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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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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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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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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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“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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Failure to balance federal budget carries big risk

Surveys have shown that most people think that they could live very well if they just made 20 percent more than their current salary. It does not really make any difference whether that current salary is $20,000 or $100,000, 20 ...

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His share of the spotlight His photo ran in Sunday’s New York Times, but this time Charles LaLoggia might have wished for a lower profile. The local investment advisor shared the hot seat in an article called “Compromising Positions? Investment ...

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Pushing decision making down speeds up change

While walking through a client’s plant with the plant manager, we were stopped by a maintenance supervisor. He had been asked to repair an overhead door that had been hit by a piece of equipment. He had determined that the ...

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Nods of agreement? Heads were nodding at ACC’s annual meeting this Tuesday, where lights were turned low and Chairman and CEO Rick Aab vied with Bill Clinton for long-windedness. Overheard at the meeting (following Aab’s response to a shareholder question): ...

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When a bank loan is not an option, try factoring

Good news for entrepreneurs and business owners in Rochester! Not only is there a new source of financing now available, but also a new type of financing. Many entrepreneurs and owners of young businesses have gone the traditional route of ...

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What a hoot Where did Henrietta Area Council members gather Tuesday to raise cash for their community endowment fund? Hooters Restaurant, of course. Enough said. Midsummer day’s brief U.S. District Court Judge David Larimer started it by quoting Shakespeare’s King ...

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Phone fame Who’s the latest Hall-of-Famer from Rochester? If you guessed Al Hasselwander, you’re more likely sitting in Frontier headquarters than Frontier Field. Hasselwander, former Rochester Tel CEO, was inducted into the New York State Telephone Association’s Hall of Fame ...

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Dear Mr. Computerhead: Please untangle the Web

Dear Mighty Byte: All my friends say that I should visit their Web site. How do I do that? Can I get a Web site, too? Signed, the Aether Bunny Dear Aether: For my intrepid readers who think a Web ...

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In the driver’s seat Do we really need another Ron Zarrella story? Business Week apparently thinks so, and in a July 3 article explores how General Motors “learns to love an outsider.” That outsider–former B&L president Zarrella–has impressed auto industry ...

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