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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, N.Y. 14240, by the preceding Thursday or fax to 849-4587.

Mayor Anthony Masiello, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and Partner America Small Business Initiative will present a free conference to promote business growth and development from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Two Fountain Plaza. For reservations, phone 842-2667, Ext. 180.

Speakeasy Toastmasters will meet at 7 p.m. at 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.

The Executive Marketing Team, a business networking group, will meet from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Amherst Pepsi Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, Williamsville. Visitors are welcome. For reservations, phone Steve Cotter at 662-6512, Ext. 434.

The University of Buffalo's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership will host "The Four Roles of a Leader: How to Make Every Team Player a Leader" from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Buffalo Convention Center. Stephen Covey will be the presenter. The fee is $389. To register, phone (800) 873-3451.

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.

The Rotary Club of Buffalo-Sunrise will hold a breakfast meeting from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, 6 Fountain Plaza. The cost is $12 for members and visiting Rotarians; guests free. For reservations, phone Greg Norton at 847-8170.

The Niagara Falls Boulevard Networking Group will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Country Kitchen, 2075 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. New members welcome. For more information, phone Ron Sciandra at 834-8660.

The Niagara International Trade Council will hold its monthly International Traders Program from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St. Elwood Pye, president of Global Business Alliances, will discuss "Asia's Economic Recovery: Lessons and Opportunities" at the earlier session. At 1:30 p.m., an Asian Resource Group meeting will be held to discuss travel suggestions and share contacts and resources. The cost is $25 for members and guests, $30 non-members. For information, phone 852-7160.

Clarence Heritage Business and Professional Women's Club will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. at the Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Road, Clarence. Dinner and gourmet cooking classes will be featured. the cost is $25. For reservations, 741-8238.

A free retirement planning workshop will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Sept. 21 at Classics V Conference & Banquet Center, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. A buffet dinner will be served. For reservations, phone 827-0737.

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Niagara County, will host a satellite teleconference on Public Employee Retirement Benefits from 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. at its 4-H Training Center Building, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. There is a $10 fee. For registration form, phone 433-8939. University Heights CDA and the Gloria J. Parks Community Center will sponsor First Time Homebuyers classes on Tuesdays (Sept. 19-Oct. 3) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the community center. 3242 Main St. The registration fee is $35. For information or registration, phone Alyce Cuddy at 832-1010.

The Western Region of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations will hold an information/registration session for its Supervisory Studies Program at 5:30 p.m. in Erie 1 Boces, 1050 Maryvale Drive. For details, 852-4191.

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Construction Financial Mangement Association will meet at 7:30 a.m. at Amherst Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Robert A. Doren will discuss "Are You in Compliance with Prevailing Rate Laws?" The cost is $20 for members, $25 non-members.

The Western New York Venture Association will hold a forum at 7:30 a.m. at The Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave. Speakers will be Lalit Goel, chief financial officer at ItsAWinWin, and Christopher Dillon, president of Admission -- members and first-time guests of members are free; non-members $20 -- includes a continental breakfast. For information or registration, phone 636-3626.

A breakfast workshop on Internet Marketing will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center, 50 E. North St. The cost is $50.

Fleet Small Business Services and Cornell University will present a free seminar on "Selection and Hiring" from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. Registration and breakfast buffet at 7:30 a.m. For reservations, phone 847-4243 by Sept. 11; for information, (800) 387-3254.

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce will hold a breakfast networking meeting at 8 a.m. in the Olive Tree restaurant, 5240 Broadway, Lancaster. Visitors are welcome. For information, phone Kathy Konst 681-9755.

Speak for Success, a chapter of Toastmasters International, will meet from 11:55 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the auditorium at Veridian Engineering, 4455 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. For reservations, phone Karen Thompson at 631-6809 or Kevin Leous at 631-6968.

The Buffalo Society of Security Analysts will hold a professional seminar from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Chef's restaurant, 291 Seneca St. Michael Piemonte, administrative vice president of corporate finance and investors relations for M&T Bank, will speak. The cost is $12 for members, $15 for guests. For reservations, Jim Lindak at 856-3428.

Health Care Industries Association will hold its monthly meeting from 4 to 5 p.m. at IMMCO Diagnostics, 60 Pineview Drive, Amherst. For reservations, 829-3888.

Cisco and infoTech Niagara will host a free presentation titled "AVVID -- Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data" at 5:30 p.m. at the Center For Tomorrow, University of Buffalo Amherst Campus, Flint at Maple roads. For reservations,

The Center for Professional Development at Canisius College will offer a course titled "Retirement Plans: Basic Features and Defined Contribution Approaches" on Wednesdays (Sept. 20-Nov. 29) from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. at Canisius Center at Amherst. For registration information, phone 862-4600.

The Society of Human Resources Management-Niagara Frontier Chapter will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6 p.m. at the Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. Topics of discussion are telecommuting, employment discrimination, and the Weingarten Rights for Non-Union Workers. To register, or 884-2600 (fax). For questions, 832-0151.

Microsoft Corp. will offer a free seminar from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Adam's Mark Hotel for small business owners and managers on effective use of its software. To register call (877) 435-7638 or go to

The Society of Financial Service Professionals will present a live videoconference for life insurance agents on "Making the Decision to Become a Financial Planner" from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at WNED-TV, 140 Lower Terrace. The fee is $89 for members and $119 for non-members. Call Christopher Marks at 842-0220 for more information.

The Erie County Local Emergency Planning Committee invites the public to attend its meeting at 2 p.m. at the 3M Co. facility, 305 Sawyer Road, Tonawanda. The session will include information about the committee, which is charged with preventing chemical emergencies, and a tour of 3M.

The Health Care Industries Association will meet at 4 p.m. at IMMCO Diagnostics Inc., 60 Pineview Drive, Amherst. Please confirm attendance at 829-3885.

Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations will hold a business writing workshop entitled "How to Start and Manage Your Business" from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the UAW/GM Resource Center, 4225 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. The cost, $20, includes coffee and doughnuts. For information, or reservations, 551-4301.

The Western New York Technology Development Center will conduct a workshop, "Principles of Lean Manufacturing with Live Simulation" from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Advanced Training Center, 275 Oak St. The fee is $250/$225 for three or more from the same company. For information or registration, 636-3626.

The New York State Commercial Association of Realtors will hold its monthly breakfast meeting at 8:30 a.m. at Country Kitchen, 2075 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Thomas A. Kucharski, president and chief executive officer of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, will discuss regional image building, business attraction marketing and a region-wide management system. The cost is $8.

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

The Orchard Park Business & Professional Women will hold a membership tea at 5:30 p.m. in the McKinley Mall Community Room, 3701 McKinley Parkway, Blasdell. For information or reservations, phone Ceil 668-4610 by Sept. 18.

The Niagara Frontier Section of the Air and Waste Management Association will hold a dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Zoo. Rick Paine, vice president of operations for the zoo, will discuss "The Zoo as a Tool for Teching Environmentalism." A social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $25 for members, $28 non-members, $10 students, $15 sponsored non-member guests.

A free tourism networking seminar will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Findley Lake Community Center on North Road (County Road 3), Findley Lake. The topic will be "How to Use Packaging in Tourism Marketing." For reservations, 934-3775 or

ASM-Buffalo Chapter will meet at 5:30 p.m. for a tour of Gibraltar Metals, 1050 Military Road. Dinner will follow at Don Pablo's Restaurant on Elmwood Avenue. For reservations, call Paul Ehrmann at 308-3539.

The Institute of Management Accountants-Buffalo Chapter will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Hearthstone Manor on Dick Road in Cheektowaga. Andrew J. Rudnick, president and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership will discuss "Exciting Economic Incentive Initiatives in Western New York." The cost is $20. For reservations, call Lawrence Palaszynski at 675-8258.

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 Barb Trebilcock at 655-1037.

Consulting Task Force will sponsor an Executive Briefing on "Selling is NOT Telling, Selling is Asking" from 8 to 9 a.m. at its office, 37 N. Union Road, Williamsville. The cost is $25 for up to three people and includes breakfast. For reservations, phone 634-7013.

Pension Services of Western New York will host a free live, interactive Webcast seminar from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Canisius Center at Amherst, 300 Corporate Parkway, Amherst. Topics include "Fiduciary Responsibility Regarding Retirement Plan Fees" and "Repeal of 415(e), ERIS Update." For reservations, 674-7200 or

The Western Region of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations will hold an information/registration session for its Dispute Resolution Studies Program at 8 a.m. in Erie 1 Boces, 1050 Maryvale Drive. For details, 852-4191.

Sept. 26

Lumsden & McCormick will host a conference on "Leadership -- The Influence Edge" from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. Bill Hawkins, a nationally recognized leadership expert and lecturer, will speak. The $60 fee includes breakfast, lunch and breaks. To register, phone Tonya Gaines at 856-3300.

The Western New York Technology Development Center's Division of Small Manufacturers Assistance and the FDA Northeast Regional Office will hold a workshop on "FDA Medical Devices" today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sept. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. The fee, $225, includes meals and materials for both days. For information or to register, phone Sandie Ruggiero at 636-3626.

Bonnie Gordon Flickinger will present "Making Money on the Stock Market and Keeping More of It" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays (Sept. 26-Oct. 248) in the Trinity Center, 371 Delaware Ave. For registration and fees, call 852-8317.

The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours networking event from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Williamsville. Free to chamber members, otherwise $5 at the door. For reservations, 681-9755.

The Internal Revenue Service will sponsor a Buffalo Small Business Employer Workshop from 6 to 9 p.m. at the IRS Business Assistance Center, 201 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. For required registration, phone 686-4880 or (800) 487-4716, or

The Western New York Chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association will hold its kickoff meeting at 6 p.m. at Rich Renaissance Center, 1 West Ferry St. Frank Puleo, president of National Caterers Association, will discuss "Catering Trends 2000." The cost is $15. For reservations, phone Lynn Mauro at 689-2580.

The Society of Plastic Engineers-Buffalo Section will hold its monthly officers and board of directors meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Shamus Restaurant, 98 West Ave., Lockport. For reservations, phone Tim Schwab at 662-8550, Ext. 145.

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