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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.

> Tuesday

Business groups

BNI Executive Marketing Team, breakfast meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Program: "How A Community Bank Can Help Small Businesses in this Changing Economy," presented by Jeff Murbach, branch manager, Evans Bank. Information, Jeff Murbach, 504-1500 or

infoTech Niagara's, Executive Panel Discussion, 7:30 a.m., Saturn Club, 977 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Topic: "Strategies for Fostering Strong IT Teams -- Using Distant/Remote Employees, Understanding Generational Differences in Staff & Utilizing Effective Tactics to Recruit & Retain IT Talent In and Outside the Region." Required registration, visit:

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, Williamsville. Free, Chamber members and prospective members. Reservations, call Kim Whelan, 632-6905.

The Niagara Business Network, networking meeting, 8-9:15 a.m., Dick & Jenny's, 1270 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Information, call Jim Sokolski, 868-3260 or visit

Seminars and classes

HomeFront, homebuyer orientation seminar, 5:30-7 p.m., HomeFront Inc, 780 Fillmore Ave., Buffalo. Topic: $8,000 Closing Cost Grant and $5,000 Closing Cost Grant. Speakers: Kevin Petho, Citizens Bank, and Rayna Grossman, HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal). Information or registration, call 856-2952 or visit

> Wednesday

Business groups

The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, morning business exchange, networking group meeting, 8 a.m., Lucky's Family Restaurant, 3400 Transit Road, West Seneca. 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.

Peregrine's Landing Senior Community and Witter's Bar and Grill, charity golf tournament, 10 a.m. shotgun start, Deerwood Golf Course, 1818 Sweeney St., North Tonawanda. Scramble format, raffles, prizes, and awards, 2 hour open bar and dinner also available. All proceeds donated to those affected with Alzheimer's and dementia. Information, contact Peter Witt, 693-1370 or Todd Brosius, 893-3000.

Buffalo Kiwanis, noon, Holiday Inn, 620 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. The Club has service projects that touch many in Western New York. Information, call, John Moffitt 867-2236.

BHB -- Business Helping Business meeting, 5 p.m., 257 Crosby Blvd., Amherst. Information, contact Gord Manary, or visit

Western New York Linux User Group meeting, 6:30-9 p.m., The PCA Group, 455 Cayuga Road, Suite 200, Buffalo. Information, visit Registration, visit

Seminars and classes

The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Sunrise Seminar series, 8-9:30 a.m., today, and Aug. 17, 24 and 31, The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. Registration, 7:45 a.m. Program: "Employee E-newsletters, Intranets and Recognition Programs -- Oh My!" presented by Alicia Becker, Roswell Park Cancer Institute; Tom Lucia, Charter School for Applied Technologies; and Candace Reimer, Erie 1 BOCES. Cost: $15, members and $25, nonmembers. PRSSA members and students can attend for free. Register online, or call 879-0942. A light breakfast will be provided.

The Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center, free energy workshop, 8:30-10 a.m., Buffalo State College, Butler Library, Room 210, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Registration, 8 a.m. The workshop will help small businesses learn about the energy efficiency funding that is available to help them identify and install energy efficiency measures and to save money by reducing energy costs. Speakers include energy experts from the Small Business Development Center, NYSERDA, National Grid and Lime Energy. Registration, call the SBDC, 878-4030.

> Thursday

Business groups

BNI Platinum, weekly meeting, 6:30 a.m., Westwood Country Club, 772 North Forest Road, Amherst. Program: "Mediation as an alternative to litigation in matrimonial and family law matters," presented by attorney Christina Lana Shine. Information, call Andrew D. Blinkoff, Blinkoff & Blinkoff, 332-6104 or visit

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 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.

Seminars and classes

Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, 2011 Landlord Workshop Series, 6-8 p.m., Belmont Housing Resources for WNY, 1195 Main St., Buffalo. Topic: Housing quality standards inspections, presented by John McMahon, senior Housing Programs manager at Belmont Housing. Information and required registration, call Cassandra Bellamy, 884-2358 Ext. 128/TDD711 or e-mail:

> Aug. 15

Business groups

Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Executive Committee meeting, 8:30 a.m., ECIDA Offices, 143 Genesee St., Buffalo, followed by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency, meeting of the members, 9:15 a.m.; Buffalo and Erie County Regional Development Corp. board of directors meeting, 9:45 a.m.; Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corp., board of directors meeting, 10:15 a.m. Confirmations, call Carrie Hocieniec, 856-6525, Ext. 136.

> Aug. 16

Business groups

Working for Downtown, Buffalo Walks Tours, noon, Innovation Center Lobby, 640 Ellicott St., Buffalo. Park in lot directly across the street; bring ticket for validation. Topic: Buffalo Medical Campus. Patrick Whalen, CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, will conduct a tour of all the new buildings that have been built, are currently under construction, or on the drawing board. Information call, 854-2314; registration, visit

> Aug. 17

Seminars and classes

The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Sunrise Seminar series, 8-9:30 a.m., today, and Aug. 24, and 31, The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. Registration, 7:45 a.m. Program: "Communications Gumbo and Media Relations/Crisis Communication Train the Trainer" presented by Joseph V. Trahan III, Fellow, PRSA. Cost: $20, members; $30, nonmembers and $15, students. Register online at or call 879-0942. A light breakfast will be provided.

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