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A winning personality is
essential in advertising

All my life I have worked in the service industry for a service company–an advertising agency. I am not alone. Almost three out of four Americans work for service companies. Most non-profit organizations provide services, not products. Many of us ...

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Companies should review
Y2K consultant contracts

By now, most companies are on a path to correct and address the typical technical and business-liability issues associated with the Year 2000 problem. But employers should also be aware of two other concerns. One is the hiring and retention ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Rochester Eye & Human Parts Bank

In 1952, the Downtown Lions Club founded the Rochester Eyebank and Research Society, which recovered donated eyes for cornea transplants, sclera grafting, research and study. In 1969, the agency broadened its focus to include donations of all organs and tissues, ...

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Non-profits must head
new executive-pay rules

The Internal Revenue Service has just issued proposed regulations implementing the statutory provisions for intermediate sanctions that may be imposed on tax-exempt organizations and “disqualified persons” affiliated with them. The statutory concept is simple: If an exempt organization enters into ...

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Area’s newest millionaire
could be your neighbor

We read about them all the time–modest-living people who own construction or scrap-metal businesses, drive aging cars, and live in unremarkable homes. They shop for bargains and never waste resources. They’d rather paint the house than paint the town. Then, ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Ibero-American Action League Inc.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Ibero-American Action League Inc. was formed to address the growing needs of the Hispanic population of Monroe and surrounding counties. The organization does so by providing culturally sensitive programs and services that are ...

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‘Tis the political season,
and labor has action plan

The political election season has been gearing up for some time now. As we head toward primaries and the November elections, labor is well into the process of selecting candidates who support our issues. There are those who would label ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Writers & Books

Writers & Books began as the Book Bus, bringing contemporary writing and book arts to audiences throughout the northeastern United States. Soon, however, rising expenses brought an end to this “literary odyssey,” and organizers metaphorically parked the Bus here in ...

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New York law paves way
for e-mail confidentiality

Some of the very attributes that make e-mail attractive–ease of use, ability for widespread dissemination, and built-in amenability for search-and-retrieval operations–give rise to new and unfamiliar business and legal risks. How many e-mail users, for example, have ever considered the ...

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Windows 98: For better
or verse (pardon the pun)

(With apologies to Clement C. Moore, author of “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”) ‘Twas the night of the intro of Win 98, And storekeepers hoped it had not come too late. For Netscape had asked the Department of Justice To ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Leukemia Society of America Inc.

As well as spearheading efforts to discover a cure for leukemia and related cancers, the Leukemia Society of America Inc. concerns itself with improving the overall quality of life for patients and their families. Programs offer emotional and practical services, ...

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E-mail, just like anything
else, must be managed

“I’ve got so much piled on my desk and so many e-mails that I can’t see straight. And there’s more coming all the time–memos, requests from employees, etc. I thought I was fairly well organized until about four months ago, ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.

Established in 1968, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc. (JA) delivers business-education programs to more than 27,000 students in grades K-12 each year. This is in keeping with their mission “to educate and inspire young people to value ...

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New Medicare rules are
more confusing than ever

Imagine that you are age 80 and receive a notice from Medicare and a health insurance agent about a wonderful new alternative to traditional Medicare coverage, which will provide enhanced benefits at no extra cost. Then the phone rings from ...

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First Person:
Employee-incentive plans take some thought

Many firms have a bonus or profit-sharing plan that allows employers to share the profits of the firm with their staff. In many firms, the criteria for who will be paid a bonus and what the specific performance criteria are, ...

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