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Managers at Work:
Benefits,challenges key to retaining workers

What can I do to reduce turnover so I don’t have more problems? And how can I identify a good second-in-command–someone who will really mesh with my style? No question that it’s difficult to find the right help these days. ...

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Non-Profit Report: Strong Museum

The Strong Museum, one of the country’s leading museums of American cultural history, was chartered in 1968 and opened to the public in 1982. Through exhibitions, programs and assorted activities meant to engage, enlighten and entertain, the Museum fulfills its ...

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Don’t leave business decision
making to chance

(First person features local business-people relating–in their own words–experiences and lessons that have shaped their professional development.) As a small-business owner, it isn’t enough to avoid making wrong decisions that can spell disaster for a business. I do not decide ...

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ESOP stock distribution
plan can ease tax burden

You have probably heard of an ESOP, but you might not know what one is. An ESOP, which stands for employee stock ownership plan, is an employee benefit plan set up for the express purpose of owning stock in the ...

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Bankers weigh borrowers’
Y2K risk

With the end of the millennium less than 18 months away, most corporations in the United States have, however belatedly, begun to focus considerable attention on the issue of Year 2000, or Y2K, preparedness. Internal task forces have been formed; ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Garth Fagan Dance

In its 27th season, Garth Fagan Dance is enjoying accolades and renown the world over. Critics have compared the troupe’s dancers favorably to the most venerable ballet dancers, and praised the ensemble for its virtuosity. The company was founded in ...

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Investment in time-off
banks pays dividends

“I’m manager of a small business and I have one employee who’s constantly calling in sick. I give what I think is a generous sick-leave package. But just because I offer 12 sick days a year does not mean that ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Native American Cultural Center Inc.

Since 1976, the Native American Cultural Center Inc. has provided recreational, cultural and educational assistance for the area’s tribally-enrolled or banded Native American population. During its years of service, the Center has striven to protect and maintain the socio-economic needs, ...

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Contractors’ ad distorts
truth about labor unions

It seems that these days the “art” of advertising has been taken to a new level. TV and print ads are either with images of babies selling anything from tires to dog food, or pets hawking burgers and fries. Next ...

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The Business Archive:
With deregulation, RG&E returning to its roots

To ratepayers who have grown up with Rochester Gas and Electric Corp., the utility’s new unregulated alter ego–Energet!x–might seem like a radical departure. In fact, RG&E’s transformation from regulated monopolist to unregulated competitor is neither the first nor the most ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Cancer Action Inc.

Cancer Action Inc. is dedicated to delivering highly responsive prevention, education, support and wellness programs to those affected by cancer, with an ultimate goal of producing a better-informed and healthier population. For 38 years Cancer Action has served the communities ...

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Avoid playing therapist
for troubled employees

“One of my employees is going through a complicated personal crisis and can’t concentrate on his work very well. I know that I should recommend the company employee assistance program, but I’ve had a good relationship with this person up ...

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Power of written word
helps drive car business

(First person features local business-people relating–in their own words–experiences and lessons that have shaped their professional development.) Good customer relationships are a prerequisite for long-term business success. We’ve always tried to attain this through good service, but after 26 years ...

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Manager’s
bookshelf

“Can Employee Referrals to EAPs Trigger Discrimination Lawsuits?” article by Greg DeLapp of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association, available from EAPA, 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 500, Arlington, Va. 22201-3062, (703)522-6272.

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‘Breakthrough’ firms focus
on their core business

Tom Jones, former president of Epsilon, the country’s largest provider of computer-based fund-raising support and currently a member of the Harvard Business School faculty, recently spoke at the Colgate Rochester Divinity School as part of the school’s Institute of Ethical ...

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