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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 and Thursday, Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Amherst. Free to Chamber members and prospective members. Reservations, Kim Whelan, 632-6905.

*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. Call 541-1770.

*Working for Downtown, Annual Meeting and Election of Officers, noon, Pan American Grill and Brewery, 391 Washington St., Buffalo. Speaker: County Executive Mark Poloncarz. Tickets, visit• 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.

*The Greater East Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Open House, 3-6 p.m., today or Thursday, GEACC office, 652 Main St. Attendees will have an opportunity to receive a free one-on-one energy bill consultation with an expert from New Wave Energy Corporation. Bring a copy of one electric and one natural gas bill for your business, home, or both for review. Walk-ins welcome. To schedule a 5-10 minute appointment in advance, contact Ryan Lilley, 901-3777 or or call the Chamber office, 652-844.

*Executive Taking Action Forum, Life Coach Roundtable, a leadership and personal development networking group, 7 p.m., Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. The E.T.A. Forum was created for individuals who are in job/career transition and/or pursuing a new career, entrepreneurial and want to build a successful business in the Life Coach and Mentoring industry. Reservations, visit or call 202-8423.



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.
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



Business groups

*BNI Pinnacle, networking meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Westwood Country Club, 772 North Forest Road, Amherst. 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, 12:15 p.m., Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo. Program: President's Day with Ronald H. Caruso and past presidents. Information, call 854-3397.

*Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Results Roadshow Series: Buffalo Waterfront, 2-5:30 p.m., Erie Canal Harbor. Program: The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation will present a brief waterfront history, current updates and all future plans, including open Q&A, followed by walking tours and a networking cocktail hour at Liberty Hound, One Naval Cove. Buffalo.



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.

*The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, luncheon with Mark Grisanti, New York State Senator, 11:30 a.m., Woodlawn Beach State Park Pavilion, S-3580 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell. Program: A question an answer session will follow Sen. Grisanti's presentation. Cost: $20, Chamber members and member guests; $25, nonmembers. Information and required advance registration, visit or call 649-7917.