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For Perez, this is Kodak’s moment

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When Antonio Perez arrived at Eastman Kodak Co. in April 2003 as president and chief operating officer, he found an iconic company struggling to develop a new business model for the digital era. The former Hewlett-Packard Co. executive assumed oversight of day-to-day operations of most Kodak businesses and units, and also began to map a strategy to transform the photo giant.

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Opportunity abounds in any economy

For those who earned a college degree this spring, I have some good news: At least you were not part of the Class of 2009.

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We compile all the data; you make the judgments

Five years ago, the Rochester Business Journal produced its first schools report card. It was a big undertaking: Editors pored through mountains of data to compile the information. Deciding what data to present was a thorny process: Which test scores ...

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The RBJ Archive–it’s all there for free

Since 2001, every article published in the weekly print edition and our Daily Report e-mail has been uploaded to the online Archive.  And the RBJ Archive now is completely free.

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A decisive year

New York stands at a precipice. As bad as the state’s finances have been in recent years, they soon could become much worse. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has warned that the state faces a 2009-10 deficit of at least $4 billion ...

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Digging up old predictions is hazardous work

Looking back violates one of the cardinal rules of the prediction business. But how do things written 10 and 20 years ago look now in the light of what truly came to be?

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The RBJ quiz is back, and it’s easier (sort of)

With all traditions, sometimes it’s good to take a break. That’s what I did a year ago with the annual Rochester Business Journal quiz on the year’s local business news. But now it’s back. For the 15th year, I’m going ...

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You need RBJ in print and online

RBJdaily.com has been completely redeveloped. While we preserved many popular features of the old site, we started from scratch with the look and functionality of the new one.

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Seeing opportunities in a difficult economy

Philip Pecora has his finger on the pulse of Rochester’s small-business community. As Genesee Regional Bank president and CEO and current president of the Small Business Council, he works directly with a broad range of small companies throughout the area. ...

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Would you know a great city if you saw one?

What makes a great city? The more I think about that question, the harder it seems to come up with an answer. I suspect I’m not the only one who would find this difficult; in the end, many people would ...

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Digging for the roots of the Great Recession

The greatest economic crisis the world has seen in nearly three-quarters of a century did not begin with the collapse of Lehman Brothers a year ago. But the bankruptcy of that storied Wall Street firm on Sept. 15, 2008, signaled ...

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RBJ 75: Why Rochester’s Top 50 became the RBJ 75

After publishing the 20th edition of Rochester’s Top 50 a year ago, we took a step back to think about how this special publication began, how it evolved over the years and what direction it might take in the future. ...

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