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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, faxed to 849-4587, or e-mailed to fin@buffnews.com.

>Monday

Business groups

Town of Cheektowaga, Department of Senior Services, IRS and AARP Free Tax Assistance program, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through April 17, Cheektowaga Senior Center, 3349 Broadway. No appointments. Information, call 686-3930.

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>Tuesday

Business groups

BNI -- Executive Marketing Team Chapter, weekly meeting, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Millennium Airport Hotel and Resorts, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Visitors welcome. Information, call Chuck Barrett, 213-4444.

Town of Cheektowaga, Department of Senior Services, IRS and AARP Free Tax Assistance program, 1-4 p.m. Mondays through April 16, Upstairs, Recreation Center Arena (ice rink), Cheektowaga Town Park, Harlem Road. Information, call 686-3930.

Westminster Economic Development Initiative, business mentoring program, 5:30 to 7 p.m., 271 Grant St. Business mentors provide free advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners located on the West Side. No appointment necessary.

American Heart Association's Go Red For Women initiative, a silent auction fundraiser, 6 to 9 p.m., Fiamma Restaurant, 1735 Hertel Ave. Tickets: $25, presale; $35, door.

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Wednesday

Business groups

BNI -- Priority Marketing, weekly meeting, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Millennium Hotel and Resorts, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Speaker: Harry King, BNI Western New York. Visitor's welcome. Information, call Jim Fitzpatrick, 597-9847.
Seminars and classes

The State University of New York University Center for Academic and Workforce Development and Group Ministries, free "Learn to be a Financially Independent" workshops, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays through April 18, Group Ministries, 1325 Jefferson Ave. Learn the basics in banking services, money management, savings, investing and credit. Information, call 539-1845.

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>Thursday

Professional groups

CSI, Construction Specifications Institute, luncheon meeting, sponsored by ARDEX, 12:15 a.m., Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, 2402 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Program: Concrete Substrates, presented by Bob Sherwood, ARDEX Inc. Architects and engineers eligible for 1 learning credit. Reservations, call 875-4627.

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Business groups

BNI Business Makers, weekly meeting, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Marinaccio's Italian Ristorante, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. Speaker: Lynn Zastrow, Impressive Imprints. Visitors welcome. Information, call Bryan Castro, 907-4456.
Western New York Business Alliance, breakfast and networking meeting, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., Millennium Hotel and Resorts, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Call Dave Nestico, 853-0400, or visit: www.wnyba.com.

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

Town of Cheektowaga, Department of Senior Services, IRS and AARP, Free Tax Assistance program, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Maryvale Community Center, 3409 Genesee St. No appointments. Information, call 686-3930.

Rotary Club of Buffalo, 12:15 p.m., Harbour Club, HSBC Arena. Speaker: Congressman Brian Higgins. Call John McClive, 854-3397.

Buffalo/Amherst Business and Professional Women, dinner meeting, 5:30 p.m., Fairdale Banquet Center, 672 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Program: Pay equity panel. Cost, $25. Call Lora Warkentin, 832-9327 or e-mail: www.buffaloamherstbpw.com.

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Seminars and classes

The PACE Program at Houghton College, free Microsoft Excel training, 8 a.m. to noon, West Seneca Campus, Lambein Learning Center, 810 Union Road. Register online at: www.houghton.edu/pace/corporate and click on Professional Development Training Schedule to view other training sessions on Microsoft Office applications.

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>Friday

Business groups

BNI Prime Time, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Brierwood Country Club, S-5324 Rogers Road, Hamburg. Program: "Saving Money on Your Employees' Health Insurance Premiums," presented by David Nagy, Foresight Financial Planners. Visitors welcome. Call Robert Kell, 652-5818.

BNI -- Buffalo's First, breakfast meeting, 7 to 8:30 a.m., Millennium Hotel and Resorts, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Program: Auto Insurance discussion, presented by Anthony Lorigo, Liberty Mutual Insurance. Call Mary Nowak, 565-1500, Ext. 206.

Downtown Toastmasters, 7:30-8:45 a.m., M&T Bank Executive Board Room, 19th Floor, One M&T Plaza. Guests welcome. Information, visit: www.DowntownTM.org or e-mail: info@DowntownTM.org.

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>April 16

Business groups

Erie County Industrial Development Agency Board of Directors, 9:15 a.m., ECIDA, 275 Oak St. Call Pat Rogowski, 856-6525, Ext. 132.

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Seminars and classes

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo, "Credit When Credit Is Due" program, 6 to 8 p.m., St. John the Baptist Outreach Center, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport. Free. Call 712-2060 or visit www.cccsbuff.org.

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>April 17

Professional groups

Western New York Society for Information Professionals, dinner meeting, 5:30 p.m., Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Topic: "ITIL," presented by Mike Dewind, HSBC Bank USA. Cost, $20 members; $25 guests. Call Louis Callari, 871-2939 or e-mail: wnysip@buffalo.com or visit: www.wnysip.org.

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Seminars and classes

Insyte Consulting, How to Prevent Workplace Accidents workshop, 8 a.m. to noon, LCO Building, 620 Exchange St., 6th Floor, Barton Room. Cost, $50. Registration, call 636-3626.

Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, 3-part practical business strategies workshop, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Eddie Ryan's Restaurant, 50 Central Ave., Lancaster. Cost: $12 member, before April 13; $16, at door; $25, nonmember. Information and reservations, call 681-9755.

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>April 18

Professional groups

Greater Buffalo Building Owners and Managers Association, monthly meeting, 11:30 a.m., Harry's Harbour Place Grille, 2192 Niagara St. Program: "Parking in downtown Buffalo -- Is It really a problem," presented by Kevin Helfer, Buffalo Civic Auto Ramps. Information, call Pat Wittmeyer, 856-3801.

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Business groups

Western New York Venture Association, business opportunity and investment breakfast forum, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave. Presenters: Rick Smith III, RiverWright and Chris Gardner, Variant Products. Vasplan. Free to members and their first-time guests. Registration and information, call Jack McGowan, 636-3626.

Buffalo/Niagara Postal Customer Council, luncheon, noon to 1:30 p.m., Sonoma Grille, 5010 Main St., Amherst. Program: Briefing on new shape-based postage rates by Ron Corcoran, U.S. Postal Service rates expert. Cost: $20, PCC members; $35 nonmembers. Call postmaster's office, 846-2401.

Working For Downtown, Buffalo Talks Series, noon to 1:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency Buffalo, Two Fountain Plaza. Program: Higher Education's Course for Investment and Growth in Buffalo. Marsha S. Henderson, University at Buffalo.

Niagara Frontier Tourism Task Force, 6 p.m., John's Flaming Hearth, formerly Red Lobster, 2006 Military Road, Niagara Falls. Reservations, call 934-3775 or e-mail: pforge@verizon.net.

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Seminars and classes

The New York State Business Travel Association, annual corporate travel symposium, 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Ambassador Conference Center at the Hampton Inn -- Batavia, 4360 Commerce Drive, Batavia. Topic: "Partnerships and Perspectives For Corporate Travel in 2007." Cost: $75, NYSBTA members; $85, nonmembers. Information, call Kathy Wall-Zientek, 687-5412, or visit: www.nysbta.org.

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