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With culture adaptation, breakdowns can enrich

It always amazes me how easily we human beings turn what hasn’t happened into a problem. We create a vision or goal for ourselves and then, very quickly, become upset when it doesn’t go as planned. In organizations, this human ...

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The Loop

And then there were five. Looking thin and a bit bleary-eyed, Gordon Rogers this week stepped down as president of the Software Executives Group, an organization of this region’s software industry. Rogers, who also is founder and president of Meliora ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Garth Fagan Dance Inc.

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, Garth Fagan Dance is world-renown for its dancers’ individuality, unmannered approach and virtuosity. Garth Fagan Dance was founded in Rochester in 1970 by Garth Fagan. Its mission ...

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Weigh tax issues in crafting shareholders pact

If you are a shareholder of a closely held corporation, you and your fellow shareholders either already have, or should have, a shareholders agreement–a critical issue for anyone in these circumstances. Shareholders agreements serve two main purposes. First, they restrict ...

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Good ads should make
the advertiser nervous

In his book “That’s our New Ad Campaign … ?” Dick Wasserman reports that top creative people, when asked to judge advertising–in terms of its ability to attract attention or persuade prospects to buy, try or feel more favorably disposed ...

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Government, business leaders
out of touch with people

A copy of Price Waterhouse LLP’s Annual Business Attitude Survey dropped out of my Business Journal the other day. Like a good businessman, I’m always trying to cut costs, so I’ll save the postage and provide my responses here. How ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Prevention Partners Inc.

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Prevention Partners Inc. is the consolidation of three non-profit organizations: Youth to Youth Rochester Area Inc., Western New York Communities Against Drug Abuse Inc. and Greater Rochester Fights Back. This merger was ...

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PC Card technology expands computer capabilities

There may be a trap door to your computer. It is not there to let the cat in (even if you are having problems with your mouse!). The door is for PC Cards, credit-card-size devices that add features to your ...

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The Loop

It might be a case of being too well-named. Gotcha, a “marital surveillance” firm, is listed in the Yellow Pages among other private investigators. With such a catchy name, the company seemed worth a call. On Loop Central’s first attempt, ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION The Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District was established by way of a state and county resolution more than 40 years ago, as the need for conservation became apparent after the ...

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The Loop

Don’t feel too bad if you weren’t invited to Skip Hansford’s Ryder Cup fete last Saturday. Many of those who made the A-list–a mix of business and political muckety-mucks and sport celebs–fumed in a muddy hay field for well over ...

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Personal relationships key to success in Russia

I recently attended a seminar in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Industrial College of Armed Forces, the Department of Defense and the Department of Commerce. The subject was “Building Industrial Partnerships in the former Soviet Union,” and the session was ...

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Past experiences drive today’s marketing moves

One good reason to study marketing case histories is that proven strategies of the past often can be applied with success to current marketing challenges and opportunities. One recent example is an auto industry flashback we, with tongues in cheek, ...

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The Loop

All weather is local Global warming doesn’t bother Larry Day, president and CEO of Monro Muffler & Brake Inc. Day was told this week that a panel of scientists have confirmed the earth’s warming trend. “I can live with that,” ...

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Non-Profit Report:
The Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center Inc.

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION The Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center Inc. “exists to promote the treatment and cure of hemophilia, related bleeding disorders and hemochromatosis, and to improve the quality of life of all those affected ...

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