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Perseverance wins out when
disaster hits home

First Person features local businesspeople relating–in their own words– experiences and lessons that have shaped their professional development. My third career began in June 1990. After growing up in the baking business, followed by 28 years in the medical-supply field, ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Camp Good Daysand Special Times Inc.

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc. is in its 17th year of serving as “the premier service organization for children and families touched by cancer or AIDS in the United States ...

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Blue Lines:
On this route, there’s no time to smell the daisies

In the publishing business, blue lines are the proof sheets we get back before a pressrun. It’s our chance to make changes before the final printing. In Insight, Blue Lines is our chance to try some new things, and your ...

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With women at the helm, business won’t be all wet

A study done by the National Foundation for Women Business Owners found that the number of women-owned businesses grew 78 percent from 1987 to 1996. And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 8 million women-owned businesses employ 25 percent ...

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Non-Profit Report:
The Alliance for the Mentally-Ill Rochester

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION The Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Rochester marks its 15th anniversary this year. This year also marks the 15th anniversary of the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of New York State. AMI-Rochester is ...

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Landmark Fellows can be
pioneers of a new sort

It appears a rather unremarkable building. But 277 N. Goodman St. is a rare building in a rare neighborhood. Tucked neatly inside its vintage walls are 34 loft apartments whose pioneering inhabitants cleared their frontier not with wagons but with ...

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Here or abroad, prison
labor hurts free workers

Last month, President Clinton–anticipating a massive groundswell of popular opposition to continued trade with China’s dictatorial rulers–jumped the gun and asked Congress to extend Most Favored Nation status to China for another year. At the same time, he quietly backed ...

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Don’t forget about your
employees

How many of us could run our business without the assistance of our key employees? Obviously, none of us. With this being the case, why are so many succession plans developed without giving thought to how to retain our key ...

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Non-Profit Report:
The Center for Governmental Research

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION The Center for Governmental Research Inc. was founded more than 80 years ago by George Eastman, a staunch supporter of the “good-government movement” that took place in the United States at the ...

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Appetite for risk drives
mergers and acquisitions

Business owners are risk-takers. At one point or another they have put everything on the line to enjoy the potential financial rewards of business ownership. However, this appetite for risk often changes over time. Some owners are insatiable, constantly seeking ...

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Mission statements are like
ads for your goals

It has been my experience that every successful large company with which I have been associated in the past 40 years has a well-thought-out and well- articulated mission statement. Conversely, most small businesses and non-profit organizations that struggle rarely have ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Presbyterian Residence Center Corp.

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONPresbyterian ResidenceCenter Corp. Presbyterian Residence Center Corp. is a non-sectarian organization offering living accommodations and support services to enable men and women to live independently throughout their advancing years. PRCC was established in ...

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Taking on a new industry
took entrepreneur’s spirit

First Person features local businesspeople relating–in their own words– experiences and lessons that have shaped their professional development. In 1993, I made a career change after spending 26 years in the graphic-arts industry. As an officer and shareholder of Monroe ...

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For protection from fraud
watch out for red flags

Fraud. Misappropriation. Defalcation. Words that send shivers up the spine (or is it down?). Whether you are management or a board member, every non-profit faces the same potential for illegal activities. The fact that you have a charitable mission does ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Madrigalia Ltd.

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Madrigalia Ltd. began as an informal gathering of amateur musicians to sing madrigals, and has evolved into a critically acclaimed ensemble that has been cited as Western New York’s premier vocal chamber ...

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