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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.


Business groups

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

•Pro-Net Professional Networking Group meeting, 8 a.m. today and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Amherst. Free to Chamber members and prospective members. Reservations, 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: Louis Grachos, director Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Don Kimes, artistic director, Visual Arts, at Chautauqua Institution. Information, visit

•The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. Downtown Committee meeting, noon, 901 City Hall. Confirmations, call Carrie Hocieniec, 856-6525, Ext. 136 or email:?

•Amherst Chamber of Commerce, networking event, Business After Hours, 5-7 p.m., Milos Restaurant, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. Information or reservations, visit or call 632-6905.

•Clarence Chamber of Commerce, After Hours Blender, 5:30-7 p.m., Falletta's Restaurant, 8255 Clarence Center Road. Program: "How Can CIDA Help Your Business," presented by the Clarence IDA. Reservations, call the Chamber, 631-3888.

•E.T.A. Forum, Executives Taking Action, Life Coach Round Table, a leadership and personal development networking group for individuals who help entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate executives and career professionals, 7 p.m., Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. For individuals who are in job/career transition and/or pursuing a new career, and want to build a successful business in the life coach and mentoring industry. Reservations, visit or call 202-8423.


Seminars and Classes?

•Buffalo World Trade Association seminar, Implementing Technology for Ease of Border Crossings, 8 a.m. Registration, 8:30-10 a.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A, Calspan Building, 4455 Genesee St., Building 6 auditorium, Cheektowaga.

Reservations, contact Kim Grant, 626-5100 Ext. 205 or email:



Business groups

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

•BNI Pinnacle Chapter, Networking Mixer, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Dee's Firehouse Bar & Grill, 5512 Transit Road, Depew.

Cash bar with complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Information, contact Grace Luterek,


Seminars and classes

•The Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, Social Media Marketing Seminar, 8 a.m., registration and continental breakfast, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Empire State College, AppleTree Business Park, 2875 Union Road, Suite 34. Cost: $30, Chamber business members; $35, nonmembers. Information, call 684-5838.

•The Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center, Survive and Thrive: Essentials for Starting Your Own Small Business workshop, 8:30 a.m.-noon, Burchfield Penney Art Museum, Conference Room, 1300 Elmwood Ave. Registration 8-8:30 a.m. Cost: $20, individuals; fee waived for Buffalo State faculty, staff, students, alumni and U.S. military veterans. Information, call Dee Jones Davis, 878-4030.



Professional groups

•The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, monthly luncheon meeting, 11:45 a.m., Crazy Jakes Restaurant, 26 Webster St., North Tonawanda. Topic: Case Studies in Safety Success. Cost, $15. Required reservations, visit


Business groups

•BNI Pinnacle, networking meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Westwood Country Club, 772 North Forest, Williamsville. Reservations, contact Joe Zgoda, 998-6021.

•BNI Signature, networking meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., K of C Banquet Facility, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Visitors welcome. Information, contact Cher Kempf, 868-6018.

•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.

•The Western New York Business Network Group for business professionals, 7:45 a.m., Comfort Inn, 1 Flint Road, Amherst. Call 553-8883.

•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, 6 p.m., Acqua restaurant, 2192 Niagara St., Buffalo. Program: President's Party. Information, call 854-3397.

•The Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, dinner meeting, 6 p.m., Four Points by Sheraton, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls. Program: Installation of 2012-2013 Officers. Presentation of the Annual Effective Leadership Award for Women in Business. Information and reservations, contact Diane Dinsmore, 308-6230 or email:



Business groups

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

•BNI Circle of Excellence, networking meeting, 6:45-9 a.m., Milo's Restaurant, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. Information, contact Daniel Young, 408-2525.


Seminars and classes

•ATHENA, Encore: A Summer Symposium and progressive luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Buffalo Niagara Marriott, 1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst. Program: Featuring keynote speaker Jennie Ho of Delta Airlines, progressive lunch tables hosted by women leaders from the Partnership's Athena and Woman to Woman Mentoring programs, and afternoon cocktails on the Marriott "agora." Also featuring headshot sessions, plus patio demonstrations including professional summer dressing and makeup, olive oil tasting, women's financial wellness, and summer martinis. Cost, $60. Registration, call 541-1770.


>June 26

Business groups

•Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Annual Report to Members, 8-10 a.m., University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, 103 Center for the Arts, Buffalo. Cost: Two free reservations to members in good standing; $30, nonmembers. Registration, call 541-1770.

•The Buffalo Urban Development Corp. Annual Meeting of the Members, noon, followed by the BUDC Annual Board Meeting, BUDC/ECIDA, 143 Genesee St., Buffalo. Confirmations, contact Carrie Hocieniec 362-8367 or email:

•The Erie County Industrial Development Agency Policy Committee meeting, 1:30 p.m., ECIDA, 143 Genesee St., Buffalo. Confirmations, call Carrie A. Hocieniec, 856-6525, Ext. 136.


>June 27

Seminars and classes

•FranNet, a national company that assists individuals interested in transitioning from corporate careers to franchise ownership, Meet the Franchisor seminar, 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., Millennium Hotel and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Attendees have the opportunity to spend time with the representatives, ask questions, find out what their expansion plans are for the Western and Central New York area, and learn why the franchisees of these national companies are thriving. Business development resources, franchise funding experts, SCORE, and SBDC will participate in the seminar. Registration, visit or email name, address, and preferred session time to