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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 emailed to fin@buffnews.com by the preceding Thursday.

>Monday

Business groups

The Erie County Industrial Development Agency, meeting of the members, 9 a.m., ECIDA Offices, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, 1 Layfayette Square, followed by the Buffalo and Erie County Regional Development Corp. board of directors; followed by the Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corp. meeting of directors. Confirmations, call Laurie Hendrix, 856-6525, Ext. 115.

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>Tuesday

Professional groups

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, monthly luncheon meeting, noon, Danforth Training Room, 200 Colvin Woods Parkway, Tonawanda. Cost, $15, all attendees. Program: "Mind Over Matter: The Mark O'Brien Story," presented by Marine Corp. Mark O'Brien. Required reservations, contact Tom Weisbeck, 523-2785.

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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.

The Business Education Alliance of the Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, luncheon meeting, noon, American Grille on Seneca, 7901 Seneca St., East Aurora. Program: "Challenges Currently Facing Our Schools," presented by Robert M. Bennett, New York Board of Regents chancellor emeritus. Cost, $15. Information and registration, contact the Chamber office, 652-8444, or eanycc@verizon.net.

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 Joanna Angie, artist and founder, Buffalo Art Studios. Information, visit www.buffaloah.com.

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m., KeyBank, 804 Hopkins Road, Williamsville. Free to Amherst Chamber members. Information or reservations, visit www.amherst.org or call 632-6905.

Clarence Chamber of Commerce, After Hours Blender, 5:30-7 p.m., Lakeshore Savings Bank, 5751 Transit Road, Depew. Program: "Credit Counts for Small Business," presented by Mike Florczak, Consumer Credit Counseling. Required reservations, call the Chamber office, 631-3888.

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Seminars and classes

Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives, luncheon seminar, noon, Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, 2402 N. Forest Road, Getzville. Registration, 11:30 a.m. Program: "Motivating Self and (Hopefully) Others," presented by Jackie Stroh, president, Clarion Call. Cost: $25, nonmembers; $15, members and students. Registration, call 662-2279 or visit www.bnsme.org.

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>Wednesday

Professional groups

The Greater Buffalo Business Owners and Managers Association, 11:30 a.m., Curly's Grill and Banquet Center, 647 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. Program: Donovan State Office Building repositioning and its role in Canal Side project, presented by Danielle Shainbrown, McGuire Development Co., and David McNamara, Phillips Lytle. Registration information, visit www.bomabuffalo.com.

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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.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, Spring Career Fair, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Seneca Niagara Events Center, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls. Recruiters available to meet with job-seekers for more than 70 available full- and part-time positions. Prospective employees are encouraged to bring copies of a resume, dress professionally and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews. Information about careers at the Seneca Casinos, visit www.senecacasinos.com and click on "Careers."

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.

National Association of Women Business Owners, dinner meeting. 5:30-8 p.m., Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew. Program: A Trail Guide to Health Care Reform -- An overview of health care reform legislation, how it is being implemented in Western New York, and its impact on small businesses, presented by Roberta Rifkin, Independent Health. Cost: $30, members; $40, walk-in rate for members and guests. Reservations, call 238-2461 or email info@nawbowny.org.

Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, 6 p.m., Metro Town Center Realty, 1980 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Program: Officers for 2012-13 will be nominated. Reservations, contact Diane Dinsmore, 308-6230, or email dinsdggr@aol.com.

The American Business Women's Association of Western New York, 2011-12 Professional Development Speaker Series, 6 p.m., Banchetti's Banquets and Catering, 550 N. French Road, Amherst. Program: "How to Score More Sales," presented by Lori Richardson, president, ScoreMoreSales.com. Required reservations, visit www.abwawny.com/events.

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Seminars and classes

Fourteen Ways to Preserve Your Assets with the Medicaid Laws, a free seminar, 5:30 p.m., Protocol Restaurant, 6766 Transit Road, Cheektowaga. Speakers: Robert Friedman of Friedman & Ranzenhofer, and Jeffrey Vastola, M&T Insurance Group. Registration, 542-5444.

Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Product Development and Management Association, 6-8 p.m., Rich Product Corporate Headquarters, 1 Robert Rich Way. Discussion: Rich Product's Corporate Design for Innovation. Cost: $10, students and members; $20, nonmembers. Information, email buffalo-niagara@pdma.org or call Francisco Arinci, 225-2920.

Retirement Wellness Checkup seminar, 7-8 p.m., Absolutcare East Aurora, 282 Main St., East Aurora. Registration, 6:45 p.m. Information and required reservations, call Tim Stevenson 948-7829.

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>Thursday

Business groups

BNI Signature, weekly meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., K of C Banquet Facility, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Information, contact Cher Kempf, 868-6018, or visit www.facebook.com/BNI.Signature.

BNI Pinnacle, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Business Extravaganza, Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Speaker: Jerry Graczyk, executive director, BNI Buffalo Niagara. Required reservations, contact Joe Zgoda, 254-4444.

Buffalo Business Networking Event, 7:30 to 9 a.m., USitek Group, 1720 Military Road, Suite 200, Buffalo. Registration, visit: http://buffalo-tipclubapril2012.eventbrite.com.

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.

Amherst Chamber of Commerce, The Emerging Business Leaders, Food for Thought breakfast event, 8-9:30 a.m., Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Williamsville. Speaker: Jack Connors, publisher and president, Business First and the Buffalo Law Journal. Cost: $10, Chamber members; $40, nonmembers with breakfast provided. Information or reservations, call the Chamber, 632-6905.

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 chocieni@ecidany.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. Call Shawn Glogowski, 276-1127.

The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. Real Estate Committee meeting, noon, BUDC/ECIDA, 143 Genesee St., followed by the Buffalo Brownfield Restoration Corp. meeting. Confirmations, call Carrie Hocieniec, 856-6525, Ext. 136 or email chocieni@ecidany.com.

Rotary Club of Buffalo, 12:15 p.m., Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace. Program: Niagara University Hospitality and Management, presented by Deborah Curtis. 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.

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business Leaders division Cheers for Charity, a happy hour to benefit Special Olympics New York, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tully's Good Times, 1459 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Cost, $20. All proceeds go toward sponsoring athletes for the 2012 Summer Games. Information, call the Chamber, 632-6905.

Buffalo World Trade Association, monthly meeting, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Roycroft Inn, 40 S. Grove St., East Aurora. Program: Export Compliance 101, presented by Jon P. Yormick, Yormick & Associates Co. Information and registration, email ExecSec@bwta.us.

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Seminars and classes

The Midrange Users Group of Western New York, monthly dinner seminar, 6 p.m., Italian Village, 804 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Cost, $20 member; $30, nonmember. Information, visit www.mugwny.org.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo, free workshop, 6-7 p.m., CCC office, 40 Gardenville Parkway, Suite 300, West Seneca. Topic: "Credit Counts." Information, visit http://cccsbuffalo.org/ or call 712-2060.

Retirement Wellness Checkup seminar, 7-8 p.m., Pope Law Firm, 6580 Main St., Williamsville. Registration, 6:45 p.m. Information and required reservations, call Tim Stevenson, 948-7829.

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>Friday

Business groups

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.

The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. Downtown Committee meeting, noon, City Hall, 65 Niagara Square. Confirmations, call Carrie Hocieniec, 856-6525, Ext. 136, or email chocieni@ecidany.com.

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>Saturday

Business groups

Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, VETS H.E.R.D. Benefit event, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Magruders Restaurant, 4995 Broadway, Depew. Vendors, baskets, prizes and a 5 0/5 0 raffle featured. Food and drinks available for purchase. Free admission. Tickets for raffles sold at the door.

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Seminars and classes

SCORE, the SBA and the Amherst Public Library, "Starting and Managing Your Business," a prebusiness and startup planning workshop, designed for those in business or interested in learning how to start a business, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Amherst Public Library, 350 Audubon Parkway, Amherst. Cost, $30; veterans, free with proper ID. Workbook, $15. Required reservations, visit www.BuffaloNiagara.Score.Org.

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>April 23

Professional Groups

Buffalo Executives Association, Employee Appreciation Luncheon, noon, Adam's Mark Hotel, 120 Church St, Buffalo. Speaker: Ruth Sirman, CanMediate Guests Welcome. Information, contact Cheryl Samilio Meyer, 852-6916 or info@BuffaloEA.com.

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Seminars and classes

The Resource Training Center, CCAR Recovery Coach Academy, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. Recovery Coaching is a form of strengths-based support for those with an addiction to alcohol, drugs or other addictive behaviors, or those in recovery. Cost, $300, includes books and supplies. Applications, call 983-2258 or visit www.resourcetraining.org.

The Buffalo Executives Association, one-day seminar, 10:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Adams' Mark Hotel, Erie Ballroom, first floor, 120 Church St. Speaker: Ruth Sirman, CanMediate International. Registration, 9:45 a.m. Cost: $60 person. Required advance reservations, call Cheryl Samilio Meyer, 852-6916.

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>April 24

Professional groups

The Professional Nurses Association of Western New York, District 1, New York State Nurses Association, 25th Annual Nursing Research and Scholarly Activities Conference, 4:30 p.m., Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. Speaker: Julie Bargnesi, senior partner, Damon Morey. Information and registration, call Maureen Nowicki, 839-4075.

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Business groups

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

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and the Western New York Chamber Alliance, information session for the July 16-24 tour of China, 5:30 p.m., Fox Run, 1 Fox Run Lane, Orchard Park. Information or reservations, contact Erin Heisterman, 649-7917.

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

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>April 25

Business groups

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.