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Make the deal, work the deal, pick the right software

What are some keys to business success? Make the best deal you can, plan the project well, and keep it on or below budget. Easy to say, but it’s easy to get lost in the details anywhere along the line. ...

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For true tax reform, up the deficit, slash the jobs

Congress is talking again about a potential change in the tax code. Excuse me if I am skeptical about this process, but the ultimate result of every new tax act that I have seen instituted in the last 25 years ...

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The Loop

Since the Rochester Business Journal profiled Neil Burnside in the August 18 issue, two pieces of hate mail have landed on the labor leader’s desk. Animal rights activists–or “bunny huggers,” in Burnsidespeak–apparently were angered by comments like, “My idea of ...

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The Loop

Even the Wall Street Journal is confused. In an Aug. 21 article on AT&T’s plans to offer local telephone service, the WSJ referred to Rochester’s local telephone company as Frontier Communications Corp., which the story says sells wholesale service to ...

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Non-Profit Report: Rochester Arts & Lectures Inc.

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Rochester Arts & Lectures is a cultural organization dedicated to providing a continuous forum for the exchange of ideas through quality programming in the literary arts. Founded six years ago by Susan ...

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The Loop

As annual meetings go, Transmation’s Tuesday affair at the Hyatt was a virtual joke-fest. The tone was set by John Murphy, chairman of the board at the process-control manufacturer, who quipped his way through the formal proceedings. Murphy was nearly ...

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Non-Profit Report: Eastman Dental Center

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION The Eastman Dental Center was founded in 1915 as the Rochester Dental Dispensary by community stalwarts George Eastman and William Bausch, as well as other community leaders. The dispensary was dedicated to ...

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Preparing for vacation more work than staying

As employees of small businesses across the nation prepare to go on vacation, they share some common anxieties. First of all, they cannot pass their responsibilities on to someone else because there is no someone else. Besides, even if the ...

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Think twice about lawyer-client contact via e-mail

The increasing reliance on electronic mail for communications within and between organizations raises new issues and new variations on old issues. Some of the very attributes that make e-mail attractive–such as ease of use, ability for widespread dissemination of information, ...

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End the inequity: Let workers share in the wealth

“The sight of bulging corporate coffers co-existing with a continuous stagnation in Americans’ living standards could become politically untenable.” Thus is Business Week’s unsurprising conclusion in its cover story last month on stagnating American wages. Business Week, finally waking up ...

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News hook is key element in garnering publicity

Publicity is the fundamental instrument for shaping public opinion. Its primary purpose is to get out to the public a positive message about your company or organization. The same thing, of course, could be said about advertising. However, there are ...

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The Loop

Charlotte, Atlanta….Berlin? Second-tier players in the long-distance game–including Rochester’s own Frontier–might profit from pending U.S. telecom reform, says an Aug. 14 Business Week article. That’s especially true should they serve as fodder for hungry heavyweights like the seven Baby Bells ...

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“Just cause” helps deter employee-discharge suits

Most collective-bargaining agreements between employers and unions state that employees may be discharged only for “just cause.” When a union employee is discharged, an arbitrator often is brought in to ask the employer a series of questions to determine just ...

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Score at the SkyDome: Microsoft, 1, the rest, 0

The heat outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and SkyDome was a pale imitation of the anticipation inside. Spirits were as high as the CN Tower (if not as well supported). Comdex/Canada 1995 was Microsoft’s show, the stage belonged to ...

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The Loop

They had his number Businessman, millionaire, upstart pol….talk-show host? Yes, Tom Golisano hit the airwaves this week, keeping the mike warm for vacationing WHAM yakker Alan Harris in the 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. slot. The Paychex president stayed away ...

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