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Bearish bankers Lockport Savings Bank has something no other New York community savings bank has: a mascot. Ellis B. Bear made his first appearance last month at the bank’s 125th anniversary fete, welcomed by Buster Bison and Sabretooth, mascots for ...

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Mass and removable storage vital to your system

Is your office flooded with diskettes? Do you do a daily tape backup, but have no clue if you’ll ever see your files again? Have you been adding new hard disk drives to your computers but enjoying it less? If ...

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Out with the wash Rochester-area businesses are the target of a recent money-laundering scheme originating in Nigeria, according to the local Fair Business Council. The scam usually goes like this: A Nigerian needs to transfer $30 million into a U.S. ...

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Study-abroad programs pay off for students in job market

Recently a student asked me about the value of an overseas experience as part of her major. My response is the subject of this article. At SUNY College at Brockport, we have long urged our students–regardless of their major–to participate ...

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Neither rain nor snow… What’s the real scoop on why General Motors tapped Bausch & Lomb’s Ron Zarrella–who until six months ago had no experience in the auto industry–to head its marketing efforts? A GM exec, Fortune magazine reports this ...

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Higher authority Prayer meetings in Rochester were cited in a May 15 Time magazine article to prove such gatherings are not confined to the Bible Belt. According to the article, last month’s meeting of Christian Coalition activists in Rochester was ...

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Deducting loss requires
considered calculations

Remember that great stock tip you got from your Uncle Jim a few years ago? He convinced you to invest in that little start-up company that was going to make you rich. Unfortunately, once you invested, the news went from ...

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Consider forced savings
to avert retirement bust

A retirement income crisis rambles toward us. Each leg of the three-legged stool upon which retirement income has historically rested–Social Security, pension plans and personal savings–is crumbling, mostly for those under age 50 (the baby boomers, the generation Xers and ...

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A very brief Kodak moment Recent visitors to our nation’s capital were catching rides on Kodak disposable cameras, but no more. Kodak’s brief foray into the bus-decorating business crashed when the D.C. Council pulled out of a program that allowed ...

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High CEO pay built
on back of the little guy

Over the years, I’ve noticed that no matter whether the economy is up or down, or how well-trained workers are, many employers, large and small alike, insist that wages be kept low to ensure a competitive edge. The cold, hard ...

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Great leaders needed,
not great managers

Most organizations today are trying to reach new levels of competitiveness by downsizing management ranks. This means that remaining managers must be directly responsible for the results of an increasing number of subordinates. Managers typically try to resolve this problem ...

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All shook up at GM Former Bauch & Lomb exec Ron Zarrella is shaking things up at General Motors, according to a May 1 cover story in Advertising Age magazine. Zarrella–who flew the B&L coop last December to take GM’s ...

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No more Mr. Nice Guy George Fisher as RoboCop? That’s his latest look in Fortune’s May 1 ominously titled article: “Digital imaging had better boom before Kodak film busts.” A photo op shows the CEO holding Kodak’s newest digital camera, ...

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In the movies Tom Hanks he’s not, but hey–Rochester is no Planet Hollywood. So when Tony Cucci hits town this week, he can expect few groupies to distract him from his role in “Rochester Methods,” an action short produced locally ...

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One company’s overhead Bob Giese, hoisting two computers overhead, barely seems strained in his Business Week photo op. And why should he be? The hard part was seizing a spot for his company, RGdata Inc., in the magazine’s April 17 ...

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