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Avocations can rekindle
passion for your business

(First person features local business-people relating–in their own words–experiences and lessons that have shaped their professional development.) In the summer of 1994, I discovered something valuable–a great avocation–without even looking for it, one that would bring significant, positive change to ...

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Not all affiliations
must be the same

“Your candle burned out long before, your legend ever will.”–Elton John Unique and frozen in time–two concepts that are common in non-profit affiliations. Every organization believes that it has unique aspects. My family is unique. I have six aunts who ...

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Recent rulings could cause
ERISA lawsuits to rise

Recent federal court decisions involving ERISA (the Employment Retirement Income Security Act) Section 510 suggest that with every job termination or employee reclassification, the threat of an ERISA lawsuit potentially could follow. Employers will want to better understand how to ...

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Non-Profit Report: Community Partners for Youth Inc.

Community Partners for Youth Inc., or Big Brothers Big Sisters, is marking 20 years of service to children ages 6 to 16 from all races and religions, from the city and surrounding counties. Hundreds of children are served each year ...

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Tread with care when
pregnant workers involved

“I have to lay off a few workers in my department and I’m in the process of making some tough decisions. We are told to follow certain criteria for the layoff, including specific length-of-service requirements. One of the staffers who ...

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Consumer choice at issue
in local insurance industry

If the reactions of the resident physicians in training at the University of Rochester Medical Center to being assigned to a limited-physician health maintenance organization are any indication, such limited-panel plans will face considerable consumer opposition in this area. In ...

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Non-Profit Report: Center for Dispute Settlement Inc.

Now commemorating a quarter century of service, the Center for Dispute Settlement Inc. works to use and promote peaceful dispute- resolution processes throughout the community. CDS was the first dispute-resolution center in New York State and the third in the ...

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Managers can learn lessons
from lingo in retail catalogs

Business gurus and their disciples could learn a lot from retail-catalog merchandise descriptions about employee motivation. A quick look through Spirit of the West catalog that sells funky, pricey women’s clothing makes the point. On the back page I see ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Threshold Center for Alternative Youth Services Inc.

The Threshold Center for Alternative Youth Services Inc. is marking its 25th anniversary of serving youth ages 12 to 25 through its Health Center, Learning Center, and preventive and support services. At the Health Center a number of services are ...

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Is telecommuting the answer
for your situation?

“One of my best employees came to me recently and asked me if she could become a ‘telecommuter.’ Her husband has been transferred out of state and she was wondering if it would be possible for her to keep her ...

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New tax rules could cause
more confusion than ever

By now you have heard that the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 reduced the maximum tax rate on long-term capital gains from 28 percent to 20 percent. This reduction, which was trumpeted as one of the major triumphs of the ...

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Deregulation of utilities
could undermine system

The images of devastation left by the ice storm of 1998 will burn in our memory for years to come. As of this writing, utility crews still are working around-the-clock restoring power to the North Country, Canada and Maine. Mother ...

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First Person:
Taking risks essential to successful career planning

It used to be that there were certain understood rules. If you followed them, were patient and played it safe, they would result in long-term prosperity and security. But over the past 10 years, corporate life has become drastically different. ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Agape Counseling Associates Inc.

Agape Counseling Associates Inc. was formed in 1978 with a core of seven volunteer professional counselors who were committed to the philosophy of Christian counseling, which integrates Biblical truths with the healing process. From that foundation Agape has developed into ...

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Picking the right trustee
essential to estate plan

The cornerstone of a well-thought-out succession plan is an estate plan that results in your estate tax being minimized. Frequently, part of your estate plan will leave assets in trust for your spouse or your children. Assets are left in ...

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