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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 fin@buffnews.com by the preceding Thursday.

>Monday

Seminars and classes

Allaire Financial Strategies, free financial planning workshops, 3 and 7 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Snyder. Topic: Retirement Planning. Reservations, call 839-2460.

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>Tuesday

Business groups

BNI Executive Marketing Team, breakfast meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Information, contact Mia Banaszak, 238-4041 or visit www.bniemt.com.

Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature and Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Lecture Discussion Series, "Imagine The Arts as a 2nd Language: Why Do The Arts Matter?" 12:10-1 p.m., Ring of Knowledge, main floor near Fables Cafe, Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Speakers: Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College -- The Great Courses and Nancy Spector, Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Information, visit www.buffaloah.com/h/center/index.html.

The Advertising Club of Buffalo, January AdLab -- Video: How It Can Fit Into Every Budget, 5:15 p.m., Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo. Program: Local video experts will conduct a panel discussion. Cost: $5, student members; $10, Advertising Club of Buffalo members; $25, nonmembers, when you RSVP at: advertisingclubofbuffalo.com.

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>Wednesday

Business groups

BNI Prestige, breakfast meeting, 6:45-8 a.m., Avezzano's Restaurant, 204 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga. Information, contact Lou Taravella 867-0138.

The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, morning business exchange, networking group meeting, 8 a.m., Olive Tree, 5240 Broadway, Lancaster. Information, call the Chamber, 681-9755.

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

The Canisius College Women's Business Center, Sister Mixer, an annual winter networking event, 8:30-10 a.m., Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Free and open to all people in business. Light refreshments served. Information, contact the WBC, 888-8280 or visit canisius.edu/wbc.

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.

Working for Downtown, Brown Bag Lunch Series, noon-1 p.m., Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square (2nd floor meeting room), Buffalo. Speaker: Amber M. Dixon, interim superintendent, Buffalo Public Schools. Reservations or to order a $10 box lunch, contact Lynn Waclawek, lwaclawek@mtb.com.

Daemen College, Nancy Haberman Gacioch Entrepreneurship Lecture Series, Veterans Entrepreneurism, 5 p.m., Alumni Lounge, Wick Center, 4380 Main St., Amherst. Speaker: Ted Lasser, CEO and co-founder, Veteran Entrepreneurial Transfer. Free and open to the public. Information, contact Patrick Welch, director of Veterans Services, pwelch@daemen.edu.

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Seminars and classes

U.S. Department of Commerce's Export Assistance Center and Insyte Consulting, Western New York Manufacturing Export Workshop, 8:45 a.m., Larkin at Exchange, 726 Exchange St., Barton Room, 6th Floor, Buffalo. Program: A briefing by experts and practitioners in the fields of export financing, international marketing, logistics and law, and representatives from the U. S. Department of Commerce. Reservations, email tuona_batchelor@gillibrand.senate.gov.

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>Thursday

Business groups

BNI Signature, weekly meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Realty USA Office, 6000 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Information, contact Jarrett Pace, 361-6869, or visit www.facebook.com/BNI.Signature.

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

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 www.wnybiznet.com.

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.

Rotary Club of Buffalo, 12:15 p.m., Templeton Terrace, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo. Program: Buffalo Building Reuse Project, presented by Laura Smith, Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Information, call 854-3397.

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

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Seminars and classes

Buffalo Chapter of Project Management Institute, 8 a.m.-noon and 12:30-4:30 p.m., Classics V Restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Programs: Basic Toolbelt Skills: Project Roles and Responsibilities; Advanced Toolbelt Skills: "Beyond the Triple Constraint," Information, visit www.pmibuffalo.org.

The Evans Insurance Agency, 2012 WNY Farm Show, noon-8 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday, Showplex on the Fairgrounds and the newly constructed Barn #11, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg. Free admission and parking. Information, contact Alan Butzer, The Evans Agency, 780-8109 or abutzer@evansagencyins.com.

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>Friday

Business groups

The Buffalo and Erie County Regional Development Corp. Loan Committee meeting, 8:30 a.m. ECIDA, 143 Genesee St. Confirmations, contact Carrie Hocieniec, 856-6525, Ext. 136.

The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. meeting, noon, BUDC/ECIDA, 143 Genesee St. Confirmations, contact Carrie Hocieniec, 856-6525, Ext. 136 or email: chocieni@ecidany.com.

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>Feb. 7

Business groups

The Buffalo Niagara Travel Professionals, networking and dinner meeting, 5:15 p.m., Courtyard by Marriott, 4243 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Speaker: Ann Meskill. Cost: $25, BNTP member; $30, travel industry guests and late fee. Reservations, email ktortorice@moog.com.

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Seminars and classes

The Canisius College Center for Professional Development, Executive Leadership Series, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays, through Feb. 28, Center for Professional Development, 300 Corporate Parkway, Amherst. Registration information or for a complete description of each course, contact the Center for Professional Development, 888-8490 or visit: canisius.edu/cpd.

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>Feb. 8

Professional groups

The Association for Operations Management, APICs -- Buffalo and the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) -- Buffalo, joint Professional Development Meeting, 5:15 p.m., Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Dinner, 6 p.m. Program: "Best-in-Class Strategic Sourcing," presented by John P. Willi, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Cost: $25, members and guests; $15, full-time student. Information and registration, visit www.apics-buffalo.com or call Nancy Boyd Haley, 648-0972.

Western New York Linux User Group meeting, 6:30-9 p.m., The PCA Group, 455 Cayuga Road, Suite 200, Buffalo. Information, visit: www.wnylug.org; registration, visit: www.thepcagroup.com.