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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 fin@buffnews.com by the preceding Thursday.

>Tuesday

Professional groups

The Buffalo Niagara Travel Professionals, networking and dinner meeting, 5:15 p.m., Tuscarora Inn, 128 Walnut St., Lockport. Speaker: Laurie Rusin, president, LXR Travel. Cost: $25, BNTP members; $30, travel industry guests of members and late fee. Reservations, email ktortorice@moog.com.

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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.

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

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. Speakers: Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Rosemont College -- The Great Courses, and Gene Chasin, COO, Say Yes to Education Foundation, New York City. Information, visit www.buffaloah.com.

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Seminars and classes

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce, leadership skills seminar, 8 a.m., GOACC office, 120 N. Union St., Olean. Free for members. Topic: "Marketing on a Shoestring Budget." Information or reservations, call 372-4433 or email nancy@oleanny.com.

Genesee Community College, job fair, noon-2 p.m., GCC Batavia Campus/Forum, One College Road, Batavia. Numerous companies participating. Information, (585) 343-0055, Ext. 6616, or visit www.genesee.edu/career/events/.

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>Wednesday

Professional groups

Engineering Society of Buffalo, retirees luncheon meeting, noon, Royal Family Restaurant, 1320 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Information, call John Bieshline, 694-5154, or email esboffice@verizon.net.

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Business groups

The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, morning business exchange, networking group meeting, 8 a.m., Olive Tree Family Restaurant, 5240 Broadway, Lancaster. 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. Call 276-1117.

Business Helping Business, a group of multidisciplinary business professionals, 4:30 p.m., Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 76 Pearl St. Information, visit www.bhbwny.com or contact Gord Manary, 796-7248, or email gordon.manary@gmail.com.

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Seminars and classes

UVANY, the Center of Excellence, Bright Buffalo Niagara and MedTech, half-day workshop, noon-6:30 p.m., New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, 701 Ellicott St. Topic: "The Secrets of Successful Valuation, Exit and Investment Strategies." Cost: $60/$80. Registration: www.medtech.org/events/register.aspx.

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce and Emerging Business Leaders "Proper Business Networking Etiquette" workshop, 5:30 p.m., Ingram Micro, 1759 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. Facilitator: John Bourdage, founder, Bourdage Consulting. Cost: $5 EBL members; $25, nonmembers. Registration, visit www.amherst.org or call 632-6905.

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>Thursday

Professional groups

The Buffalo Chapter of Project Management Institute, project management toolbelt series, basic class, "How to Develop a Foolproof Cost/Benefit Analysis," 8 a.m.-noon; advance class, "Procurement Principles," 12:30-4:30 p.m. Earn 4.0 PDUs. Classics V Restaurant, 2425 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Information, visit: www.pmibuffalo.org.

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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., Knights of Columbus Banquet Facility, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Information, contact Jarrett Pace, 361-6869, or visit www.facebook.com/BNI.Signature.

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 and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. 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.

Southtowns Business Network, breakfast networking meeting, 8 a.m., Alton's Restaurant, 2221 Transit Road, Elma. Information, call Bob Fuller, 681-5311, or www.southtownsbiznet.org.

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

Rotary Club of Buffalo, 12:15 p.m., Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace. Program: Independent Health, presented by Dr. Michael Cropp, president and CEO. 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

Amherst Chamber of Commerce, April's Tools for Prosperity workshop, 8:30-10 a.m., Buffalo Extension Center of Roberts Wesleyan College, 6500 Sheridan Drive, Suite 106, Williamsville. Registration, 8:15 a.m. Speaker: Michael Tasner, Taz Solutions and Guerrilla Marketing International. Tickets: $5, Amherst Chamber members; $25, nonmembers. For information or registration, visit www.amherst.org or call 632-6905.

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>Friday

Business groups

BNI Circle of Excellence, networking meeting 6:45 a.m., Milo's Restaurant, 5877 Main St. Williamsville. Information, contact Daniel Young, 408-2525.

BNI Enterprise, networking meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Fairdale Banquet Center, 672 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Information, Grace Luterek, 536-3824 or visit www.bninewyork.com.

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>April 10

Business groups

Western New York Chamber Alliance and Clarence Chamber of Commerce, China Trip information session, 7 p.m., Clarence Library, 3 Town Place, Clarence. Registration, contact Judy, 631-3888. Trip information, visit www.clarence.org.

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>April 11

Business groups

BNI Platinum, business networking social, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Sonoma Grille, 5010 Main St. Synder. Information, contact Karen Benz Coen, Benz Associates, 648-3230.

The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Accreditation in Public Relations orientation session, 6:15 p.m., Classroom Building, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Registration, visit www.prsabuffaloniagara.com or call 879-0942.