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Score at the SkyDome: Microsoft, 1, the rest, 0

The heat outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and SkyDome was a pale imitation of the anticipation inside. Spirits were as high as the CN Tower (if not as well supported). Comdex/Canada 1995 was Microsoft’s show, the stage belonged to ...

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His share of the spotlight His photo ran in Sunday’s New York Times, but this time Charles LaLoggia might have wished for a lower profile. The local investment advisor shared the hot seat in an article called “Compromising Positions? Investment ...

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Failure to balance federal budget carries big risk

Surveys have shown that most people think that they could live very well if they just made 20 percent more than their current salary. It does not really make any difference whether that current salary is $20,000 or $100,000, 20 ...

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Pushing decision making down speeds up change

While walking through a client’s plant with the plant manager, we were stopped by a maintenance supervisor. He had been asked to repair an overhead door that had been hit by a piece of equipment. He had determined that the ...

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Nods of agreement? Heads were nodding at ACC’s annual meeting this Tuesday, where lights were turned low and Chairman and CEO Rick Aab vied with Bill Clinton for long-windedness. Overheard at the meeting (following Aab’s response to a shareholder question): ...

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When a bank loan is not an option, try factoring

Good news for entrepreneurs and business owners in Rochester! Not only is there a new source of financing now available, but also a new type of financing. Many entrepreneurs and owners of young businesses have gone the traditional route of ...

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What a hoot Where did Henrietta Area Council members gather Tuesday to raise cash for their community endowment fund? Hooters Restaurant, of course. Enough said. Midsummer day’s brief U.S. District Court Judge David Larimer started it by quoting Shakespeare’s King ...

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Phone fame Who’s the latest Hall-of-Famer from Rochester? If you guessed Al Hasselwander, you’re more likely sitting in Frontier headquarters than Frontier Field. Hasselwander, former Rochester Tel CEO, was inducted into the New York State Telephone Association’s Hall of Fame ...

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Dear Mr. Computerhead: Please untangle the Web

Dear Mighty Byte: All my friends say that I should visit their Web site. How do I do that? Can I get a Web site, too? Signed, the Aether Bunny Dear Aether: For my intrepid readers who think a Web ...

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Risk of disclosure clouds environmental audits

Assume your company determines that on its TQM path to continuous improvement it will perform a critical self-evaluation of its environmental compliance practices and procedures. To do so, your company conducts–or uses a consultant to conduct–an audit of compliance with ...

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In the driver’s seat Do we really need another Ron Zarrella story? Business Week apparently thinks so, and in a July 3 article explores how General Motors “learns to love an outsider.” That outsider–former B&L president Zarrella–has impressed auto industry ...

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Exporting-aid agencies
hurt by new legislation

As many of the readers of the Rochester Business Journal know, Congress is considering several pieces of legislation that this writer believes could have a detrimental impact on current levels of funding for foreign-assistance programs of the U.S. government. Both ...

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Workers should not face
violence, other job risks

The Oklahoma City bombing came just nine days before Workers Memorial Day, an annual observance in honor of the thousands of American workers who die on the job each year. In Rochester, we marked the occasion by placing flowers at ...

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Kodak rolls again Kodak is back in the bus business. Earlier this year, the D.C. city council axed a program that allowed companies to transform buses into mobile billboards. At the time, two Kodak disposable camera look-alikes toured the Mall ...

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Court decision entangles redemption transactions

A recent tax court decision raises interesting questions regarding the tax treatment of costs incurred in leveraged buyouts and other redemption transactions. The case is interesting in part simply as an illustration of the size, cost and complexity of the ...

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