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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, N.Y. 14240, by the preceding Thursday.

MONDAY
Canisius College's Center for Professional Development will offer a course entitled "How Insurance Works" on Mondays (Sept. 29-Oct. 6) from 8 a.m. to noon in the Canisius Center in Amherst. For more information and/or registration, phone 862-4660.

Forty Plus of Buffalo Inc., a job search assistance organization, will hold a free informational meeting for prospective participants at 10 a.m. in its 7th floor office at 701 Seneca St. Forty Plus assists mature unemployed and about-to-be unemployed executives, managers, supervisors and other professionals in developing and implementing a local or national job search. For more information, phone 856-0491.

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Instrument Society of America will hold its Membership Night at 6 p.m. at New York Caterers & Colonial Grove, 100 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Anyone interested in system automation, measurement and control is invited. For reservations, phone 876-0703.

Erie Community College North Campus will offer a debt elimination course entitled "How to Own Your Paycheck Again" from 7 to 9 p.m. The fee is $24. "Strategies for Uncertain Markets" will be offered at the South Campus. The time and fee are the same. For more information, call the college at 851-1800.

TUESDAY
Women for Downtown will present a forum on the possibility of a state constitution at noon in the Buffalo Hilton. Laurence Paul, deputy editorial page editor of The Buffalo News, will moderate. Gerald Benjamin, research director of the former Temporary State Commission on Constitutional Revision, will speak in favor of a convention. Frank Mauro, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, will speak against it. The cost is $15, including lunch and parking. Contact Elizabeth Ras of Foit Albert Associates, 763 Main St., for reservations.

The Buffalo Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association will hold a dinner meeting at 6 p.m. in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. The organization's national chief, Richard Wills, will speak on "The Year of Technology." The cost is $25. For reservations, call Linda Seipel at 937-6313.

The Business Development Committee of the Allentown Association will meet at 7 p.m. in the association's offices at 234 Allen St. All Allentown merchants are welcome.

The Business Ties Networking Group will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the Four Seasons Restaurant, 3388 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. For more information, phone Linda Chojnacki at 689-5091.

The Health Information Management Association of Western New York will hold its annual meeting and dinner at 1 p.m. in the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Flora Allen, manager of Financial Investigations for BC/BS of Rochester, will discuss fraud and abuse. Tena Garas, a registered nurse, will present "Laughing Your Way to Health and Happiness." The fee is $20; walk-in registration is welcome.

The Professional and Businesswomen of Polonia will begin its membership meeting at 5:30 p.m. with a networking session at the Heritage Inn, 1954 Union Road, West Seneca. Dr. Melissa Wanzer, assistant professor of communication studies at Canisius College, will give a presentation on "Team Building." For more information or reservations, phone Sue at 884-9666.

Citibank will present free seminars for home buyers at 6 p.m. at JRC Realty, 425 William St. and at its Delaware-Hertel branch, 2310 Delaware Ave. Discussions will center on shopping for a home, appropriate price range, financing options, and the legal process. For reservations, phone 852-7947 (for JRC location) and 873-4233 (for Citibank).

Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations will offer a workshop entitled "Workers' Rights and Workfare," from 6 to 9 p.m. in its office, 237 Main St., Suite 1200. Joel Poch, counsel for AFSCME Council 66, will lead the workshop. The cost is $40. For more information and/or reservations, phone Alex Blair or Becky Daniels at 852-4191.

An introductory course in business ownership basics will be offered from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays (Sept. 30-Nov. 4 at the Jamestown campus of Jamestown Community College. Tuition is $30. For more information, call 665-5220, Ext. 409.

WEDNESDAY
The Western New York Venture Forum will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Marriott Inn, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. Allen "Pete" Grum, president of Rand Capital Corp., will discuss the venture capital fund's operations and investment criteria. For more information, call Jack McGowan or Jeanne Stoness at 636-3626.

The Niagara Business Alliance and the Greater Buffalo Partnership will jointly sponsor a forum on deregulation of the electric power industry from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. The $10 fee includes a continental breakfast. For reservations, call the Partnership at 852-7100, Ext. 363.

The Inventors Alliance of America, Buffalo Chapter, will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Baird Research Park, 1576 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Wilson Greatbatch, inventor of the implantable pacemaker and lithium batteries for medical applications, will speak. Admission is free to members, $15 for guests.

The Buffalo Networking Group will meet at 8 a.m. in the Original Pancake House, 5479 Main St., Williamsville. For more information, phone Ward Caldbick at 634-2268.

Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations will present a seminar for managers, union leaders and health and safety specialists entitled "Evaluating Health and Safety Risks: Hiring or Retaining Workers with Disabilities" from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $125. For reservations, phone 852-4191.

The Investment Center at Rochester Savings Bank will sponsor a seminar on "Long Term Care: How You Can Protect What Matters Most?" at 4:30 p.m. at the bank's Sheridan-Delaware Plaza office. For reservations, phone Joe Baggiano at 874-7656.

Information on starting a business will be given in a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jamestown Community College Jamestown campus. The fee is $10. For more information, phone 665-5754 or 800-522-7232.

Management principles and problem solving and decision making will be discussed during a series for human services professionals to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays (Oct. 1-15) at the Jamestown Community College in Jamestown. Problem and decision analysis techniques and continuous improvement tools will be discussed. For tuition and registration information, phone 665-5220, Ext. 446.

The Independent Association of Accountants of New York Inc. will hold a technical dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Gary M. Kanaley and George B. Rich, attorneys with Magavern, Kanaley, Rich and Bencini, will discuss "Procedure for Personal Injury and Product Liability Actions and Aspects of Taxability on Damages Collected." For more information or reservations, phone 674-0636.

"Synergy" will the topic of the Northtowns Chapter of the American Business Women's Association's dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Shepherd's Restaurant, 8222 Transit Road. The cost is $12. Cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, phone Rita at 877-7692.

The Buffalo Chapter of Professional Secretaries International will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the University Inn & Conference Center, 2401 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Sue Smith will discuss "Share the Gift of Life: Organ Donation." Networking starts at 5:30 p.m.

A resume/job search seminar for job seekers of all ages will be conducted by Forty Plus of Buffalo Inc. from 10:05 a.m. to 1:05 p.m. in the organization's 7th floor office at 701 Seneca St. The $35 fee includes a resume book. For more information and reservations, phone 856-0491 or 655-4526.

THURSDAY
Members of the Illuminating Engineering Society of Western New York will travel by bus to the Toronto International Lightfair and Exposition. They will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the rear parking lot of Thruway Lanes. Coffee will be available at Buffalo Light and Supply at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $15 for members, $25 non-members, and includes coffee, doughnuts, transportation and admission.

Resource Planning Associates Inc. will sponsor a conference for small businesses entitled "Operation 2000: Opportunities and Technology for the Dawn of a New Era," from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Buffalo Hilton. Representatives of General Motors Corp., Dun & Bradsteet and West Valley Nuclear Services will speak. The $30 fee includes breakfast and parking. For reservations, call 895-2218.

The Industrial Forum of Eastern Erie County will hold a luncheon meeting at noon in Ripa's Restaurant, Walden Avenue at Pavement Road, Lancaster. Attorney Gary Gleba will discuss the implications of new legislation regarding the administration of health insurance for employees. The cost is $8. For reservations, phone Brenda or Paula at 684-7600.

The Western New York Business Network, a networking group for sales professionals, will meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Four Seasons Restaurant, 3388 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Ken Rhodes of Resultants International will speak. New members welcome. For more information, phone Rick Marzullo at 684-5600.

The Buffalo Chapter of the Association for Legal Administrators will sponsor its annual Vendor Cocktail Party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Office, facilities and equipment managers will have the opportunity to meet local sales persons and review their products and services in a low-pressure atmosphere. The cost is $17.50 and includes food, beverage, music and line dancing. For reservations, phone phone Michele Balseca at 854-2620.

The Reliance Financial Group will host a free workshop on "Think of Your Future: Retirement Planning" from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Oct. 8 in the Amherst Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd. A buffet dinner will be served. For reservations, phone 827-0737.

FRIDAY
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 for humorous speech contest and speech evaluation contest. Free underground parking. For more information, phone Vickie at 842-5787.

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will hold its First Annual Oktoberfest After Hours Business Mixer from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Centerpointe Corporate Park, 325 Essjay Road, Amherst. There will be German beer, food, dancers and networking in a casual environment. The event is open to those ages 21 and older. Admission is $5.

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