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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, NY 14240; faxed to 849-4587; or e-mailed to by the preceding Thursday.

> Monday

Business groups

Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives, 5:15 p.m., cocktails/networking; 6:15 p.m., dinner/presentation, Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. "The Gecko, the Cavemen, and the VP Who Invented Them" Ted Ward, vice president of marketing for GEICO will speak. Register by calling 662-2279.

> Tuesday

Business groups

WNY PRO 2 Business Networkers, weekly meeting, 7:30 a.m., Bob Evans restaurant, 1925 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. New guest speakers each week. Information and reservations, call Joe Andrade, 417-0070.

Pro-Net Professional Networking Group meeting, 8 a.m., today and 8:30 a.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Amherst. Free, Chamber members and prospective members. Reservations, call Kim Whelan, 632-6905.

The Buffalo Urban Development Corporation, noon, BUDC/ECIDA, 143 Genesee St., Buffalo. Confirmations, call Carrie Hocieniec, 362-8367 or e-mail

Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature and Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, "Why are Buffalo Niagara's Art, Architecture, History, and/or Nature Important?," 12:15-1 p.m., The Ring of Knowledge, main floor near Fables Cafe, Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Speaker: Jon Schmitz, archivist and historian, Chautauqua Institution. Information, visit

Seminars and classes

Westminster Economic Development Initiative, business mentoring program, 4-6 p.m., 271 Grant St. (former library). Free advice to entrepreneurs and small business owners on Buffalo's West Side. Information, call Bonnie Smith, 870-6843 or

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, An Update On NHL & CLL: The Latest in Research & Treatment, for community practice nurses, 5:30 p.m., The White Inn, 52 East Main St., Fredonia. Presenter: Dr. Francisco Hernandez, Roswell Park Cancer Institute. This free program will include a complimentary dinner. 2 CE credits. Information or registration, contact Coleen Jones, 834-2578, Ext. 4667, or toll free (800) 784-2368 or

> Wednesday

Business groups

The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, Morning Business Exchange, networking group meeting, 8 a.m., Forestview Restaurant, 4781 Transit Road, Depew. Information, call the Chamber, 681-9755.

The Parachute Group, a networking group for individuals who are in career/job transition, 10 a.m., Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. Information, call 276-1117.

Buffalo Kiwanis, noon, Holiday Inn, 620 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Information, contact John Moffitt 867-2236.

> Thursday

Professional groups

Society of Financial Services Professionals, member breakfast, 7:50-9:30 a.m., Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Program: "Our Profession," presented by Tom Petsche, president, National SFSP. Required reservations, visit:

The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, luncheon program, 11:45 a.m., Center for Tomorrow, University at Buffalo North Campus, Amherst. Program: "Measuring the Relationship with Your Publics: A Low-Cost, High-Impact Strategy," presented by Joseph Brennan, associate vice president for university communications for UB; and John Della Contrada, assistant vice president for media relations for UB. Cost: $25, members; $35, nonmembers; $20, students. Registration, visit or call 879-0942.

The Buffalo Chapter of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, tour of the Huntley Power Plant, 3500 River Road, Tonawanda, 5 p.m., followed by networking and dinner, Crazy Jakes, 26 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Cost: $20, ASME members; $25, nonmembers. For reservations, e-mail Jake Briggs: Information,

Business groups

The WNY Business Alliance, business to business networking meeting, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Millennium Hotel Buffalo, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Information, call David Nestico, 310-3235 or visit:

The Western New York Business Network Group for business professionals, 7:45 a.m., Comfort Inn, 1 Flint Road, Amherst. Call 553-8883 or visit

The Clarence Industrial Development Agency, monthly meeting, 8 a.m., Clarence Town Hall, Town Board Meeting Room, One Town Place, Clarence.

The Parachute Group, a networking group for downsized employees and career changers, 10 a.m., Lakewood Town Offices (upstairs), 20 W. Summit St., Lakewood. Information, call Shawn Glogowski, 276-1127.

Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature and Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, "Imagine Buffalo in the 21st Century," 12:15-1 p.m., The Ring of Knowledge, main floor near Fables Cafe, Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Speaker: U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter. Information, visit

Working for Downtown, Thursday in the City, 5-8 p.m., Papaya, 118 W. Chippewa St., Buffalo. Information, visit

The WNY Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association WNY, Erie County Networking Event, 6-8:30 p.m., Frog Hair Grille and Golf, 7800 Transit Road, Amherst. Cost, $5 and includes hors d'oeuvres and cash bar. Bring business cards. Reservations, visit events

Seminars and classes

The NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, Life Sciences Commercialization Lecture Series series, "A Successful Approach to Landing a Career in a Life Sciences Position in Buffalo Niagara," featuring Deanna LeFranc, Moog Medical, 4-5 p.m., NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, 701 Ellicott St., Buffalo. Free. For more information, contact Renata Bator, or 881-7588, or visit:

Hauptman-Woodward Institute, Seminar Series, 4 p.m., HWI, 700 Ellicott St., Buffalo, reception follows. Program: "Conformational Dynamics and Functional Interactions of HSP90 Chaperone," presented by David A. Agard, professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of California--San Francisco and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Information, call 898-8600 or visit

> Friday

Business groups

The Batavia Business Improvement District, Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon, noon-1:30 p.m., City Church Generation Center, 15 Center St., Batavia. Registration, 11:45 a.m.Program: Review of the B.I.D.'s accomplishments in 2010-2011, and the announcement of the newly elected board of directors. Recognition to retiring board members, Victor Gautieri (President) and Paul Marchese (Vice President). Presentation of the "Spirit of Downtown" Business Award to Charles Men's Shop and the "Spirit of Downtown Volunteer" Awards to, Jeffrey Gillard (BID Member Volunteer) and Leanna DiRisio and Krysia Mager (Community Volunteers). Cost, $15 per person. Reservations, contact Don Burkel, B.I.D. Director, (585) 344-0900 or e-mail at

> Saturday

Business groups

Buffalo Niagara Green Expo, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Walden Galleria, Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga.Exhibitors will show Western New York residents how to go green in their home, bodies, gardens, businesses, careers and communities. Please bring resumes and learn about green careers. In addition, the expo will feature an eco-art show, an eco-fashion show, electric vehicles, speakers, electronics recycling, and a straw bale house demonstration. Environmentally-themed activities will be featured in the Kids Zone and Teen Zone.

Buffalo State College, annual Foundation Scholarship Gala, 6:30 p.m., Connecticut Street Armory, 184 Connecticut St., Buffalo. Dinner, 7:30 p.m. Because of the gala the Buffalo State College Foundation awards roughly 200 scholarships yearly to deserving students in the All College Honors program. Tickets, $200 per person. Information, contact Kathryn Neeson, 878-4895.

> May 2

Professional groups

Buffalo Niagara Travel Professionals, monthly networking and dinner meeting, 5:15 p.m., Fontana's Ogden Restaurant, 1834 William St., Buffalo. Speaker: Mark Goldman, author, entrepreneur, activist, and cultural innovator. Cost: $23, BNTP member discount; $28, travel industry guests. Reservations, e-mail: Marydel Gaiser,

Engineering Society of Buffalo, officiers, directors and committee members, 6 p.m., Alice's Kitchen, 3122 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Reservations, call Kim, 873-4455 or email:

> May 4

Professional groups

Engineering Society of Buffalo, retirees luncheom meeting, noon, Alice's Kitchen, 3122 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Information, call John Bieshline, 694-5154 or email:

Business groups

The Canisius College Women's Business Center, Open Networking event, 8:15-10 a.m., Canisius College Women's Business Center, 2365 Main St., Buffalo. The event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Information, contact Christine Wittmann, 888-8285 or visit

BHB - Business Helping Business, meeting, 4:30 p.m., Pearl Street Grill, 76 Pearl St., Buffalo. Information and locations for this and recurring meetings contact, Gord Manary, or visit

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce's Emerging Business Leaders, a young professionals group, networking event, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Western New York School of Bartending, 8180 Main St., Williamsville. Cost: Free, Chamber members; $5, nonmembers. Information or reservation, visit or or call the Chamber, 632-6905.

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