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Business calendar

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 emailed to fin@buffnews.com by the preceding Thursday.

>Monday

Business groups

ECIDA/RDC Policy Committee Meeting, 8:30 a.m., ECIDA Offices, 143 Genesee St., Buffalo. Reservations, contact Carrie Hocieniec, 856-6525, Ext. 136 or chocieni@ecidany.com.

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>Tuesday

Business groups

Niagara Business Network 8-9:15 a.m., Dick & Jenny's, 1270 Baseline Road., Grand Island.Information, call Jim Sokolski, 863-0260.

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 BiNational 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: Debbie Whitehouse, senior director guest relations, The Niagara Parks Commission. Information, visit www.buffaloah.com.

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Seminars and classes

The Niagara County Industrial Development Agency, and the Niagara USA Chamber U.S., free informational seminar on the economic development resources available in Niagara County, 8-10 a.m., Vantage Centre, 6311 Inducon Corporate Drive, Sanborn. Reservations, contact Maria Cardamone, Niagara USA Chamber, 285-9141.

The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, sales seminar, 8 a.m.-noon, Iron Kettle Restaurant, 1009 Olean Road. Topic: "How You Can Sell Anything More Persuasively!" Cost, $30. Information and registration, call 652-8444.

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>Wednesday

Professional groups

Engineering Society of Buffalo, retirees luncheon meeting, noon, Royal Family Restaurant, 1320 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda. Information, call John Beishline, 694-5154.

Buffalo Chapter of the Project Management Institute, monthly dinner meeting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Millennium Hotel and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Program: "Mastering Agile Project Management and the PMI-ACP Exam," presented by Joe Drammissi. Earn 1.5 PDUs plus an optional 2.0 PDUs. Information, visit www.pmibuffalo.org.

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Business groups

The U.S. Small Business Administration, 2012 SBA Business Matchmaker & Expo, 7 a.m., Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo. SCORE Buffalo Niagara, free learning workshops, Selling to the Government, 9-10 a.m. and 10:15-11:15 a.m. Registration, e-mail Kelly LoTempio, kelly.lotempio@sba.gov.

The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, morning business exchange, networking group meeting, 8 a.m., KeyBank, 5207 Broadway, Lancaster. Information, call the Chamber, 681-9755.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Movers & Shakers, 8-9:30 a.m., BNP offices, 665 Main St., Suite 200, Buffalo. Topic: Energy Infrastructure: Where are we and where should we be?Cost: Free, Partnership members; $25, nonmembers. Registration information, 541-1770.

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.

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

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Seminars and classes

The National Association of Purchasing Management -- Buffalo, seminar, 1-5 p.m., Sean Patrick's Restaurant, 3480 Millersport Highway, Getzville, followed by networking and dinner meeting. Program: "Collaboration: Legal and Accounting: Your Internal Partners" presented by Virginia C. McEldowney, Damon Morey and James W. Ingham, Niagara University. Cost: $30, Members and guests, seminar; $25, dinner, or $50, both. 4 CEH available. Information or reservations, contact Nancy Boyd Haley, 648-0972.

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>Thursday

Business groups

BNI Signature, weekly meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., K of C Banquet Facility, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Information, contact Cher Kempf, 868-6018.

The Lancaster/Depew Rotary Club, breakfast meeting, 7 a.m., Russell's Steaks Chops and More, 6675 Transit Road, Williamsville. Prospective business professionals welcome. Speaker: Dr. Edward Myszka, superintendent of Lancaster School District. Information contact Arthur Rago, 684-2099.

West Seneca chamber of Commerce, Breakfast Speakers Series, 7:30 a.m., The Columns Banquet Hall, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. Information, call Frank Calieri, 674-4900.

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.

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

The University at Buffalo School of Management, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Alumni Association, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives, Entrepalooza '12, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St., Buffalo. Registration, 9 a.m. Keynote speaker: Keith McFarland, author "The Breakthrough Company: How Everyday Companies Become Extraordinary Performers and Bounce: the Art of Turning Tough Times into Triumphs." Featured: Expo & Experts, 27 experts on topics of interest to entrepreneurs, and more than 50 local businesses exhibiting in a tradeshow format. Required reservations and information, call 885-5715.

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, joint meeting with Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Association, 12:15 p.m., Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Program: Ethics Awards. Information, call 854-3397.

VIVE Inc. Freedom in Balance event, 5 p.m., 50 Wyoming Ave., Buffalo. Speaker: Mark G. Pearce, chairman, National Labor Relations Board. Reserved seating. Tickets and information contact Lynne C. Parker, 892-4354 Ext. 403.

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

Amherst Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business Leaders, Food for Thought, 6-7 p.m., Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Amherst. Guest: Tim Herzog, founder, Flying Bison Brewing Co. Cost: $30, Chamber members; $50, nonmembers with dinner and drinks provided. Information or reservations, call the Chamber, 632-6905.

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Seminars and classes

Buffalo Chapter of the Project Management Institute, two-day workshop, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Millennium Hotel and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Program: "PMI-ACP Exam Preparation Seminar," presented by Joe Drammissi. Earn 21.0 PDUs. Information, visit www.pmibuffalo.org.

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>Friday

Business groups

BNI Enterprise, networking meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Fairdale Banquet Center, 672 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Information, contact Grace Luterek, 536-3824.

BNI Circle of Excellence, Visit Day meeting, 6:45-9 a.m., Milo's Restaurant, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. Information, contact Daniel Young 408-2525.

Biz LINKT, networking meeting, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Ken-Ton Chamber Conference Room, 3411 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. Information, contact Len Tobin, 838-6141.

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Seminars and classes

Buffalo Niagara Partnership, B2B Seminar, 8-10 a.m., Buffalo Niagara Partnership, 665 Main St., Suite 200, Buffalo. Topic: Create Your Own Wealth and Protect Your Assets. Cost: Free, Partnership members; $25, nonmembers. Registration, 541-1770.

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>May 15

Professional groups

Greater Buffalo Building Owners and Managers Association, UNYTS Facility Tour, 11:15 a.m., 110 Broadway, Buffalo. Box lunch provided before tour. Immediately following, a blood drive will be held. Registration information, call 856-3801.

The Western New York Paralegal Association, general membership meeting, noon, offices of Phillips Lytle, 3400 HSBC Center, Buffalo. Lunch provided by RICOH and WNYPA. Reservations, contact Laura Szychowski at lszychowski@phillipslytle.com. Please bring proper ID to gain access. Information, visit www.wnyparalegals.org.

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Business groups

Buffalo Niagara 360, Execs Connect, 5:30-8 p.m., Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo. Tickets: $25, members; $50, nonmembers; Buffalo Niagara 360 members.Registration, call 541-1770.

Buffalo Investors & Exchangors Group meeting, 7 p.m., Millennium Hotel and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Program: The ABCs of Landlord Legal Survival, presented by Robert Friedman, Friedman & Ranzenhofer, and How to Acquire Multifamily Investment Property at Bargain Prices, presented by Russell J. Gullo. Free and open to the public. Reservations, call 675-1500.

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>May 16

Professional groups

The Western New York Chapter of the Financial Planning Association, monthly lunch meeting, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Sonoma Grille, 5010 Main St., Snyder. Cost: Free, chapter members; $25, nonmembers. Required reservations, call 688-3096 or visit: www.fpawny.org.

Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives, luncheon seminar, noon-1:15 p.m., Millennium Hotel and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Registration, 11:30 a.m. Cost: $25, nonmembers; $15, members and students. Program: Solving Sales Problems, presented by Bill Knoche, CEO, Integra Enterprises. Registration, call 662-2279.

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Seminars and classes

Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, Economic and Land Development Group, free discussion, 8:30-10 a.m. Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Speaker: Richard M. Tobe, deputy Erie County executive and Maria Whyte, Erie County commissioner of environment & planning. Registration, visit www.jaeckle.com.