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The Business Calendar runs each Sunday in the Business section. Notices of meetings, seminars and workshops of interest to the 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.

>Monday

*Business groups

Buffalo Executives' Association, noon-1:15 p.m., Sonoma Grille, 5050 Main St., Williamsville. Program: Board Nomination Day. Guests welcome. Call Cheryl Meyer, 852-6916.

Speakeasy Toastmasters, 7 p.m., Mansard Inn, 3365 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. Call Joe Coughlin, 602-4977 or Mary Haden, 648-2227.

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>Tuesday

*Professional groups

The Apartment Council of Western New York, dinner networking meeting, 5:15 p.m., Community Room, Garden Village Apartments, Cheektowaga. Topic: "Environmental Issues . . . Your Liability Protected." Reservations and information, call 633-0959.

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*Business group

Sales Exchange Club of Buffalo, breakfast networking meeting, 8 a.m., Olympic Restaurant, 4611 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga. Call Patrick Metzger, 684-8572.

The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, tourism conference, 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., 1891 Fredonia Opera House and The White Inn, Fredonia. Program: Tapping into the resources we have and uncovering potential for more, with Roger Brooks. Cost, $45. Information and registration, call 357-4569.

The Upstate Venture Association of New York, Buffalo Capital Forum, 6 p.m., Shanghai Red's, 2 Templeton Terrace. Registration, 5 p.m. Panel Discussion: "Attracting Post-Angel Round Investment. . . How to Get Your First VC Investment." Moderated by Peter Rothberg, Nixon Peabody. Cost: $25, preregistered members/$40, at the door; $45, pre-registered nonmembers/ $60, at the door; $15, preregistered students/$25, at the door. Information, call 518-863-7176 or e-mail: info@uvany.com.

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*Seminars and classes

The University at Buffalo School of Management Alumni Association, Smart Business Practices Breakfast Seminar, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., UB Center for Tomorrow, North Campus, Amherst. Cost: $25 SOMAA members; $30 nonprofits; $35 nonmembers. Topic: "Blogging for Business and Nonprofits. . . Strategies for Growing Your Organization." Includes free parking and full breakfast. Reservations, e-mail: mgt-alumni@buffalo.edu or call 645-3224.

SCORE, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, "Starting and Managing Your Business" workshop, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Lafayette Square. Cost, $25. Information and reservations, call 551-4301, ext. 305 or visit: www.scorebuffalo.org.

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>Wednesday

*Professional groups

The Buffalo Chapter of Project Management Institute, breakfast roundtable, 7:15 to 8:45 a.m., Friendly's, 2760 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Topic: "Meeting Management Tips." Information, visit: www.pmibuffalo.org.

The Buffalo Chapter of Financial Executives International, monthly breakfast meeting, 7:30 a.m., Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Cheektowaga. Program: "Getting a Return on Your People Investment," presented by Amy Pearl, Performance Partners. Call Greg Setter, 608-8524 or e-mail: gsetter@rosina.com.

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*Business groups

The Business Networking International Williamsville, 7 a.m., Millennium Hotel and Resorts, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Visitors welcomed. Call Stephen Mayo, 362-2425.

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*Seminars and classes

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

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>Thursday

*Professional groups

The Printing and Imaging Association of New York State, annual Printing Awards Banquet, 6 p.m., Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Program: "The Power of Print," presented by Michael Makin, president and CEO of Printing Industries of America/Graphic Arts Technical Foundation. Tickets, $40. Call PIA, 691-3211.

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*Business groups

The Western New York Business Networking Group, 7:45 a.m., Cafe Aroma, 5229 Main St., Williamsville. New members welcome. Call Hallie, 553-8883 or visit: www.wnybiznet.org.

The Midrange User's Group of Western New York, dinner meeting, 5 p.m., The Old Red Mill Inn and Central Station, 8326 Main St. Williamsville. Program: "Windows Integration with our AS/400s," presented by Andy Chung, IBM. Cost: $20 members; $30 nonmembers. To register visit: www.mugwny.org.

The Buffalo/Amherst Business and Professional Women's Club, Women's History Month Celebration performance, "The Cabinet Meeting, 6 p.m., Twentieth Century Club, 595 Delaware Ave. Cost $30. Reservations, call 634-4632. Mail check payable to: Buffalo/Amherst BPW, 29 Falmouth Lane, Amherst 14221. Information, call 310-5274 or 316-1803.

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*Seminars and classes

Niagara County Community College Small Business Development Center, winter business tune-up, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Cornerstone Community Credit Union, 6485 S. Transit Road, Lockport. Topic: "Developing a Marketing Plan." Free. Required preregistration, call NCCC SBDC, 434-3815.

The Housing Council, Fundamentals of Operating Rental Property in Erie County Workshop Series, sponsored by Community Preservation Corp., Session 4, "Record/Bookkeeping/Marketing Trends," 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays through April 6, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Registration, call Michelle (866) 379-3706 ext. 3019 or visit: www.thehousingcouncil.org.

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>Friday

*Business groups

Buffalo's First Chapter of Business Networking International, 7 a.m., Millennium Hotel and Resorts, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. New members welcome. Call Harry King, 832-3475.

The TIP Club of Buffalo, a networking group open to business professionals, meeting, 7:30 a.m., Millennium Hotel and Resorts, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Call Tony Calandra, 897-0700, ext. 2227.

The Downtown Toastmasters Club, meeting and continental breakfast, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., 19th floor Executive Board Room, M&T Bank, 1 M&T Plaza, Main St. Free underground parking and free continental breakfast. Information, call Patrick Mellody, 649-3337.

The Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, Legislative Round Table, 8 a.m., The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. Topics: Waterfront Development, Border Crossing Identification, Health Insurance, Workers Compensation Insurance and Economic Development. Free. Call the chamber, 684-5838.

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*Seminars and classes

New York State Commission on Public Authority Reform, Public Authority Board Governance training program, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Board members and executive directors of state and local public authorities may attend. Register, call (646) 312-3231 or download registration form at: www.publicauthorities.org.

SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Co. will host an IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for eligible Buffalo residents to prepare 2005 income tax returns, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Buffalo Customer Center, Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga. Schedule an appointment by calling (866) 787-2226.

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>Saturday

*Seminars and classes

Neighborhood Assistance Corp. of America, Home Buyers Workshop, 9:30 a.m., Knox Church, 2595 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Free. Call 834-6222 or (888) 302-NACA.

HomeFront Inc. and the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors Western New York Home Buyer Show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Statler Towers, 107 Delaware Ave. Lenders, realtors, home ownership counselors, insurance representatives, appraisers, home inspectors will offer free seminars and information. Call 856-2952 or visit: www.homefrontbflo.org.

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>March 27

*Professional groups

The Western New York National Contract Management Association, dinner meeting, 5:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Buffalo Airport, 4201 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Program: "Transformation in the Defense Contract Management Agency," presented by Daniel Caterisano, Defense Contract Management Agency. Cost $20. Required reservations, call Terry McInerney 875-4091, ext. 203 or e-mail: tmcinerney@surmet.com.

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*Business groups

The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, board meeting, 12:30 p.m., NFTA Board Room, 6th floor, 181 Ellicott St.

Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives, dinner meeting, 5:15 p.m., Millennium Hotel and Resorts, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Program: "Greatest Challenge in Sales and Marketing," presented by Bill Bonstetter, Target Training. Cost: $21 students; $30 guests. Reservations, call 662-2279 or visit: bnsme@bnsme.org.

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>March 28

*Professional groups

The Pennsylvania New York Border Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, professional development meeting, 5:30 p.m., Marvin House, 2 W. Fifth St., Jamestown. Program: "The Human Resource Performance Scorecard," presented by Ken Moore, Ken Moore and Associates. Cost: $15 members; $20 nonmembers. Reservations, call Leah Porsley, 484-0590 or visit: www.panyshrm.org.

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*Business groups

Professional Partner Program, Williamsville/Amherst Chapter, business development meeting for health and wellness, business support and personal services professionals, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Cafe Aroma, 5229 Main St., Williamsville. Call Mike Elkan, 799-0371 or e-mail: mike@up-partners.com.

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*Seminars and classes

Cornell University Industrial and Labor Relations Labor Programs--Buffalo, Women and Work--Strategies for Leadership and Progress forum, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Temple Beth Zion, Rabbi Fink Auditorium, Room C, 805 Delaware Ave. Tickets, $20. Information, call 852-4191, ext. 104 or e-mail: rdp2@cornell.edu.

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>March 29

*Professional groups

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of Construction Financial Management Association, Roundtable Discussion, 7:30 a.m., Holiday Inn-Amherst, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Moderator: Jim Camarre, CFO, Mollenberg-Betz. Cost: $20 members; $25 nonmembers. Mail check payable to CFMA to: Daniel E. Sarzynski, Esq., Rupp, Baase, Pfalgfraf, Cunningham and Coppola, 1600 Liberty Building, Buffalo, 14202. Information, call Daniel Sarzynski, 854-3400 or e-mail: sarzynski@ruppbaase.com.

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*Business groups

Sisters of St. Francis at Stella Niagara, project planning meeting for the Niagara Frontier Faith Heritage Trail, 4 p.m., Center of Renewal Retreat and Conference Center, 4421 Lower Road, Stella Niagara. Reservations, call the Center 754-7376.

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