner.com.

The Independent Association of Accountants of New York, tax season and round table dinner meeting, 6 p.m., Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Discussion follow. Open to tax and accounting professionals. Information and reservations, call 674-0636.

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Business groups

The Canisius College Women's Business Center, "Sister Mixer," its annual winter networking event, 810 a.m., Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Historic Site, 641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. This event is free and open to all people in business. Light refreshments will be served. No reservations required. Information, call Sheila Walsh, 888-8285 or visit www.canisius.edu/wbc.

The Evans Agency, first annual Western New York Farm Show today and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hamburg Fairgrounds Showplex, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Regional farm owners, landscapers, agribusiness people, and anyone with a general interest in the agricultural industry are invited to attend this admission-free trade show. Planned events include educational workshops, prize drawings, a Skid Steer Rodeo, and a weather and commodity price-predicting groundhog. WYRK 106.5FM Radio will be on site with Clay Moden for live broadcasts on Wednesday.

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