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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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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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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:
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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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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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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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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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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