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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 Amherst Chamber of Commerce will host a golf tournament at the Fox Valley Club, 6161 Genesee St., Lancaster. Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch. Shotgun start at 12:30. Also included will be refreshments and dinner, plus silent and live auctions. Fee: $165 for members, $195 for non-members, $750 for corporate foursomes. A portion of the proceeds will be used toward the purchase of automatic external defibrillators in Town of Amherst facilities. For information, 632-6905.

The Canisius College Strassberger Center for Entrepreneurship will offer a two-part workshop titled "Purchasing Best Practices and Global Procurement," Monday and Thursday from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. at the Canisius Center, 2001 Main St. Registration is $99 and $49 for alumni.

TUESDAY
The Sunrise Strategies Chapter of BNI, a networking group for sales professionals, will meet at 7 a.m. in the Hamburg Holiday Inn, 5440 Camp Road, Hamburg. Guest speaker will be Bill Eakins, executive director for BNI. For reservations or information, Carl A. Leas at 822-8275 or Joelene Shaw at 649-0500. Visitors welcome.

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership will host a public hearing by the New York State Public Service Commission at 8 a.m. in Partnership offices, 300 Main Place Tower. The PSC is seeking business and consumer opinion on the New York State Electric & Gas Electric rate and restructuring plan. For information, Patrick Gould at 852-2762, Ext. 115 or E-mail: pgould@buffniag.org.

World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara will host a "Trade Tuesday Tour" from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Birdair, 65 Lawrence Bell Drive, Amherst. The focus will be on accessing international turnkey projects and financing with shorter time to market. Sponsored by George F. & Isabel W. Rand Memorial Fund, a component of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. Fee: $35 for members, $50 for non-members. For information, E-mail ltiburz@wtcbn.org.

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency will sponsor two workshops in the Days Inn on Route 60 in Fredonia: "Reducing Turnover" from 9 a.m. to noon, and "Great People Give Great Service" from 1 to 4 p.m. Charles Ferraro, a business consultant in Westfield, is the presenter for both workshops. Participants may attend one or both sessions. A registration fee will be charged. Contact the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 for more information.

ESB Toastmasters, a non-profit public speaking group, will meet for member speeches and "Tabletopics" to improve impromptu speaking ability. 6 to 7:30 p.m. at SUNY Buffalo, North Campus, 250 Student Union, Amherst.

WEDNESDAY
The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce will meet for breakfast and informal networking at 8 a.m. at the Olive Tree Restaurant, 5240 Broadway, Lancaster. New members welcome.

The National Association of Women Business Owners will meet for dinner at 5:30 p.m. at Fanny's Restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. The topic will be "ProNet," an online subcontractors database, presented by Laura McCabe of the Small Business Administration. Fee: $20 for members, $25 for non-members. For reservations, Joyce DeLong at 634-4632 or fax 634-0841.

The Niagara Lutheran Health Foundation will sponsor a Leadership Council Benefactor's reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Country Club, 6061 Broadway, Lancaster.

The Buffalo Niagara Partnership board of directors will meet at 8 a.m. at WNED Studios, Horizon Plaza, 140 Lower Terrace, for the annual elections and a public presentation of "Buffalo Niagara NOW," a set of strategic priorities for improving the competitiveness of the Buffalo Niagara region forjobs and investments.

A free workshop for small businesses and individuals titled "How to Develop an Investment Plan" will be conducted 7-8:30 a.m. at 1876 Niagara Falls Blvd. by Chris Sadkowski, a financial planner. For reservations, 692-9566.

THURSDAY
The Western New York Business Networking Group will meet from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. at the LeMetro Bakery & Cafe in the Walker Center, 5110 Main St., Williamsville. Guest speaker is Jason Shanks with Superior Coffee. For information, Marc Connelly at 893-4774 or visit www.wnybiznet.org. New members welcome.

The Rotary Club of Buffalo will meet at noon at the Harbour Club in the HSBC Arena. Gerald E. Kelly, president of Buffalo Rotary, will present a state of the club message. Lunch is $12. For information, Jeff Hawkes at 854-3397.

The World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara will offer a free seminar on Brazil, with Carlos Aldan, director of the World Trade Center Sao Paulo, Brazil, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Knox Room, 300 Main Place Tower. For information, Jeremy Stott at 852-7160 or E-mail jstott@wtcbn.org.

HSBC Bank USA, in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration, will offer a free seminar for business owners and prospective owners from 6 to 8 p.m. at HSBC's Orchard Park office, 4191 North Buffalo St. For information, Laurie Fischer, 667-2052.

The Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County and the New York State Council on the Arts will co-host a free workshop titled "It Can be Done: Building Audiences Through Universal Planning and Accessibility," conducted by Ann-Ellen Lesser, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted M.D. Center for the Visually Impaired, 1170 Main St. For reservations, Melissa Grainger at 856-7520 or E-mail melissagrainger@artscouncilbuffalo.org.

Home Improvement Council of WNY will meet for dinner and the annual elections for the board of directors, from 6 to 9 p.m. Nominations will be accepted the night of election. The topic will be "Tort Reform Action Alert, Insurance Blackout Hits Construction Industry," with guest speakers Bill Beseker of Lovell Safety Management Co. and Paul Monachino of Warren-Hoffman & Associates. Cost: $6. Mackie's Countryside Inn, 3373 Clinton St., West Seneca.

Jamestown Community College will offer a workshop designed to assist retirees with investing and liquidation of their retirement assets, titled "Cracking Your Nest Egg: Prudent Strategies for Tapping Your Retirement Savings," instructed by Michael B. Engdahl, from 7 to 9 p.m. The fee is $22.50 and spouses of attendees are free. For information, 485-1409.

FRIDAY
The Consulting Task Force will hold an executive briefing titled, "Why Technology Will Force Your Business to Change," for business owners and sales/marketing professionals, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Consulting Task Force office, 37 N. Union Road, Williamsville. The cost of $25 for up to three people includes breakfast. For required reservations, E-mail: briefing@consulting-task-force.com or call 634-7013.

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