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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 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

Buffalo Executives Association, noon, Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Cheektowaga. Craft talk: Dwight Moldenhauer and Associates. Information, call Cheryl Samilio Meyer, 852-6916.

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Seminars and classes

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and The Stroke Care Center at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, free stroke awareness seminar, 7 p.m., Youngstown's First Presbyterian Church, 100 Church St., Youngstown. Registration, call 278-4604.

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>Tuesday

Business groups

BNI -- Business Networkers Chapter of Business Network International, 7-8:30 a.m., Lucarelli's Banquet Center, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna. Program: "Learn how to thank your best customers with affordable gifts," presented by Lori Manning, Mary Kay Cosmetics. Information, call Nancy Kenlon, 652-0232 or visit: www.bniwny.com.

BNI Executive Marketing Team, business networking group, 7-8:30 a.m., Millennium Hotel and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Program: "Planning for Retirement in Turbulent Times," presented by Rocco A. Capobianco, MetLife Resources. Information, call Jeff Murbach, 504-1500 or visit: www.bniemt.com.

WNY PRO, business networker's weekly meeting, 7:30 a.m., Original Pancake House, 2075 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Speaker: Frank Lombardo, Pro Forma. Reservations, call Joe Andrade, 417-0070. Information, visit: www.wnypro2.com.
The Western New York Society for Information Professionals, dinner meeting, 5:30 p.m., Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Speaker: Scott Pasterell, WNY Client Services. Members, $20; nonmenbers, $25.

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Seminars and classes

Westminster Economic Development Initiative, WEDI, business mentoring program, 4-6 p.m., 271 Grant St. (former library). Free advice to entrepreneurs and small-business owners located on the West Side of Buffalo. Information or an appointment, call Bonnie Smith, 870-6843 or e-mail: bsmith@wedibuffalo.org.

HomeFront's free home buyer orientation seminar, 6-7 p.m., HomeFront Inc., 560 Delaware Ave., Suite 101. Featured presenter: HSBC. Registration, 856-2952 or visit: www.homefrontbflo.org.

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>Wednesday

Professional groups

The Buffalo Chapter of the National Association of Purchasing Management, The Buffalo Association for Operations Management, APICS, InfoTech Niagara and the Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association, networking and dinner meeting, 5:15 p.m., Millennium Hotel and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Dinner, 6 p.m. Program: "The Art and Science of Culture and Climate -- Panel Discussion on Best Places to Work in WNY," with panelists Tom Pleban, Calspan; Gord Cumming, Independent Health; Dan Gigante, clevermethod; and Tom Grogan, Brock, Schechter & Polakoff. Cost: $25, members and guests; $15, fulltime students. Reservations, call Nancy Boyd Haley, 648-0972; fax, 646-1599, or e-mail:napmbflo@roadrunner.com or registration, visit: www.apics-buffalo.com.

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Business groups

Western New York Venture Association, business opportunity and investment breakfast forum, 7:30-9 a.m., Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave. Presenters: Aaron Newman, Techrigy Inc. and Greg Schreiber, Vaspian. Free to members and their first-time guests; nonmembers, call Jack McGowan, 636-3626. Preregistration, call Jack McGowan or Sandie Wade, 636-3626.

Professional Networking (ProNet) group meeting, 8:30 a.m., Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Williamsville. Free to Chamber members and prospective members. Reservations, call Loretta Kaminsky, 632-6905.

The University at Buffalo School of Management's Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Core Program open house, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Jacobs Executive Development Center, 672 Delaware Ave. The program is accepting applications for September enrollment. Information, call 885-5715, e-mail: mgt-cel@buffalo.edu or visit: mgt.buffalo.edu/cel.

The Parachute Group, a networking group for individuals who are in career/job transition, 10 a.m., Harlem Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. Information, call 276-1117 or e-mail: parachutegroup@msn.com.

The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, 5:30 p.m., Fairdale Inn and Banquet Center, 672 Wehrle Drive, Cheektowaga. Program: "Business Killers -- How to Identify and Protect Your Business From Them," presented by Angelica Welsh and Bruce Maisch. Cost: $30, members; $35, guests. Reservations, visit: www.nawbowny.org; call Jamie Jordan, 580-1135 or e-mail: Jamie420@roadrunner.com.

Buffalo Junior Chamber of Commerce, open house and networking event, 6 p.m., Hamlin House, 432 Franklin St. Information, visit: www.buffalojaycees.org.

Western New York Linux User Group meeting, 6:30-9 p.m., The PCA Group, 455 Cayuga Road, Suite 200. Topic: "Getting to Know Your Linux." Information, visit: www.wnylug.org.

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Seminars and classes

Buffalo/Niagara Postal Customer Council, "New USPS Shipping Options in 2009" seminar, noon, Curly's Grill, 647 Ridge Rd, Lackawanna. Cost, $20. Call Vic Laudisio, 846-2536.

The Women's Business Center at Canisius College, free information counseling session for current and potential small-business owners, presented by staff from the state Small Business Development Center, the WBC and members of the Service Corps of Retired Executives, noon to 1 p.m., Demerly Hall, Canisius College, 2365 Main St. Information or required registration, call 888-8280 or visit: www.canisius.edu/wbc.

Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce and Empire State College, "Take Your Company to the Next Level," business seminar series, 5:30 p.m., Empire State College, AppleTree Business Park Campus, 2875 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Cost: $25, Chamber members; $35, nonmembers. Information and registration, call the Chamber, 684-5838.

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>Thursday

Business groups

The Western New York Business Networking Group for Sales Professionals, 7:45 a.m., Butterwood Bakery, 5409 Main St., Williamsville. Call 553-8883 or visit: www.wnybiznet.org.

Professional Networking (ProNet), group meeting 8:30 a.m., Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Williamsville. Free to Chamber members and prospective members. Reservations, call Loretta Kaminsky, 632-6905.

Rotary Club of Buffalo, 12:15 p.m., Harbour Club, HSBC Arena. Program: Economic Development for the City of Buffalo, presented by Brian Reilly commissioner. Information, call John McClive, 854-3397.

The Buffalo Chapter of the Coalition for Economic Justice, The United Electrical Workers, People United for Sustainable Housing and the Coalition for Economic Justice, public forum, 5:30-7 p.m., Lafayette Presbyterian Church, 875 Elmwood Ave. Program: "Resistance and Recovery," featuring workers that staged and won a six-day sit-in strike at Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago.

Independent Health Foundation, Good for the Neighborhood program, Heart Health in the New Year, 6-8 p.m., West Side Community Services, 161 Vermont St. The Erie County Department of Health will provide smoking cessation kits and information on preventing carbon monoxide poisoning in the home. Free health screenings and a farmers' market. Information, call 635-4959.
Seminars and classes

ISA -- Niagara Frontier Section, The International Society of Automation, Part Three of the three-part Safety Instrumented Systems Series, 8:30-10:30 a.m., BurnsCascade, 3332 Walden Ave., Depew. Topic: "Field Device Issues and Their Impact On System Performance." Cost: Free, members; $10, nonmembers; $5, students. 1 PDH awarded. Information and registration call Susan Engelhart, 651-0050 or e-mail: engelhart@burnscascade.com.

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>Friday

Business groups

BNI Enterprise, weekly meeting, 7-8:30 a.m., Fairdale Inn and Banquet Center, 672 Wehrle Drive, Cheektowaga. Program: "Proper Use Of Promotional Products," presented by Mike Kalinowski, The Target Group. Information, call Dave Raczyk, 894-5794.

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