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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 Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240, by the preceding Thursday or faxed to 849-4587.

Professional groups

Machine Shops Association, dinner meeting, 6 p.m., The Park Lane Restaurant, 33 Gates Circle. Speaker: Michael Reele, Erie County Pollution Prevention Program. Call Matt Georger, 893-8292.

Business groups

Erie County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors, 10 a.m., ECIDA, 275 Oak St. Call Pat Rogowski, 856-6525, ext. 132.

Buffalo Executives' Association, annual election of officers meeting, noon, Twentieth Century Club, 595 Delaware Ave. Call Cheryl Meyer 852-6916.

Grand Pioneer Toastmasters, 6:30-9:15 p.m., My Tomato Pie Restaurant, 3085 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Guests welcome. Call Lisa Lundy, 835-6392 or e-mail:

Seminars and classes

Tax Counseling for the Elderly, free tax assistance for local senior citizens, 1-4 p.m., Alexander Community Center, 275 Alexander Ave.; 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway; and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Maryvale Community Center, 3409 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Call 686-3930.

Professional groups

The Buffalo Chapter of Project Management Institute, dinner meeting, 5:30 p.m., Chef's Restaurant, 291 Seneca St. Topic: "Soft Skills -- Stress Management," Jerry Chelus, Dale Carnegie Training. Cost, $10 members; $25 nonmembers. To register, visit:

Western New York Society for Information Professionals, dinner meeting, 5:30 p.m., Brierwood Country Club, 5324 S. Rogers Road, Hamburg. "IP Video Conferencing." Cost, $20 members; $25 guests. Call Louis Callari, 871-2939.

Business groups

The Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council, public meeting, 6-8 p.m., Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway and Thursday, Niagara Falls Quality Inn, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd, Niagara Falls. Program: Review of proposed 5-year federally funded Erie-Niagara transportation projects. Call 856-2026.

Seminars and classes

The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas and the Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center. Business seminar: "Mechanics of Exporting: A Beginner's Guide or a Refresher Course," 8 a.m.-noon, Degraff Community Center, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda. Cost $25. Reservations, call the Chamber 692-5120 or NCCC at 434-3815.

Gloria J. Parks Community Center, free e-filing tax assistance program, 1:30-6 p.m., also Wednesday and Thursday, 3242 Main St. Call for appointment, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., 832-1010.

Business groups

Western New York Venture Association, business opportunity and investment breakfast forum, 7:30-9 a.m., Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave. Presenters: Robert Ruppenthal, Cerebral Assessment Systems and John Hart, Lumetrics. Free to members and their first-time guests. Registration, call Jack McGowan or Sandie Ruggiero, 636-3626.

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, business networking meeting, 8 a.m., Olive Tree Restaurant, 5240 Broadway, Depew. Call 681-9755.

The Buffalo Jaycees, monthly board meeting, 6 p.m., Troop I, Hamlin House, 432 Franklin St. Speaker: Jim Bradfield. Open to all members in good standing. Visit:

Seminars and classes

PremCom Corp. of Amherst, informational seminar, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Canisius Center at Amherst, 300 Corporate Parkway, Amherst. Topic: "Implementing Voice Over IP Telephone Systems." Visit:

The PACE Program at Houghton College, free, "Teamwork: How Synergy Succeeds" workshop,8:30 a.m.-noon, West Seneca Campus, 810 Union Road. Register online:

Cornell University Industrial and Labor Relations, Management Development Workshop, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., continues Thursday, Workplace Education Center, 237 Main St., Suite 1200. Topic: Labor Relations Law. Call Cynthia Price, 852-4191.

The Batavia and Ellicottville Offices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, Open House, 9:30 a.m.-noon, 4-H Training Center, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. Program: Discussion of USDA Rural Development economic and community programs. Visit:

The Women's Business Center at Canisius College, free "Ask the Marketing Expert" counseling session for current and potential small business owners, noon-1 p.m., Demerly Hall, Canisius College, 2365 Main St. Call 888-6650.

Professional groups

Construction Specifications Institute, monthly luncheon meeting, 12:15 p.m., Daffodils, 930 Maple Road, Williamsville. Program "Water as a Design Medium: Membranes for Ceramic Tile and Stone." AIA learning credits available. Registration, call Chris Picone, 634-9994.

Business groups

Niagara Networking Group, breakfast meeting, 7:30-8:45 a.m., Perkins Restaurant, 1785 Military Road, Niagara Falls.

The Western New York Business Networking Group, 7:45 a.m., Cafe Aroma, 5229 Main St., Williamsville. New members welcome. Call 631-9572 or visit:

Working for Downtown, "Thursday in the City B.A.S.H.," a business and social happy hour, 5-8 p.m., Bacchus, 56 W. Chippewa at Franklin.

Seminars and classes

The PACE Program at Houghton College, free Microsoft Power Point application training, 8 a.m.-noon, West Seneca Campus computer lab, 810 Union Road. Register online: and click on Professional Development Training Schedule to view other training sessions on Microsoft Office applications.

The New York State Business Travel Association, industry professionals educational day, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Genesee Community College, Conable Technology Building, Batavia. Topic: "Empower Yourself! Business and Travel Working Hand in Hand." Cost, $75 general; $35 students. E-mail Kathleen Moskal:

Canisius College MBA Alumni Association, Spring Series event, 4 p.m., The Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave. Program: Local artist Dr. V. Roger Lalli will display several watercolors from his collection titled "Buffalo My City." Cost, $15 public; $10 MBAA members. Call 888-2160.

The Women's Business Center at Canisius College, "Women Business Enterprise/Minority Business Enterprise Certification" for current and potential small business owners, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Demerly Hall, Canisius College, 2365 Main St. Cost, $49. Call 888-6650.

The Small Business Development Center at Niagara County Community College, minority small business workshops, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Family Resource Building, 3001 Ninth St., Niagara Falls. Topic: "Credit Counseling and Access to Capital." Call 434-3815 or visit:

Business groups

Buffalo's First Chapter of Business Networking International, 7 a.m., Days Inn, 4345 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Program: "Online Marketing for the Small Law Firm." New members welcome. Call Carl Lewandowski, 651-9851.

The TIP Club of Buffalo, a networking group open to business professionals, 7:30 a.m., Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Call Tony Calandra, 897-0700, ext. 227.

Seminars and classes

Greater Buffalo Savings Bank, free homeownership and financial health seminar, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Paul's AME Zion Church, 610 East Eagle St. Topics: "Prequalification."

April 18
Business groups

Buffalo Executives Association, networking meeting, noon, Twentieth Century Club, 595 Delaware Ave. Program: Speaker from United Materials Handling. Call Cheryl Meyer 852-6916.

Speakeasy Toastmasters, 7 p.m., Mansard Inn, 3365 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Call Mary Haden, 648-2227 or Rich Chipchak, 667-3067.

Seminars and classes

Canisius College Distinguished Business Leaders Lecture, 4 p.m., Canisius College Grupp Fireside Lounge of the Richard E. Winter '42 Student Center, 2001 Main St. Speaker: Susan Schmidt Bies, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System. Call 888-2790.

Clarence Community Education, "Legal Survival for Landlords" course, 6-9:30 p.m., Clarence High School, 9625 Main St., Clarence. Speaker: Robert Friedman, attorney/author will discuss evictions, leases, Small Claims court, discrimination laws, civil liability, insurance, security deposits, elderly tenants, drugs, debt collection and lead paint. Registration, call 542-5444.

April 19
Professional groups

Society of Plastic Engineers, monthly technical and dinner meeting, 6:30 p.m., Airport Holiday Inn, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Cost, $18 members and guests; $10 students and retirees. Call Tim Schwab or Norb Schwab, 662-8550.

Seminars and classes

Network in Aging, two-part professional seminar, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Banchettis' Banquet Facility, 5550 N. French Road, Amherst. Topic: "Spirituality and Eldercare: A Missing Piece in a Difficult Puzzle." Cost, $35 one session; $55 both sessions. Registration, call 829-3712.

KeyBank, Mortgage and Home Equity Solutions Seminar, 5:30-7:30 p.m., KeyBank, 1930 Niagara Falls Blvd, Tonawanda. Reservations, call 695-5566.

Smart Growth is Smart Business, speaker seminar series, 7 p.m., Nichols School, Flickinger Performing Arts Center, 1250 Amherst St. Program: "Starting With What We Have -- Reinvestment and Redesign of Existing Neighborhoods to Create Economic Impact," presented by Neal Payton, Torti, Gallas and Partners, Silver Spring, Md. Call Phil Haberstro, 851-4052.

April 20
Professional groups

Financial Planning Association of Upstate New York, Retirement Income Distribution Strategies, 3:30-5 p.m., Marinaccio's Italian Ristorante, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. Speakers: Amy Diesen, American Express Retail Retirement Plans; Mark Tierney, Fidelity Investments and Rob Curtis, Eaton Vance Distributors. Cost, $25. Registration, FPA Chapter Office, P.O. Box 539, Webster 14580; call: (800) 442-3769.

Niagara Frontier Tourism Task Force, networking meeting, 6 p.m., Smokin' Joes Family Fun Center, 301 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls. Speakers: Representatives from Niagara Landing Wine Cellars and The Niagara Wine Trail. For reservations, call 934-3775 or e-mail:

The Buffalo Chapter of the American Society of Women Accountants, monthly meeting, 6 p.m., My Tomato Pie Restaurant, 3085 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Topic: Retirement Planning. Call Rebecca Baker, 877-3959.

Business groups

Financial Women International and Working for Downtown, dinner meeting, 5:30-8 p.m., The Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Ave. Program: Kausner Hamdani, Federal Reserve Bank, Buffalo Chapter. Cost $28, members; $33, nonmembers. Call Lisa Gasper, 626-4433, ext. 122 or Debbie Kaczmarski, 759-8345.

Seminars and classes

Lorman Education Services, "Negotiating AIA, AGC and Other Construction Contracts to Maximize Profits," 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Buffalo Convention Center, Six Fountain Plaza. Speaker: Daniel E. Sarzynski, Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham and Coppola. Call (888) 678-5565 or visit:

SCORE, the U.S. Small Business Administration and North Tonawanda Public Library, "Marketing and Advertising Your Products" workshop, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 5050 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda. Cost, $25. Call 551-4301.

The Women's Business Center at Canisius College, free "Business Planning" counseling session for current and potential small business owners, noon-1 p.m., Demerly Hall, Canisius College, 2365 Main St. Call 888-6650.

Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association, workshop and dinner meeting, 2 p.m., Airport Holiday Inn, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Registration 1:30 p.m. Program: "HR Metrics," presented by Diane Lustenader, Lake Associates. Information and registration, Lori Sosenko 692-5794.