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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 emailed to by the preceding Thursday.


Seminars and classes

The Niagara Frontier Section of ISA, "The Why, When & How of Trade Show Exhibiting," seminar, 5-6 p.m., FB Displays & Designs, 338 Harris Hill Road, Suite 107, Clarence. Registration, 4:30 p.m. Cost: free for exhibitors at the 2012 ISA Tech Expo; $5, all others.



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

Niagara Business Network, 8-9:15 a.m., Dick & Jenny's, 1270 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Information, visit or call Jim Sokolski, 863-0260.

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

The Western New York Paralegal Association, general membership meeting, noon, Phillips Lytle, 3400 HSBC Center. Lunch provided. Reservations, Laura Szychowski, Proper ID required. Information, visit

The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. Real Estate Committee meeting, noon, BUDC/ECIDA, 143 Genesee St., followed by Buffalo Brownfield Restoration Corp. meeting. Confirmations, contact Carrie Hocieniec, 362-8367 or email

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 Second Language: Why Do the Arts Matter?" noon-1 p.m., Ring of Knowledge, main floor near Fables Cafe, Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Speaker: Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College -- The Great Courses, and Ginny O'Brien Lohr, curator of education, University at Buffalo Art Galleries. Information, visit

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m., Northtown Lexus, 3845 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Free to Chamber members. Information or reservations, visit or call 632-6905.

The Buffalo Investors & Exchangors Group meeting, 7 p.m., Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Program: "Do's and Don'ts for Drafting Fool-Proof Leases," presented by Robert Friedman, Friedman & Ranzenhofer; and "Real Estate Wealth Transferring Strategies for the 21st Century," presented by Dale Belz, Merrill Lynch. Free and open to the public. Reservations, call 675-1500.


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



Professional groups

The Buffalo Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME, networking and dinner meeting, 5 p.m., Diamond Hawk Golf Course, 225 Sonwil Drive, Cheektowaga. Program: Presentation by Encore Golf Technology. 1 PDH Credit (approval pending). Cost: Free, ASME members and engineering students; $25, nonmembers. Reservations,

Niagara Frontier Subcontractors Association, membership dinner meeting, 5:30 p.m., Buffalo Club, 388 Delaware Ave. Program: "Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus," featuring Matt Enstice, president & CEO. Registration, 5:30 p.m. Coat and tie required. Cost, $40, person, includes cocktails. Reservations, call Cheryl, 875-4627 or


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.

Clarence Chamber of Commerce, networking meeting, 8-9 a.m., Gianni Mazia's, 10325 Main St., Clarence. Program: "The Ins and Outs of Cleaning Your Home or Business," presented by Jennifer Hawkins, DJ's Janitorial Services. Information, contact the Clarence Chamber office, 631-3888, or visit

The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. Finance and Audit Committee and BUDC Governance Committee, joint meeting, 8:30 a.m., ECIDA/BUDC, 143 Genesee St. Confirmations, call Carrie Hocieniec, 856-6525, Ext. 136, or email

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.

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business Leaders, a young professionals group, "Food for Thought," luncheon meeting, noon to 1:30 p.m., Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Amherst. The group invites 10 young professionals to sit down with Jordan Levy, chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp., for lunch and an open discussion. Cost: $20, members; $50, nonmembers, lunch provided. Information or reservations, call the Chamber, 632-6905.

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

Business Helping Business, 4:30 p.m., Pearl Street Grill, 76 Pearl St. Information, visit or contact Gord Manary, 796-7248, or email

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce's First Annual Emerging Business Leaders Awards Gala, 7-10 p.m., Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Lancaster. Tickets: $99, visit



Professional groups

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, monthly luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m., DiVal Training Center, 2995 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. Cost, $15. Program: "Gas Detection 101," presented by Gene Schrer, DiVal Safety. Reservations, visit


Business groups

BNI Platinum, weekly meeting, 6:45 a.m., Milos Restaurant, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. Information, contact Karen Benz Coen, Benz Associates, 648-3230.

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

BNI Pinnacle, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Information, contact Joe Zgoda, 254-4444.

The WNY Business Alliance, business-to-business networking meeting, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Millennium Hotel, 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.

Northpointe Toastmasters, open house, noon-1 p.m., DeGraff Memorial Hospital Community Center, 139 Division St., North Tonawanda. Lunch provided. Contact

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

The Western New York Chapter of the IIA, "Beat the Winter Blues" and Past President's Social event, 5-9 p.m., Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum, 263 Michigan Ave. The program includes a networking happy hour with beer, wine and soda, a buffet dinner and dessert, a 10-minute museum presentation, and a one-hour CPE presentation followed by an open bar. Cost, including free parking: $35, members; $60, nonmembers, and free for past presidents. Information, contact Rich Brennan, 878-8681, or email

Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Group of Western New York, 100 Year Anniversary presentation and tour of Buffalo's historic Electric Tower, 6 p.m., 5 E. Huron St. Open bar and hors d'oeuvres, catered by Rich's Catering. Required preregistration, Search "Night at the Electric Tower."



Business groups

BNI Enterprise, networking meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Fairdale Banquet Center, 672 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Information, contact Beth Weber, 819-5912, or visit

Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, Third Annual Evening of Hilarious Comedy with Rob Lederman, 8-10 p.m., Elks Lodge, 33 Legion Parkway, Lancaster. Doors open, 7 p.m. Tickets: $25, general seating, includes pizza and beverages. Information, call 681-9755.


Seminars and classes

The Network in Aging of Western New York, "New York State Medicaid Redesign: Where it Stands and What it Means" seminar, 1-3:45 p.m., Amherst Center for Senior Services, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. Registration, 12:30 p.m. Speaker: Anne F. Monroe, member, New York State Medicaid Redesign Team and president, Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. Registration fee: $20, current Network in Aging members; $30, nonmembers. Register online at or call the Network, 829-3712.