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Business groups

• Prose of Speech Toastmasters Club, Open House, 6:15 p.m., Room 212, Medaille College, Amherst Campus, 30 Wilson Ave., Williamsville. Information 903-1597.

Seminars and classes

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, At-Home Business “U” program, 6-7:30 p.m., Amherst Chamber of Commerce at 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Williamsville. Topic: How to Successfully Start a Business, presented by Pauline Soeffing, adjunct professor at Daemen College and NYS certified business adviser at the Niagara County Small Business Development Center. Cost $10. Information or reservations, 632-6905 or


Business groups

• BNI Executive Marketing Team, breakfast meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Milos Restaurant, 5877 Main St. Williamsville. Information 818-2526.

• 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 276-1127.

Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce NetWorks!, 5:30-7:30 p.m., TGIFriday’s, 1746 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Reservations 684-5838.

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. Reservations 202-8423.

Seminars and classes

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, series of training sessions for the cultural sector, 6 p.m., MusicalFare Theatre, 4380 Main St., Suite 123, Amherst. Topic: Cash flow. Registration


Professional groups

The Western New York Chapter of the Financial Planning Association, monthly lunch meeting, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Sonoma Grille, 5010 Main St., Snyder. Topic: “Non-Traditional Estate Planning.” Cost: Free, chapter members; $25, nonmembers. Required reservations, 688-3096 or

• Labor and Employment Relations Association of WNY, executive board meeting, 4:30 p.m., dinner meeting, 5 p.m., HealthNow NY, 257 West Genesee St. Cost: $25, advance; $28, at the door. Registration, or Sandy Luedke, 849-5466.

Business groups

• The Advantage Business Networking Group of Niagara County, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Wheatfield Community Center, 2790 Church Road, North Tonawanda. Call 433-2402.

Nickel City Networkers Meeting, 7:30 a.m., Holiday Showcase Restaurant, Union Road, Depew. Information

Buffalo Business Networking Event, 7:30-9 a.m., North Forest Office Space, Stonegate Office Park, 8203 Main St., Suite #1, Williamsville. Registration:

• The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, morning business exchange networking group meeting, 8 a.m., Dutch Mill Family Restaurant, 5259 Broadway, Lancaster. Call 681-9755.

• Pro-Net Professional Networking Group meeting, 8:30 a.m., Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Amherst. Reservations 632-6905.

• The Parachute Group, a networking group for individuals in career/job transition, 10 a.m., Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst. Call 276-1777.

• Women’s Business Center at Canisius, Women In Networking (WIN) Amherst meeting, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Canisius Amherst Conference Center, 300 Corporate Pkwy., Amherst. Reservations

Amherst Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business Leaders group, speed networking event, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Mid-Day Club, Liberty Building, 21st Floor, 424 Main St. Cost: $5, members; $15, nonmembers, includes appetizers and two drinks. Information or registration, or 632-6905.

Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, dinner meeting, 6 p.m., River Oaks Clubhouse, 201 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island. Information and dinner reservations, 773 9184, 308 6230, or

Seminars and classes

Buffalo Niagara Sales And Marketing Executives Luncheon Seminar, noon-1:15 p.m., Millennium Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Registration and buffet lunch, 11:30 a.m. Topic: Ignite Your Imagination. Cost: $25, nonmembers; $15, members and students. Registration, 662-2279 or


Business groups

• BNI Platinum, networking meeting, 6:45 a.m., Milos Restaurant, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. Information 864-0478.

• BNI Pinnacle, networking meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Transit Valley Country Club, 8920 Transit Road, East Amherst. Reservations 585-704-4383.

• BNI Signature, networking meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., K of C Banquet Facility, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga. Information 886-1257, Ext. 201.

• The WNY Business Alliance, business-to-business networking meeting, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Millennium Hotel and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Call 310-3235.

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

The Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, luncheon, 11:30 a.m., Ilio DiPaolo’s, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell. Program: Special presentation by Jack Quinn, president of Erie Community College and a brief presentation from Frontier School superintendent, James Bodziak and Hamburg School superintendent, Steven Achramovitch. Cost: $25, Chamber members & guests; $30, nonmembers. Information and required advance registration, or 649-7917.

Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, membership luncheon, noon, Buffalo Hilton Garden Inn, 4201 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Cost: $20, Chamber members; $25, nonmembers. Reservations, 684-5838.

• Rotary Club of Buffalo, 12:15 p.m., Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo. Program: The Gow School, presented by M. Bradley Rogers Jr. 854-3397.

The Northeast Kidney Foundation, 2013 Gift of Life Celebration Recognition Dinner, 5 p.m., Brookfield Country Club, 5120 Shimerville Road, Clarence. Tickets $75. Information or reservations, 512-7918 or email

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

Seminars and classes

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York and Fractured Atlas, series of training sessions for the cultural sector, 6 p.m., University at Buffalo Center for the Arts Screening Room, North Campus, Amherst. Topic: Fiscal Sponsorships and Crowdfunding–$ for Creative Projects Training. Registration


Professional groups

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers, monthly luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m., Danforth Training Room, 200 Colvin Woods Parkway, Tonawanda. Cost $15. Topic: “Case Studies in Safety Success” by local safety professionals. Required reservations,

• Buffalo Section IEEE, dinner meeting, 6 p.m., Holiday Inn / Amherst, 1881 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Cost: $20, member; $10, life and student members; $24, nonmembers. Reservations 689-6689.

Business groups

• BNI Enterprise, networking meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Fairdale Banquet Center, 672 Wehrle Drive, Amherst. Information, 316-2302.

• BNI Circle of Excellence, networking meeting, 6:45-9 a.m., Milo’s Restaurant, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. Call 408-2525.

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, State Legislative Breakfast, 8-10 a.m., Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, 433 East Terrace Ave., Lakewood. Information and reservations, 484-1101.

New York Encore Entrepreneur Day Batavia and Geneseo,9-11 a.m., Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia or 1:30-3:30 p.m., Geneseo State College, Milne Library-Room 213, Geneseo. Information 551-4301.


Seminars and classes

Neighborhood Housing Services of South Buffalo, Spring Workshop, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 1937 South Park. Program: Demonstration by Home Depot experts on window boxes for gardening and guest speaker Alyssa Bergsten from Housing Opportunities Made Equal. Workshop and materials provided free. Required pre-registration, 823-3630, Ext. 109.


Seminars and classes

Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce, Celebrate Spring...Celebrate You, an event for women, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Millennium Hotel and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Tickets: $25, advance; $30, at the door. Call 684-5838 for tickets.

April 22

Business groups

Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives, dinner meeting, 5:15 p.m., Millennium Hotel and Resort, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. Topic: Effective Marketing in Dysfunctional Times. Cost: $40, nonmembers; free, members. Registration, 662-2279 or