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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

Business groups

BNI Executive Marketing Team, breakfast meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Information, contact Mia Banaszak, 238-4041, or visit www.bniemt.com.

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

Niagara Business Network, 8-9:15 a.m., Dick & Jenny's restaurant, 1270 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Information, visit www.Niagara-Business-Network.com or call Jim Sokolsi 863-0260.

Lancaster Industrial Development Agency, board meeting, 8:45 a.m., Lancaster Town Hall, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster.

Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature and Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Lecture Discussion Series, "Imagine Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?", 12:10-1 p.m., Ring of Knowledge, main floor near Fables Cafe, Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Speaker: Sally Jean Cunningham, Garden Walk Buffalo and National Garden Festival. Information, visit www.buffaloah.com.

Western New York Chamber Alliance and Clarence Chamber of Commerce, China Trip information session, 7 p.m., Clarence Library, 3 Town Place, Clarence. Registration, contact Judy, 631-3888. Trip information, visit www.clarence.org.

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>Wednesday

Professional groups

Machine Shops Association of Western New York, dinner meeting, 5 p.m., The Hamburg Casino at the Fairgrounds, 5820 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Information, call Rose Guerin, 609-6065.

The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Accreditation in Public Relations orientation session, 6:15 p.m., Classroom Building, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Registration, visit www.prsabuffaloniagara.com or call 879-0942.

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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. Call 276-1117.

Buffalo Kiwanis, noon, Holiday Inn, 620 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Speaker: Kean Stimm.Cost of lunch, $15. Information, call John Moffitt, 867-2236.

National Association of Purchasing Management-Buffalo, dinner meeting, 5 p.m., Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Williamsville. Cost: $25, members and guests, $15, full-time students. Reservations, call Nancy Boyd Haley, 648-0972; fax, 646-1599; or email napmbflo@roadrunner.com.

BNI Platinum, business networking social, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Sonoma Grille, 5010 Main St. Synder. Information, contact Karen Benz Coen, Benz Associates, 648-3230.

WNY Linux User Group Meeting, 6:30-9 p.m., The PCA Group, 455 Cayuga Road, Suite 200 Buffalo. Information, visit www.wnylug.org; registration, visit www.thepcagroup.com.

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Seminars and classes

The Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center, second edition Survive and Thrive: Essentials for Starting Your Own Small Business workshop, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Burchfield Penney Art Museum, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Registration 8-8:30 a.m. Cost: $20, individuals; fee is waived for Buffalo State faculty, staff, students, alumni and U.S. military veterans. Information, call 878-4030.

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>Thursday

Business groups

BNI Platinum, weekly meeting, 6:45 a.m., Milos Restaurant, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. Information, contact Karen Benz Coen, Benz Associates, 648-3230.

BNI Signature, weekly meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Knights of Columbus Banquet Facility, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Information, contact Jarrett Pace, 361-6869, or visit www.facebook.com/BNI.Signature.

BNI Pinnacle, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Information, contact Joe Zgoda, 254-4444.

The WNY Business Alliance, business-to-business networking meeting, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Millennium Hotel and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Call David Nestico, 310-3235, or visit www.wnyba.com.

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.

Erie County Industrial Development Agency, 8:30 a.m., followed by the Buffalo and Erie County Regional Development Corp. meeting, 10 a.m., ECIDA, 143 Genesee St., Buffalo. Confirmations, call Carrie A. Hocieniec, 856-6525, Ext. 136.

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

Rotary Club of Buffalo, 12:15 p.m., Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace. Program: Annual Trade Show, presented by Jason Krempa, chair. Information, call 854-3397.

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

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Seminars and classes

Retirement Wellness Checkup seminar, 7-8 p.m., Orchard Glenn, 6055 Armor Road, Orchard Park. Registration, 6:45 p.m. Information and required reservations, call Tim Stevenson 948-7829.

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>Friday

Business groups

BNI Circle of Excellence, networking meeting 6:45 a.m., Milo's Restaurant, 5877 Main St. Williamsville. Information, contact Daniel Young, 408-2525.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership Movers & Shakers: Chat with William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 8-9:30 a.m., Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Knox Room, 665 Main Street, Suite 200, Buffalo. Free, Partnership members; $25 nonmembers. Information, visit www.newyorkfed.org. Register: www.thepartnership.org/events or 541-1770.

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>April 16

Business groups

The Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Joint Meeting of the Members, 9 a.m., ECIDA Offices, 143 Genesee St., Buffalo, followed by the Buffalo and Erie County Regional Development Corp. Joint Annual Board of Directors and Membership Meeting; followed by the Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corp. joint annual board of directors meeting. Confirmations, call Carrie Hocieniec, 856-6525, Ext. 136.

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>April 17

Professional groups

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, monthly luncheon meeting, noon, Danforth Training Room, 200 Colvin Woods Parkway, Tonawanda. Cost, $15, all attendees. Program: "Mind over Matter; the Mark O'Brien Story," presented by Marine Corporal Mark O'Brien. Required reservations, contact Tom Weisbeck, 523-2785.

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Business groups

The Business Education Alliance of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, luncheon meeting, noon, American Grille on Seneca, 7901 Seneca St., East Aurora. Program: Challenges Currently Facing Our Schools, presented by Robert M. Bennett, state Board of Regents, chancellor emeritus. Cost, luncheon event, $15. Information and registration, contact the Chamber office, 652-8444 or eanycc@verizon.net.

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, after hours networking event, Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m., KeyBank branch, 804 Hopkins, Williamsville. Free to Amherst Chamber members. Information or reservations, visit www.amherst.org or call 632-6905.

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Seminars and classes

Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives, luncheon seminar, noon, Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, 2402 N. Forest Road, Getzville. Registration, 11:30 a.m. Program:"Motivating Self and (Hopefully) Others," presented by Jackie Stroh, president, Clarion Call. Cost: $25, nonmembers; $15, members and students. Registration, call 662-2279 or visit www.bnsme.org.

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>April 18

Professional groups

The Greater Buffalo Business Owners and Managers Association, 11:30 a.m., Curly's Grill and Banquet Center, 647 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. Program: Donovan State Office Building repositioning and its role in Canal Side Project, presented by Danielle Shainbrown, McGuire Development Co., and David McNamara, Phillips Lytle. Registration information, visit www.bomabuffalo.com.

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Seminars and classes

Fourteen Ways to Preserve Your Assets with the Medicaid Laws, a free seminar, 5:30 p.m., Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Williamsville. Speakers: Robert Friedman, Esq., Friedman & Ranzenhofer, and Jeffrey Vastola, M&T Insurance Group. Registration, 542-5444.

Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Product Development and Management Association, 6-8 p.m., Rich Product Corporate Headquarters, 1 Robert Rich Way, Buffalo. Discusstion: Rich Product's Corporate Design for Innovation including lessons learned. Cost: $10, students and members; $20, nonmembers. Information, e-mail: buffalo-niagara@pdma.org or call Francisco Arinci, 225-2920.