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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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Oh, the many tales these
old walls could tell…

Once upon a time, a unique and beautiful building became the center of an entire city and a mecca for citizens and visitors from far and wide. That building is the Reynolds Arcade, once Rochester’s very first “shopping mall” and ...

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Monks’ careful task
illuminates our own work

Three Tibetan monks from the Dalai Lama’s personal monastery in India are here at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester to re-create an ancient art form known as the Kalachakra mandala, or circle of peace. This sand ...

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Use care in questioning
staff about disabilities

Dealing with employee disabilities requires careful attention. Many disabling conditions are not obvious to the casual observer. Unlike race, gender and similar protected categories, an employee often must self-identify to gain protection under laws prohibiting discrimination against the disabled. Absent ...

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Law firm’s records tell
tales of early connections

Thomas Hargrave was “the man who told Mr. Eastman, “No.”’ That’s Eastman as in George, and Hargrave as in Nixon, Hargrave, Devans & Doyle LLP. And this little bit of lore might have been lost had the law firm not ...

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Protocols help screen out
medical fraud and abuse

Larger businesses are familiar with the concept of the corporate compliance program, a structured mechanism for ensuring that the business complies with various legal obligations, ranging from securities-law disclosures to personnel practices. Now this is becoming a staple for health ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Webster Family Resource Center Inc.

NON-PROFIT REPORT A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Webster Avenue FamilyResource Center Inc.The Webster Avenue Family Resource Center is a neighborhood-based agency serving primarily women-headed, low-income families in the Beechwood area of northeast Rochester. Its focus is on ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Adoption Resource Network Inc.

Adoption Resource Network Inc. is an all-volunteer information, referral and educational organization providing services for adoptees, adoptive parents, birth parents, professionals and those interested in adoption. The organization operates from the realization that adoption does not end with the legal ...

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Is the Internet intended
to be a duty-free zone

Proposed legislation now before Congress is calling for an end to the state and local taxes currently being collected on electronic transactions. Twenty states and the District of Columbia currently impose one or more taxes on electronic commerce. These jurisdictions ...

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Worker ownership is the
answer to wage crisis

In March, at the Worker Ownership Institute Conference, attorney Deborah Groban Olson and other conference participants addressed the question of “Using Worker Ownership to Deal with Globalization.” Much of what follows is drawn from Olson’s conference paper, which proposes that ...

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To ease sibling rivalry
be fair but also realistic

My last two columns focused on transferring your business to children by using lifetime gifts: grantor-retained annuity trusts (GRATs) and family limited partnerships (FLPs). If you missed these columns, these are basically techniques to transfer your business to your children ...

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Non-Profit Report:
St. Joseph’s Villa of Rochester

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION St. Joseph’s Villa strives to help youth and families by offering the highest-quality mental-health and supportive services, with relationships based on caring, respect and hope being the base of its efforts. Founded ...

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First Person: Shy away from risk
you may never find your niche

During a very nice dinner with this gentleman at the new Rochester Hyatt downtown, my wife, who accompanied me and also knew of my desire for equity, blurted out, “So, how much do you want for the Rochester territory?” I ...

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