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>Monday

Seminars and classes

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, open enrollment information seminar, 4-6 p.m., , Amherst Chamber of Commerce offices, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Williamsville. Open to anyone who currently subscribes to a health insurance plan through the Chamber or any businesses that are interested in learning more about subscribing through the Chamber. Open enrollment represents the only time, aside from a qualifying event, that subscribers can change benefit packages. Registration, 632-6905 or www.amherst.org. Information, 250-4206 or csolecki@amherst.org

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>Tuesday

Business groups

BNI Executive Marketing Team, breakfast meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport, 4600 Genesee St., Cheektowaga. Information, 818-2526.

Rotary Club of Buffalo Sunrise, breakfast meeting, 7:30-8:30 a.m., Saturn Club, Founders Room, 977 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Cost, $15. Information, 667-6613.

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.

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

Buffalo Urban Development Corp., annual meeting, noon, BUDC/ECIDA, 143 Genesee St., Buffalo. Call 856-6525, Ext. 136 or chocieni@ecidany.com.

Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature and Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, lecture discussion series, "Imagine Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Local History Matters!" 12:10-1 p.m., Ring of Knowledge, main floor near Fables Cafe,Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square. Information, www.buffaloah.com.

The Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, meeting and tour, 6 p.m., U.S. Border Patrol and Homeland Security, 201 Lang Blvd., Grand Island, Information, 773-9184, 308-6230 or dinsdggr@aol.com.

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.

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

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Seminars and classes

SCORE, the SBA and Buffalo and the North Tonawanda 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, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., North Tonawanda Public Library, 505 Meadow Drive, North Tonawanda. Cost, $30; veterans, free with proper ID. Workbook, $15. Required reservations, visit www.BuffaloNiagara.Score.Org.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, Backyard Poultry Discussion, 7 p.m., 401 North Main St., Warsaw. Topic: "Pests and Parasites: Whats Bugging Your Flock." Presentation, handouts, samples of conventional treatments and organic treatments available. Cost, $5 per family. Registration, Debra Welch, 585-786-2251 or djw275@cornell.edu.

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>Wednesday

Business groups

BNI Advantage, networking meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Sean Patrick's Restaurant and Banquet Facility, 3480 Millersport Highway, Getzville. Call 433-2402.

The Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce, morning business wexchange networking group meeting, 8 a.m., Mimis Central Perk Cafe, 24 Central Ave., Lancaster. Call 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.

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>Thursday

Professional groups

The Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, Annual Meeting, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Templeton Landing, 2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo. Program: "How to Develop the Mindset of a Strategist: Getting to the Table Earlier and With More Personal Power." Registration, www.prsabuffaloniagara.org or 508-0277. Cost: $45, PRSA members; $60, nonmembers; and $35, PRSSA student members.

Project Management Institute, 7:15 a.m.-8:45 a.m., Bob Evans, 1925 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst. Topic: Exploration of PDD Topics Six Sigma practical application and experience with this methodology. Information: 691-0778.

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Business groups

BNI Platinum, networking meeting, 6:45 a.m., Milos Restaurant, 5877 Main St., Williamsville. Information, 648-3230.

BNI Pinnacle, networking meeting, 6:45-8:30 a.m., Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road, Amherst. Reservations, 998-6021.

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 Emerging Business Leaders young professionals group, Food For Thought breakfast program, 8-9:30 a.m., Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Williamsville. Guest: Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation CEO Jody Lomeo. Cost, $10. Information or reservation, Allison Whalen, 632-6905 or awhalen@amherst.org.

Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Cloud Computing and Virtualization, Server & Desktop, 8-11 a.m.,

Pearl @ the Lafayette, Hotel Lafayette, 391 Washington St., 2nd Floor. Free, includes an on-site tour Registration: www.thepartnership.org/events or 541-1770.

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.
Seminars and classes

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, open enrollment information seminar, 4-6 p.m., , Amherst Chamber of Commerce offices, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Williamsville. Open to anyone who currently subscribes to a health insurance plan through the Chamber or any businesses that are interested in learning more about subscribing through the Chamber. Open enrollment represents the only time, aside from a qualifying event, that subscribers can change benefit packages. Registration, 632-6905 or www.amherst.org. Information, 250-4206 or csolecki@amherst.org

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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, 316-2302.

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

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>Dec. 3

Business groups

Clarence Chamber of Commerce, Business Round Table, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Clarence Town Library, Three Town Place, Clarence. Program: Taxes and Compliance Matters for Not-For-Profit organizations. Reservations, 631-3888.

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Seminars and classes

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, open enrollment information seminar, 4:30-6 p.m., , Amherst Chamber of Commerce offices, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Williamsville. Open to anyone who currently subscribes to a health insurance plan through the Chamber or any businesses that are interested in learning more about subscribing through the Chamber. Open enrollment represents the only time, aside from a qualifying event, that subscribers can change benefit packages. Registration, 632-6905 or www.amherst.org. Information, 250-4206 or csolecki@amherst.org

The Amherst Chamber of Commerce, At-Home Business "U" program, "Customer Service and Client Relationship Management," 6-7:30 p.m., Amherst Chamber of Commerce, 350 Essjay Road, Suite 200, Williamsville. The course is part of a certification program for home-based business practitioners and small business professionals. At-home business owners, small business owners, sales professionals and anyone who is interested in improving their customer service skills are encouraged to attend. The cost of the six-course certification program is $129 and includes a ticket to the Small Business Awards Luncheon in May 2013. Information or reservation, 632-6905 or www.amherst.org.

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>Dec. 4

Professional groups

Upstate Venture Association of NY and Upstate NY Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association Holiday Networking Event Holiday Networking Event, 5-8:30 p.m., Embassy Suites Buffalo, 200 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Registration information, Margie Ticknor, 518-320-2746.

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Business groups

The Buffalo Niagara Travel Professionals, 2012 Holiday Affair, 5:15 p.m. Statler City, Georgian Room, 107 Delaware Ave., Buffalo. Cost: $35, members; $40, guests/late fee. Reservations, Make check payable to "BNTP" to Justin Zarnoch, Hampton Inn East Aurora, 49 Olean Street, East Aurora, N.Y. 14052. Late reservations, e-mail jzarnoch@visions-hotels.com.