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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 or fax to 849-4587.

MONDAY
The Machine Shops Association of Western New York will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Root Five Waterfront Restaurant, 4914 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg. Cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m. For information or reservations, Paul Nowicki at 823-3193.

TUESDAY
The Buffalo APMW and WNY Credit will hold a joint seminar at 1 p.m. at the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Amherst. Edward Rice, an M&T vice president, will discuss the Federal Privacy Act, Steve Kown of Experian will discuss credit scoring and consumer disclosure, and William Ilecki of Horowitz, Frankel and Ilecki will give an introduction to e-signatures. The $20 cost includes hors d'oeuvres and beverages. For reservations, Danielle Petrakis at 651-9808.

The Employee Relations Association of Western New York will tour the auto safety testing area of the Veridian facility, 4455 Genesee St, Cheektowaga, at 5:30 p.m. It will feature automobile crash testing and related procedures including a child safety seat and crash test dummies. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. at the Airport Holiday Inn, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. For reservations, Paul Denning at 631-6983 or 631-6944.

The New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, will offer a workshop titled "Learning Technologies for Improving Performance" on Tuesdays (Feb. 13-April 10) from 6 to 9 p.m. at Maryvale Schools campus. For information or registration, Cynthia Price at 852-4191 or e-mail to cp42@cornell.edu.

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication will meet at 6 p.m. at E-Merge Strategies, Suite M104, Market Arcade Complex, 617 Main Street. For information or registration, Steve Corbett at 823-1194 or stvc@sprynet.com.

A Retirement Planning workshop will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Classics V Banquet Facility, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd, Amherst. Speakers are: a planner from Reliance Financial Group, one from the AARP, a local CPA and an estate-planning attorney. Buffet dinner will served, admission is free. The seminar will be repeated on Feb. 15 at the Radisson Hotel & Suites, 4243 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. For required reservations, 827-0737.

The National Association of Women in Construction will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6:45 p.m. at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Ralph Taliento from the Underground Facilities Protective Organization will give a presentation. For information, Carrie Cariello at 662-2151.

WEDNESDAY
The Morning Trail Blazers Chapter of BNI will meet from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at Westwood Village, 580 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca. Brian Cox, a licensed physical therapist and chiropractor, will speak. For information, Debra Bender at 667-0061.

The Western New York Venture Association will hold a forum at 7:30 a.m. at The Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave. Presentations will be given by representatives of TRIAD College Market Research Group, VerticalGrocer and University at Buffalo Technology Transfer & Licensing. Continental breakfast will be served. Members and first-time guests are free; non-members are $20. For information or registration, Jack McGowan or Rhaelyn Frasier at 636-3626. The Western New York Technology Development Center will present a seminar titled "What is Six Sigma and How Can It Benefit Your Organization?" from 8:15 to 11:30 a.m. at the Center For Tomorrow, University of Buffalo Amherst Campus, Flint at Maple roads. Six Sigma is a method that focuses on improving critical operations using a structured approach. The fee is $60. For information or to register, call 636-3626.

The University at Buffalo School of Management will present "The Rewards of Recognition: How to Generate the Energy Your Organization Needs" from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Buffalo Convention Center. Bob Nelson, author of "1001 Ways to Reward Employees," "1001 Ways to Energize Employees," and "1001 Way to Take Initiative at Work," will speak. The program will be repeated from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $189 with discounts for groups of 10 or more. To register, (800) 873-3451 or www.wny.com or www.teams@wny.com.

The Credit and Financial Development Division -- Buffalo Chapter of NACM will hold an educational dinner meeting at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Amherst, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. John Lefko of Allied Staffing will discuss "The Interview Process from Both Sides of the Desk." For reservations and information, Doreen Neilson at 692-6652.

THURSDAY
The Western New York Business Network, a networking group for sales professionals, will meet at 7:45 a.m. at Le Metro Bakery & Cafe, Walker Center, 5110 Main St., Williamsville. Mike Babbitt of United Dairy will speak. New members welcome. For information, Mark Connolly at 893-4774 or e-mail www.wnybiznet.org.

SCORE and the U.S. Small Business Administration will present a business planning workshop titled "How to Start and Manage Your Business," from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the GM-UAW Training Center, 4225 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. The $25 fee includes coffee and doughnuts. For information and reservations, 551-4301.

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

The Niagara County Community College's Small Business Development Center will sponsor a two-part seminar titled "Winter Tune-ups for Your Business." The first session,"Financing Sources and Business Plan Development," will be held today from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, Room RC 124. The second session, "Developing a Marketing Plan," will be offered at the same time on Feb. 22. Registration is free. To register, 614-6480.

The WNY Chapter of Webgrrls International and infoTech Niagara will hold the first in a series of informational meetings at 5:15 p.m. at the University at Buffalo's Center for Tomorrow, Amherst Campus, Flint at Maple roads. The event takes a close look at how women of all ages and career paths can survive and thrive in a technical world. The fee is $10 for members and students; $15 non-members. Phone Julie Giles at 433-2260 or jgiles@prosysis.com.

The Buffalo Section of the American Society for Quality will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6:45 p.m. at the Buffalo/Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. John F. Young of JFY International will discuss "Application of ISO Quality Systems to Governmental Organizations." A social period begins at 5:45 p.m. The cost is $20 for members and student non-members, $10 for student ASQ members. For reservations, 873-4455 or e-mail esb@pcom.net.

The Buffalo World Trade Association will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Fanny's Restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Cocktails will be available at 5:30 p.m. For information and reservations, 877-1452.

The Grand Island Business and Professional Women's will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Cathy and Jim's, Baseline Road, Grand Island. New members welcome. For reservations, Carol at 773-4309.

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; free continental breakfast and underground parking. Barb Trebilcock at 655-1037.

The Board of Directors of the Buffalo Convention Center Management Corp. will hold its monthly meeting at 8 a.m. at the Buffalo Convention Center, Room 107, Pearl Street. An executive session will follow at 8:45 a.m. Nominations and elections of officer will take place. For information, 855-5555.

EARLY NEXT WEEK

Feb. 20

The Federal Women's Program Network will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. in Room 491 of the Thaddeus Dulski Federal Building, 111 W. Huron St. The agenda includes discussion of the Women's Fair and Women's Pavilion Pan Am 2001. For information, Alison Bachus at 551-4029.

The Zonta Club of Buffalo will host its annual Associates Day luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Adams Mark Hotel, 120 Church Street. Margaret Sullivan, editor and vice president of The Buffalo News, will discuss "Old Media, New Thinking: How Newspapers Can Thrive in the Internet Age." For information or reservations, Caroline Buerk at 847-7083.

The Council of Food Service Associations will hold its 22nd Annual Awards Dinner at 7 p.m. at University Inn and Conference Center, 2401 North Forest Road, Amherst. Louis Billittier of Chef's restaurant, will receive the Gold Medal posthumously, and the Silver Award will be given to Joe Savattieri of American Express. A social hour begins at 6. The cost is $35. For reservations, 836-7318 by Feb. 15.

Feb. 21

The Western New York Technology Development Center will conduct a workshop "ISO 9001: 2000 Understanding the New Standard -- Performance vs. Conformance" from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the its office, 1576 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. The cost is $225, or $195 per person for three or more registrations from the same company. For information or registration, 636-3626.

Working for Downtown will present "Understanding the Buffalo-Niagara Connection" from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St. Andrew J. Rudnick, president and chief executive officer of Buffalo-Niagara Partnership, will discuss strategy for economic development and the need for collaboration among governments, public and private sectors and the private sector initiative. Thomas Kucharski, president and chief executive officer of Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, will present an aggressive marketing campaign titled "I am Buffalo Niagara Falls." The cost is $17 prepaid and $20 at the door. For information, 842-5787.

The Society of Human Resources Management -- Niagara Frontier Chapter will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6 p.m. at the Adam's Mark, 120 Church Street. Cocktails will be at 5:15 p.m. The topic is "Workplace Violence." Register online at www@shrm-nfc.org, e-mail fschaefer@adelphia.net; or fax at 687-6011.

The American Business Women's Association of Niagara Falls will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at The Alps Chalet, 1555 Military Road, Niagara Falls. Cash bar and networking will be at 6 p.m. Carolyn Gregory will discuss "The Inner You . . . The Outer Reflection, A Prelude to Looking Glass 2001." Cost is $15 for members; $17 for non-members. Debbie Quaranto at 754-2207 for tickets.

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