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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
Buffalo/Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives will hold a luncheon meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Classics V Restaurant, 2443 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Ron Merbler, dealer strategy manager at Ford Motor Co., will discuss "Retail vs. eTail," Ford's new multimillion-dollar Internet sales program. The fee is $30 for non-members, $16 for students. For reservations, phone 877-6763 or 825-0486 (FAX) by Jan. 26.

Speakeasy Toastmasters will meet at 7 p.m. in the Mansard Inn, 3365 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. A social period begins at 6:30 p.m. For information, phone Bob Gadd at 591-2517 or Mark Hess at 655-5214.

TUESDAY
Aspiring business owners are invited to attend a free breakfast seminar at 8:30 a.m. in the University at Buffalo's Executive Development Center in the Butler Mansion at 672 Delaware Ave. The program is part of the UB School of Management's ongoing effort to serve the local business community. Representatives from the UB Business Alliance, the Internal Revenue Service, the Western New York Technology Development Center and other agencies will participate. For information or registration, call 645-3000.

The Business Ties Networking Group will meet at 8:30 a.m. in Shannon's Pub, 5050 Main St., Snyder. New members welcome. For more information, phone Linda Chojnacki at 614-6091.

Buffalo Niagara Women in Travel will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 5:45 p.m. at the Italian Village Restaurant, 804 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. Topics will include the group's Web page and "How To Prepare For Your 90th Birthday -- Caring for the Aging and Preparing Yourself." For reservations, phone Kathy Hall-Zientek at 687-5412.

The Amherst Business & Professional Women's Organization will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6 p.m. at Fanny's Restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Sandra Velasco from the Everywoman Opportunity Center will speak, and the annual Young Careerist Speak-Off competition will be held. Guests are welcome. The cost is $15. For reservations, phone Liz Mucilli at 834-5627.

The New York State Restaurant Association will hold a seminar by Bill Marvin, "The Restaurant Doctor," at 6:30 p.m. at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell. He will discuss "Service is a Human Equation: Keys to Memorable Customer Service." The cost is $10 for members, $15 non-members. For reservations, phone Lynn Mauro at 689-2580.

WEDNESDAY
The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will hold a professional networking meeting for members at 8:30 a.m. at its office, 325 Essjay Road, Williamsville.

Hunt Real Estate will present a free Real Estate Career Breakfast and Seminar at 9 a.m. Lockport Country Club, 717 East Avenue, Lockport. It is open to all who are interested in learning about the real estate profession. For reservations, phone Lynn D'Auria at 633-9400 or 743-5724 voice mail.

Alfred University will present "Entrepreneurial Diversity in the 21st Century," a series of panel discussions, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Olin Building, College of Business. Discussions will focus on business policy, family business management and entrepreneurship in the arts. For information, phone (607) 871-2373.

The Engineering Society of Buffalo Retirees will hold its luncheon meeting at noon at the Family Tree Restaurant, 4346 Bailey Ave., Eggertsville. For information, phone 873-4455.

The Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon meeting at noon in the Best Western Lockport Inn, 515 S. Transit Road, Lockport. John B. Sheffer II, executive director of the Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth, will give an analysis of major performance indicators for the Buffalo/Niagara region. It will be preceded by a membership reception at 11:30 a.m. The cost for the luncheon and program is $12 in advance, $14 at the door. For reservations, phone 433-3828.

An orientation meeting for the next Dale Carnegie Course will be held at 6 p.m. at 2350 N. Forest Road, Getzville. For information or reservations, phone 688-8100.

The Northtowns Charter Chapter of American Business Women's Association will hold a dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Park Lane Restaurant, 33 Gates Circle. Mayor Anthony Masiello will discuss "The City of Buffalo's Future in the New Millennium," followed by a question and answer period. Networking begins at 5:30. Spouses, business associates and guests are welcome. For necessary reservations, phone Elaine S. Friedhaber at 882-1644.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Airport Holiday Inn, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Rosanne Dee of RT Dee & Associates will will discuss "Leadership Skills." For information, phone Maureen A. Kirchmyer at 675-1749.

THURSDAY
Buffalo II Business Networking Group will meet at 7 a.m. at the Amherst Pepsi Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Dr., Williamsville. Guests are welcome. For information, phone W. Shawn Manley at 651-6130.

The Elma Business Referral Network will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Autumnview Restaurant, 6650 Clinton St. New members welcome. For information, phone Bob Kuebler at 743-7136.

The Western New York Business Network, a networking group for sales professionals, will meet at 7:45 a.m. at Shannon's Pub, 5050 Main St., Snyder. New members welcome. For information, phone Mark Connolly at 893-4774.

The WNY Association of Mortgage Brokers will hold a breakfast meeting from 9 a.m. to noon at Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. The meeting is free to members and their staffs. For reservations, phone 675-6871 (fax).

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

The Small Business Development Center at Niagara County Community College, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, will sponsor "Winter Tune-ups for Your Business" from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Registration is free; phone 614-6480 for information.

InfoTech Niagara will present "DVD Digital & Dazzling" from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at The Tralf. The cost is $10 for members, $15 non-members. For information or reservations, phone 856-8111 or 856-1744 (fax).

The Industrial Forum of Eastern Erie County will tour PCB Plezotronics Inc., 3425 Walden Ave., Depew, at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow in Ripa's Restaurant, Walden Avenue at Pavement Road, Lancaster. The cost is $16. For reservations, phone Brenda or Alisa by Tuesday at 684-7600, Ext. 0.

"How to Survive Legally as a Landlord" will be presented by attorney/author Robert Friedman from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m at Clarence Middle School, Room 103, 10150 Greiner Road, Clarence. He will discuss leases, evictions, Smalls Claims Court, discrimination laws and civil liability. There is a registration and book fee. To register, 759-8331.

The University at Buffalo School of Management will hold an information session at 7 p.m. in 106 Jacobs Center, North Campus for those interested in learning about the MBA program. For reservations, phone 645-3204.
FRIDAY
Buffalo First Networking Group will meet at 7 a.m. at the Days Inn, 4345 Genesee St. For information or reservations, phone Katie Clark at 882-0666.

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. Phone Veronica Hogle at 835-5078.

Consulting Task Force will sponsor an Executive Briefing on "Using Your Accountant to Grow Your Business" from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Country Kitchen restaurant, 2075 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. The cost is $25 for up to three people and includes breakfast. For reservations, phone 634-7013.

EARLY NEXT WEEK

Feb. 7

Buffalo Niagara Partnership will host a Congressional Dialogue Breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Tops Corporate Headquarters, 6363 Main St., Williamsville. Congressmen John LaFalce, Tom Reynolds, Amo Houghton and Jack Quinn will discuss "Partnership Federal Priorities." The cost is $10 for members, $15 non-members. For reservations, phone 851-7100, Ext. 222 by Feb. 1.

The Engineering Society of Buffalo will hold its Ways and Means and Board of Directors meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Turner's Landing, 83 Niagara St., Tonawanda. For information, phone 873-4455.

Feb. 8

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will hold a professional networking meeting for members at 8:30 a.m. at its office, 325 Essjay Road, Williamsville. A strategic planning session for Women Owners, Managers & Executive Network (W.O.M.E.N.) will be held at noon. Lunch will be served. For reservations, phone Susan Heimiller at 632-6905.

The Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Second Annual Niagara County Community Leaders Luncheon at noon in the ballroom at the Days Inn, 201 Rainbow Blvd. A reception begins at 11:30 a.m. For reservations, phone Patti Frentzel at 285-9141.

The Insurance Women of Buffalo will hold a membership/business meeting at 6 p.m. at Fanny's Restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. James Page, senior crash reconstructionist analyst of Veridian Engineering, will give a presentation on "Air Bag Safety." There also will be an open forum on ethics. For information, phone Jo Ann Decker at 883-1455.

The Western New York Medical Managers Network will meet at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Hospital, 2605 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga. Ann Marie Adams from BDO Seidman will discuss discuss "Accounting in Managing Your Office."

Feb. 9

The National Association of Credit Managers -- Buffalo Chapter of the Credit and Financial Development Division will hold its educational dinner meeting at 6 p.m. at the Amherst Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Dr. Rolf Sovik will discuss "Stress Management -- Career Burnout." Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. For reservations and information, phone Margaret Piecuil at 826-6500, Ext. 3243.

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