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BUSINESS CALENDAR March 3

"How to Develop and Administer a Budget," a seminar by Fred Pryor Seminars, will be offered at the Comfort Inn and Conference Center in Rochester from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fee is $179. For information or to register, call (800) 556-2998 or visit www.pryor.com

March 4

"Commercial Insurance" -- This class will outline the importance of an insurance program tailored to your business. Commercial property and liability insurance will be explained along with worker's compensation and employee benefits. Northrop Room 308, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fee: $11. For information or to register, call 287-1476, 285-8987 or 285-8646.

Dr. Edwina S. Baskin-Bey, a Mayo Clinic surgical resident, will explain "The Empower Program" at a breakfast meeting of the Greater Rochester Express Network, scheduled from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. in the Radisson Plaza Hotel, downtown Rochester. The program focuses on preventing violence involving youths. The cost of $15 per person includes breakfast. More information and reservations are available from Barb Wright-Quarton at 1-888-259-5944 or Leslie Hall at hall.leslie@mayo.edu.

March 6

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"Achieving Excellence in Customer Service," a Business Solutions Seminar, will be presented from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce boardroom. Fee is $50 for chamber members, $70 for others. For more information or to register, call the chamber at 288-1122 or e-mail chamber@rochestermnchamber.com

"Tax Advantages for Your Home-based Business" -- If you operate or are thinking about operating a business out of your home, it is important to understand all of the deductions you are entitled to. The class will show you how to audit-proof your records and use those deductions to your best advantage. Northrop Room 319. Fee: $10. For information or to register, call 287-1476, 285-8987 or 285-8646.

March 8

"Eggs &; Issues" is a periodic breakfast meeting with area legislators about the lawmaking session. It is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Radisson Plaza Hotel, downtown Rochester. Speaker of the House Steve Sviggum of Kenyon is scheduled to attend. The cost is $30 per person for the general public or $15 for members of the sponsoring Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. Reservations are required by phoning the chamber at 288-1122 or by e-mail to chamber@rochestermnchamber.com.

March 11

"Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights" -- Bill Ryan, an attorney with the firm of Dunlap &; Seeger who specializes in intellectual property, will give an overview of patents, trademarks and copyrights. He will then explain the process of obtaining each of these items. Northrop Room 308, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fee: $11. For information or to register, call 287-1476, 285-8987 or 285-8646.

Edina Realty Inc. will sponsor an Austin Chamber After Hours session at its new location in the Sterling Shopping Center, 1407 First Ave. S.W., Austin, from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

What's next for U.S. military forces and America's progress toward homeland security will be discussed by Gen. Barry McCaffrey, USA-Ret., in a one-hour video conference at 10:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Edward Jones office at Barlow Plaza. For additional information, call 285-4423.

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March 19

"Marketing Your Business in an Unusual Market, in Unusual Times" -- The world is changing. Consumers are changing. The way we do business is changing. Added to these challenges is the fact that marketing in Rochester and the surrounding area presents unique challenges and opportunities. Learn some of the tricks of the marketing/advertising trade. Plus, learn how and when it is appropriate to approach the media for "free" publicity. Northrop Room 319, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fee: $11. For information or to register, call 287-1476, 285-8987 or 285-8646.

March 29

Planning for Profit, a series of discussion sessions for businesspeople and would-be businesspeople, will run from 8:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. at Riverland Community College in Austin. Sponsors are the college and the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce. Morning topics include starting a business, employment policies and litigation issues, health insurance strategies and developing effective business plans. The afternoon is devoted to a series of mini-sessions and roundtable discussions. Cost is $40 for chamber members, $50 for others. For information or to register, call (507) 437-4561 or (888) 319-5655.

Business Calendar runs every Monday in the Post-Bulletin. Send items to Business Editor Jeff Kiger, Post-Bulletin, P.O. Box 6118, Rochester, MN 55903, or send e-mail to news@postbulletin.com. If you have questions or comments, call Kiger at 285-7798.

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