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BUSINESS CALENDAR

The Business Calendar runs each Sunday in the Business section. Send notices of meetings, seminars and workshops of interest to the Buffalo-area business community to the Business News Desk of The News, Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240, by the preceding Thursday or fax to 849-4587.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

TUESDAY
International Food Service Executive Association will meet for elections at 5:30 p.m. at Illio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell. The cost is $20. For reservations, call Susan Birmingham at 648-1184.

WEDNESDAY
The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet for luncheon at 11:45 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 1340 Millersport Hwy., Amherst. Guest speaker Linda Eaton's topic will be "So Little Time, So Much To Do: Time Management in Philanthropy." Tickets are $15 for members, $25 for non-members. For required reservations, call 879-0943.

The Buffalo Chapter of NACM -- Credit and Financial Development Division will hold an educational dinner meeting at 6 p.m. at the Amherst Holiday Inn, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Guest speaker, Doreen Neilson's topic will be "Finding the Disappearing Debtor." For reservations, call Margaret Piecuil at 826-6500, Ext. 3243.

The American Society of Women Accountants Buffalo Chapter will meet at meet at 6 p.m at Fanny's Restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. The keynote speaker Joseph R. Knuez, owner of Advantage Professionals, will present "Keeping Yourself Marketable Throughout Stages of Your Life." Call Christine Odvarzka at 635-0290 for information.

THURSDAY
The Institute of Management Accountants Buffalo Chapter will meet for dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Chef's Restaurant, 291 Seneca St. The topic of speaker Deborah K. Pawlowski of Kei Advisers, will be "How the Capital Markets Recognize Value." The cost if $23. For reservations, call Lawrence Palaszynski at 675-8258.

The American Society for Quality, Buffalo section, will meet for dinner at 6:45 p.m. at the Classic V Restaurant, 2443 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Mike Hammill of Praxair's topic will be "Using Performance Measurement to Achieve Supply Chain Excellence." The cost is $20 for members and student non-members, $10 student ASQ members. For reservations, 873-4455 or e-mail to esb@pcom.net. SEPT. 24
Buffalo/Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives annual CEO Roundtable will be held at 5:15 p.m. at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. This year's panel will feature Dianne Bennett, Hodgson Russ; Louis Kahl, NFTA; Andrew Shaevel and Stuart Angert, Remarketing Services of America; with Jodi Johnson from WGRZ-TV as moderator.

SEPT. 25
The Volunteer Administrators of Western New York will meet for lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the Shannon Pub, Lord Amherst Motor Hotel, 5050 Main St., Amherst. The "Back to Basics" roundtable discussion and networking opportunity is open to anyone having responsibility for volunteer programs concerned with health education, welfare, cultural and related services in Western New York. The cost is $8. Reservations accepted until Sept. 21 by calling Susan Siegel of Compeer at 883-3331.

The Buffalo Chapter of the Society of Plastic Engineers will hold an officers and board of directors meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Scharf's Schiller Park Restaurant, 34 S. Crossman St. For reservations, call Tim Schwab at 662-8550, Ext. 145.

BUSINESS GROUPS
TUESDAY
The Western New York Chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. at the City Grill, 298 Main St. The theme is associate member appreciation night. The cost is $25. For reservations, call Sandy Krawczyk at 837-2684.

Executive Women International will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Portabello's Restaurant, 5246 Transit Road, Depew. William D. Wright of Sagemark Consulting will speak on e-commerce. Cocktails at 6. For information, Sharon Boccolucci at 836-5597.

The Clarence Heritage Business & Professional Women's Club will meet for dinner and networking at 6:30 p.m. at Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Road, Clarence. For reservations, call Faith O'Neil Badhom at 741-8238.

Citizens Regional Transit will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Room 101, ML level at University Presbyterian Church, 3330 Main St. corner of Niagara Falls Blvd. Guest speaker, Benjamin Crouch will lead a strategy and fact finding session on expansion of Metro Rail. Free parking. Public is welcome. For information, call Edward Deutschman at 634-2412.

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will meet for Business After Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. at Peak of Success, 331 Alberta Drive, Amherst. The informal networking event is free to members. For information, call 632-6905.

WEDNESDAY
The Western New York Venture Forum will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave. Mark Hudak, president of MetroFlex, will speak on "The National Mass Transit and Parking Benefit Plan." Paul Chirayath, president of Network Security Corp., also will speak. Free to members and first-time guests, $20 for non-members. To register call Jack McGowan or Rhaelyn Frasier of the Western New York Technology Development Center at 636-3626.

The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce will meet for breakfast, informal networking and "AM attitude adjustment," at 8 a.m. at the Olive Tree Restaurant, 5240 Broadway, Lancaster. Prospective members are welcome.

WNY Chapter Webgrrls will meet at 5:30 p.m. for networking and 6:15 for a program titled "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Web Development . . . but Were Afraid to Ask, Part 2," at the Advanced Training Center, 275 Oak St. The cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members. For reservations, visit Web site of Christina Hilliker at hilliker@psi4jobs.com. Webgrrls International provides women in technology a forum to network, learn, mentor and form alliances. For membership information, visit Web site: www.wnywebgrrls.com.

The Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours mixer will be hosted by West Herr Automotive Group from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at West Herr Chevrolet, 3575 Southwestern Blvd. in Orchard Park. "Business After Hours" is a quarterly presentation by the Chamber to provide an informal networking opportunity. Free. For reservations, call the OPCC at 662-3366.

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce will host "Business After Hours," at 5:30 p.m. at Rosewood Village, 76 Buffalo St., Hamburg. The networking event will feature a drawing for business of the month as well as finger foods and cash bar. The cost is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. For reservations, call 649-7917.

The ESB Toastmasters will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at Olympic Restaurant, Sheridan at Military Road, Kenmore. For more information, call Diana Southall at 691-8200 ext. 222.

THURSDAY
The Western New York Business Networking Group, a group for sales professionals, will meet for breakfast from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. at LeMetro Bakery & Cafe, in the Walker Center, 5110 Main St. Williamsville. Guest speaker will be Tony Lombardo, Supreme Renovations. New members welcome. For additional information, call Marc Connelly, 893-4774 or visit Web site: www.wnybiznet.org.

The New York State Commercial Association of Realtors will meet at 8:30 a.m. at Country Kitchen, 2075 Niagara Falls Blvd. Amherst. Guest speaker is James J. Allen, executive director of the Amherst Industrial Development Agency, whose topic will be the promotion of regional employment growth, and expansion and retention of companies within the town of Amherst. $8 for non-nembers. The annual meeting fee is $65 and available to non-realtors. For information, call 668-6875.

FRIDAY
The Northern Networkers chapter of Business Networking International will meet from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Country Kitchen, 2075 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. For information, call Michael Olear at 693-2257.

Downtown Toastmasters, a distinguished charter club of Toastmasters International, an organization dedicated to improving public speaking skills, will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Executive Board Room, 19th floor of the M&T Bank, Main Street. Free continental breakfast will be served. Free underground parking. Guests welcome. For information, call Roger Rozler at 685-4104 days, or 937-6604 evenings.

Working for Downtown will hold the first of the Buffalo Forum series with "Gambling on Gambling -- Where Should a Casino Be Located? How Should It Be Managed?" from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Downtown Buffalo. The Cost is $17 or $20 at the door. For information, call 842-5787.

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce will host "Friday at the Pointe" under the tent from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the parking lot of 325 Essjay Road, Centerpointe Corporate Park. Featured will be the "Amherst Has Taste," food court, live entertainment by Richard Manzell, guitar and vocals. Admission is $5 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Junior Achievement program in high schools. The event is sponsored by M&T Bank. For information, call 632-6905.

SEPT. 24
The World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara will host its 2001 annual meeting. ABC Companies' David I. Herer, chief executive officer of the receivables management company, will open the meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. International networking will follow from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Guest speaker will be Hao-Ran Chen, chairman of the China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals & Chemicals Importers & Exporters in Beijing. The WTCBN will present the Thomas Hart Kendig Award for Achievement in International Trade to Herbert P. Ladds of The Ladds Group Ltd., and the Marshall L. Glickman Award for Volunteer Service to Renee A. Filip of Ciminelli Development Co.

SEPT. 25
The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a workshop titled "New York Energy Smart," a small commercial lighting workshop, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Williamsville. $12 includes workshop and lunch. Payment due by Sept. 20. For reservations, call 681-9755. The Association for Facilities Engineering will begin the September meeting with a tour of Carleton Technologies Orchard Park facilities at 10 Cobham Drive, at 5:30 p.m. The dinner portion of the meeting will follow at Danny's South, 4300 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. The cost of dinner is $20. For reservations, call Lynn Ewing at 636-1800 or E-naukL kewubg@robsonwoese.com.

The Tonawandas Business & Professional Women's Club will meet for dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Rizzo's Banchetti, 550 North French Road, Amherst. Speaker Catherine Ansuini's topic will be "Healing Power of Humor." The cost is $15. For reservations, call Joan Kohler at 694-5405 or Phyllis Phillips at 692-4290. Networking will begin at 6.

SEMINARS AND CLASSES
MONDAY
The Reid Entrepreneurial Institute at Niagara County Community College will offer a series of Internet courses to take at leisure. The first two programs are: "Strategic Planning for Small Businesses," and "Marketing Sales and Customer Relations." Fees vary and information and registration can be found at Web site: www.niagaracc.suny.edu under "Course Offerings," or by calling the Reid Entrepreneurial Institute at 614-6480.

Erie 1 BOCES will offer a workforce development program through part-time evening classes starting the week of Sept. 17. For further information on career center locations in Cheektowaga, Tonawanda and West Seneca, call 821-7079.

The Seneca Babcock Community Center, 1168 Seneca St. will offer workshops in GED instruction, educational upgrades, employment services, job readiness, and life skills, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Erie County residents between the ages of 16 ant 21 are eligible. For information, call Catholic Charities Tomorrow's Youth Today at 893-3500 or 822-6877.

TUESDAY
The U.S. Labor Department's Office of Labor Management Standards will hold a workshop to familiarize officials belonging to small unions with the OLMS publication, "Conducting Audits in Small Unions: A Guide for Trustees," from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dulski Federal Building, Room 1520, 111 West Huron St. For registration information, call 551-4976 or E-mail DOLOLMS@Buffalo.com.

The Reliance Financial Group will host a series of free dinner seminars on retirement planning from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Radisson Airport, 4243 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Speakers may include representatives from Reliance, AARP, Fidelity, Erie Community College and a local CPA and attorney. Advanced registration is required. Call 827-0737. Additional seminars will be held Sept. 20 at the Classics V and on Sept. 25 at the Holiday Inn, 100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.

WEDNESDAY
Healthcare Executive Forum will offer an educational program titled "Customer Service in Healthcare: How Does Your Organization Measure Up?" which will cover subjects of what customer service will mean to patient or physician; how customer service can build loyalty; and how the human element can improve satisfaction and profitability; 8 to 10:30 a.m. in Roswell Park Research Study Center, Gaylord Conference Room, Elm and Carlton streets. The fee is $25 for members, $45 for non-members and $15 for students. Participants will be eligible to receive two Category II continuing education credit hours from the American College of Healthcare Executives. For information, call Carrie Whitcher at 326-4646.

Forever Elmwood is offering an educational workshop for business owners in the Elmwood District, titled "What If?" There will be two sessions: 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at LeMetro, 284 Elmwood; and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Community Music School, 415 Elmwood. Free. Public is welcome. For information, call 881-0707. Sponsored by Grace M. Luterek and Kathleen M. Gordon of Prudential Financial.

THURSDAY
SCORE and the U.S. Small Business Administration will host a workshop titled "How to Start and Manage Your Business," from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. Presentations will cover business planning, market research, finance, business law, insurance and tax issues. The cost of $25 includes coffee and doughnuts. For reservations, call the SBA at 551-4301.

FRIDAY
The Consulting Task Force will hold an executive briefing, titled "The Secrets to Getting More Business from Your Current Clients," for business owners and sales or marketing professionals, from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Task Force office at 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.

The Dale Association and its Lifelong Learning Center, 330 Ontario St., Lockport will present an eight week class and discussion emphasizing Western New York's contribution to the Century of Flight, with instructor Paul Becker, 10 a.m. through Nov. 9. The cost is $30 for members and $42 for non-members. For information and registration, call 433-1886.

SEPT. 25
The Hilbert Office of Career Development will offer one-hour workshops to be held at 3 p.m. in the career lab located in Hilbert's Franciscan Hall, 5200 South Park Ave. Resumes and cover letters will be discussed followed by a Sept. 26 graduate school workshop, including information on financing studies and available graduate programs, and Sept. 27 with information on how to conduct an Internet job search. For more information, call Richard Adle at 649-7900, Ext. 236 or E-mail: radle@hilbert.edu.

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