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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.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

MONDAY

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication will meet at 6 p.m. at Chef's Restaurant, 291 Seneca St. An interactive forum on "Trends in Technical Communications Employment," will be presented. For reservations , call Steve Corbett at 823-1194 or e-mail stvc@sprynet.com.

The Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. to kick off a new program called Buffalo Area Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, BAVLA, which plans to offer pro-bono and low-cost legal assistance to artists and arts organizations in the region, at the Elizabeth Pierce Olmsted M.D. Center for the Visually Impaired, 1170 Main St. Parking is available behind the building on Linwood Avenue and at the Delta Sonic Training Center on Main Street. Free. For required reservations, call Melissa Grainger at 856-7520.
TUESDAY
The Association for Facilities Engineering will meet for a tour at 4 p.m., of the Mount Morris Dam facilities, located at 1 Mount Morris Dam Road, Mt. Morris. Following the tour, adjourn to the Genesee River Restaurant, 134 North Main St., Mt. Morris. The cost of dinner is $20. For information and reservations, call Lynn Ewing at 636-1800 or E-mail: www.lewing@robsonwoese.com.

The Society of Plastic Engineers -- Buffalo Section will hold an officers and board of directors meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Airport Holiday Inn, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. For reservations, call Tim Schwab at 662-8550, Ext. 145.
WEDNESDAY
The American Academy of Professional Coders will meet for medical coding and reimbursement professionals networking, at 5:30 p.m. at Park Country Club of Buffalo, 4949 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville.
THURSDAY
The National Disability Employment Awareness Month Recognition Awards will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Creekside Banquet and Picnic Grove, 2669 Union Road, Cheektowaga. It is hosted by the Western New York Employment Consortium, and sponsored by the NYS Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, and the state Department of Labor Buffalo Job Service Employer Committee. The WNY Employer of the Year will be chosen from among several nominees. Tickets are $12 per person or a table of 10 for $100. For information, call Chuck Root at 684-3986 or Dennis Martinez at 847-9221.
FRIDAY
The New York State Association of Occupational Health Nurses' 50th annual conferencetheme is "Breathing Air Into Occupational Practice -- A Fresh Approach," from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continues Saturday from 8 to 4, at the Adams Mark, 120 Church St. For information, call Lou Ann Luther at 857-3501 or May Hayes at 627-9539.

BUSINESS GROUPS

TODAY
The Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual auction with a preview of items at noon and 1 p.m. auction start at the Walden Galleria Mall, Bon Ton Court, lower level. Items include baskets, tickets and gift certificates.
TUESDAY
The Sales Exchange of Buffalo, a group of sales professionals, will meet for breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. at Distinctive Meahl's, 8550 Sheridan Dr., Williamsville. New members in specific professions welcome. For information, call Kathy Venezia at 838-4532, Ext. 29.

The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas members and prospective members will meet for "Business After Hours," from 5 to 7 p.m. at Baase Family Chiropractic, 1263 Erie Ave., North Tonawanda. This free reception is offered to local business people as a networking opportunity.
WEDNESDAY
The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce will meet for breakfast and "AM attitude adjustment," at 8 a.m. at the Olive Tree Restaurant, 5240 Broadway, Lancaster. Prospective members are welcome.

The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce will host "Project Update," for businesses and residents, on the progress of Broadway (Route 20) road construction at 7 p.m. at the Lancaster Municipal Building, second-floor auditorium, 5423 Broadway, Lancaster. The project engineer, Dave Carr and other state Department of Transportation representatives will be on hand. Free and open to the public. For information, call 681-9755.

The Transportation Club of Buffalo will hold its annual dinner with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7, at Samuel's Grande Manor, 8750 Main St., Williamsville. Student scholarships and Member of the Year awards will be presented. The cost is $55, and $45 for retired members. For reservations, call 446-0502. The National Association of Women Business Owners will meet at 5:30 p.m. at Fanny's Restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Social worker Kathleen Goldblatt will discuss "Personality Types." $20 for members, $25 for non-members. For reservations, call Marcia Cleary at 835-4512 or E-mail: mcleary175@adelphia.net.
THURSDAY
The Western New York Business Networking Group, a networking group for sales professionals, will meet from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m. at LeMetro Bakery & Cafe in the Walker Center, 5110 Main St. Williamsville. New members welcome. For information, call Marc Connelly at 893-4774.

The Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council will meet for an inaugural scholarship benefit to be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Harry's Harbour Place Grille. The wine, beer and olive oil tasting event will include hors d'ouerves and soft drinks for $35 and will include two engraved glasses for the beverage tastings. Proceeds will benefit students in 22 local schools participating in the Business and Education Employability Portfolio. For information, call 821-7378 or 821-7379.

The Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce will meet for "Business After Hours," from 5 to 7 p.m. at Shred-it, 440 Lawrence Bell Drive, Suite 2, Williamsville. Help raise money for the rescue efforts and families of the New York City tragedy by bringing documents that can be shredded for a $20 donation. Call the Chamber office at 684-5838 for reservations.
FRIDAY
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. Guests welcome. For information, call Roger Rozler at 685-4104 days, or 937-6604 evenings.

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce will meet for a "Business for Breakfast" seminar at 8 a.m. at the Parkside Corner Restaurant, 1 Buffalo St., Hamburg. The topic is "Leverage and Internet for Your Business," presented by Mike & Howard Blumenthal of Blumenthal's Inc. The cost of $10 includes materials and continental breakfast. For reservations, call 649-7917.
OCT. 29
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo will convene a group of current 21st Century Fund members and prospective new members to preview 25 project applicants who are seeking funding from the 21st Century Fund Club, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Rich Renaissance Niagara, One West Ferry St., corner of Niagara and West Ferry streets. Free and open to 21st Century Fund members and those interested in learning about the fund. For information, call 852-2857 or visit Web site: www.cfgb.org.
OCT. 30
The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women and the Women's Action Coalition will co-sponsor a presentation titled "So Who's In Charge?" by writer and lecturer Lynda K. Cook, from 8 to 9:15 a.m. at Fanny's Restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. The cost is $20. For reservations, mail check to Erie County Commission on the Status of Women, 95 Franklin St., Room 1655, Buffalo, NY 14202.

The Apartment Council of Western New York, an affiliate member of the National Apartment Association, will hold its inaugural Trade Show, titled "Score Big -- Find Value & Save Money," from noon to 5 p.m. at the University Inn, 2401 N. Forest Road, Getzville. Admission is $5. Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Erie County. Open to anyone interested in the local apartment industry. Vendors interested in participating may call 583-1855 or E-mail: kendev@kendev.com.

SEMINARS AND CLASSES

TUESDAY
The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Governor's Office of Regulatory Reform workshop from noon to 2 p.m. at Eddie Ryan's Restaurant, 50 Central Ave., Lancaster. $10 for members, $15 for non-members includes lunch, presentation and networking. For information, call the Chamber office at 681-9755.

Niagara County Community College's Small Business Development Center will sponsor a seminar titled "Quickbooks Accounting Software Workshop," from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Best Western, 515 South Transit Road, Lockport. $30. For information, call the Small Business Development Center at 614-6480.

The New York State Restaurant Association and the Hotel Restaurant Management Department of Erie Community College will co-sponsor a "Women in Food Service" program from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Spring Student Center, Erie Community College, North Campus. Students interested in the hospitality industry will hear panelists give an overview of their educational backgrounds and address issues such as marketing, food trends, and more. Speakers include Janice Okun, Buffalo News food critic; Krista Van Wagner, owner/chef Curly's Bar and Grill; Jan Reitmeier, department chair of the Hospitality Restaurant Management department, ECC, and Bridget English, pastry chef of Premier Gourmet. Free. For reservations, call 627-2788.

Reliance Financial Group will host a series of free dinner seminars on retirement planning from 6 to 9 p.m. at Patina's, East Aurora. A buffet dinner will be served. Call 827-0737 for required reservations.
WEDNESDAY
SCORE will host a workshop titled, "How to Start and Manage a Home Based Business," from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Federal Building, 15th floor conference room, Delaware and Huron streets. For information and reservations, call the Small Business Administration at 551-4301.
THURSDAY
The Western New York Technology Development Center will offer a workshop titled "Set-up Reduction," from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Advanced Training Center, 275 Oak St. Participants learn the standard methodology in applying Single Minute Exchange of Dies to any type of set-up or industry. The fee is $260 or $235 per person for 3 or more registrations from the same company. To register, call the TDC at 636-3626.

The Buffalo region of the New York State Labor Department, the Erie County Department of Social Services, the Buffalo & Erie County Workforce Development Consortium and the Buffalo Chapter of the International Association of Personnel in Employment Security, will cosponsor the "Erie County Works" job fair, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Statler Towers Grand Ballroom, 107 Delaware Ave. Over 60 area employers have registered to participate including Adelphia Communications, Aurora Home Care, ICT Group, Kaleida Health, Remarketing Services of America, Sorrento Lactailis, Telespectrum Worldwide, Tops Markets, Wegmans, WeCare Transportation, Human Services, and others. Open to all job seekers. Free. For information, call Carolyn Bright at the NYS Labor Department at 851-2750.
FRIDAY
Consulting Task Force will sponsor an executive briefing titled "Financing the Growth of Your Business: Using Sweat Equity," for business owners and sales/marketing professionals from 8 to 9 a.m. 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.
OCT. 29
The Safety and Health Center, a division of Otis Inc., 3385 Bailey Ave., will offer a worker/handler refresher course on asbestos training, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. $110. For information, call 834-5861.
OCT. 30
Niagara County Community College's Small Business Development Center is sponsoring a two-part seminar titled "Marketing Magic for Small Business," from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Nov. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. at NCCC, Room RC 124, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Registration fee is $25. For information, call the Small Business Development Center at 614-6480.

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