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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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Risk of disclosure clouds environmental audits

Assume your company determines that on its TQM path to continuous improvement it will perform a critical self-evaluation of its environmental compliance practices and procedures. To do so, your company conducts–or uses a consultant to conduct–an audit of compliance with ...

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Kodak rolls again Kodak is back in the bus business. Earlier this year, the D.C. city council axed a program that allowed companies to transform buses into mobile billboards. At the time, two Kodak disposable camera look-alikes toured the Mall ...

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Exporting-aid agencies
hurt by new legislation

As many of the readers of the Rochester Business Journal know, Congress is considering several pieces of legislation that this writer believes could have a detrimental impact on current levels of funding for foreign-assistance programs of the U.S. government. Both ...

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Workers should not face
violence, other job risks

The Oklahoma City bombing came just nine days before Workers Memorial Day, an annual observance in honor of the thousands of American workers who die on the job each year. In Rochester, we marked the occasion by placing flowers at ...

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Pedaling as fast as he can At least he smiled. George Fisher, a.k.a. Mr. Nice Guy, nailed a manager to the wall during a recent tour of Kodak’s single-use camera plant, according to an article in the June 9 Wall ...

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Court decision entangles redemption transactions

A recent tax court decision raises interesting questions regarding the tax treatment of costs incurred in leveraged buyouts and other redemption transactions. The case is interesting in part simply as an illustration of the size, cost and complexity of the ...

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Marketing plans crucial
for non-profit agencies

Marketing and marketing plans long have been associated with companies that are in business to make a profit. It’s hard to find a for-profit company that doesn’t have some kind of written marketing plan. Conversely, it has been my experience ...

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Coaching a “must skill”
for corporate leaders

Today you hear a lot about coaching as a leadership tool. It certainly makes sense. If it can be used in sports and the theater to enhance performance, why not use it in business? Unfortunately, coaching has the same limitations ...

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Bearish bankers Lockport Savings Bank has something no other New York community savings bank has: a mascot. Ellis B. Bear made his first appearance last month at the bank’s 125th anniversary fete, welcomed by Buster Bison and Sabretooth, mascots for ...

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Mass and removable storage vital to your system

Is your office flooded with diskettes? Do you do a daily tape backup, but have no clue if you’ll ever see your files again? Have you been adding new hard disk drives to your computers but enjoying it less? If ...

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Out with the wash Rochester-area businesses are the target of a recent money-laundering scheme originating in Nigeria, according to the local Fair Business Council. The scam usually goes like this: A Nigerian needs to transfer $30 million into a U.S. ...

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Study-abroad programs pay off for students in job market

Recently a student asked me about the value of an overseas experience as part of her major. My response is the subject of this article. At SUNY College at Brockport, we have long urged our students–regardless of their major–to participate ...

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Neither rain nor snow… What’s the real scoop on why General Motors tapped Bausch & Lomb’s Ron Zarrella–who until six months ago had no experience in the auto industry–to head its marketing efforts? A GM exec, Fortune magazine reports this ...

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Higher authority Prayer meetings in Rochester were cited in a May 15 Time magazine article to prove such gatherings are not confined to the Bible Belt. According to the article, last month’s meeting of Christian Coalition activists in Rochester was ...

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