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Firms should master ins and outs of M&As

Acquisition frenzy was at an all-time high last year, driven by such factors as a booming stock market, low interest rates, renewed aggressiveness of lenders, reduced capital gains, the growth of niche companies with promising technologies, and buyers with plenty ...

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Make it easier for others to receive your message

How many times have you asked an employee to write a proposal or report, but he or she comes back with something totally off the mark? You wonder if he or she just messed up or perhaps didn’t understand your ...

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Getting the word out to the workers

Debra Cleveland started her business 11 years ago out of her garage, selling T-shirts to “toothless bartenders.” She is now the owner and CEO of Rochester-based Print Works Plus LLC, a firm that owns company-merchandising outlets that sell to employees. ...

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Resources

UNDERSTANDING POWER: On Feb. 9, the U.S. Small Business Administration-in conjunction with the Service Core of Retired Executives Chapter 23, the Greater Rochester chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and SUNY Brockport-hosts the second annual Women Business ...

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Customers remember extraordinary service

I flew to Hawaii the spring before last for the first time. Seven hours in the plane makes a person a weary traveler. I was met at the airport by my host, and given the traditional lei (necklace of flowers). ...

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Igniting a desire for a fiery spread

It was the rave reviews she received on her hot pepper jelly that drove Sheryl Ahumada to start her own business. aa That was the catalyst that drove Ahumada, 38, to launch Chac Mool Foods Inc. in 1996. At the ...

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Resources

TECH TALK: Michael Brown will give a talk called “Trends in Technology for Small to Medium-Size Businesses” at the next meeting of the Rochester Professional Consultants Network on Jan. 28. Brown, vice president and chief operating officer of Executive Planning ...

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Suggested reading

–“The Wizard of Ads” by Roy Hollister Williams (Bard Press, $16.95) is based on a collection of letters and memos from the author to his clients and friends. Williams runs a small Austin, Texas-based agency with billings of roughly $20 ...

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Updating firm’s image worth the investment

How about starting the new century with a fresh, new image for your company? Unless you own a brand new dot.com company, you probably haven’t updated your logo or letterhead in the past five or 10 years. I know it’s ...

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Revealing the allure of the boudoir

When asked to describe boudoir photography, RJ Raisch, owner and sole proprietor of Glamour Productions, rattles off his answer: “It’s a tastefully done intimate portrait for yourself or that special someone in your life.”aa Then he laughs at his tidy ...

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Resources

GETTING DIRECTIONS: The U.S. Small Business Administration, in conjunction with its resource partners the Service Core of Retired Executives and the SUNY College of Brockport Small Business Development Center, on Jan. 22 will present a workshop called “Start Smart: A ...

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Making pasta the piece de resistance

Jean Louis Faber is, in the words of a previous employer, “an artist.” His medium happens to be macaroni.aa A gourmet pasta chef, whose specialties include delicately shaped floral pasta as well as appropriately filled and colored pasta replicas of ...

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Resources

THE TAX MAN COMETH: The SUNY College at Brockport Small Business Development Center and the Internal Revenue Service are co-sponsoring a workshop for small-business owners on tax requirements for employers. The Jan. 18 workshop will be held from 6:30 to ...

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LEARNING ABOUT TAXES: On Jan. 16, SUNY College at Brockport’s Small Business Development Center will present a workshop titled “A Beginner’s Guide to Taxes for a New Business.” Participants will gain in-depth knowledge of business income and expenses. The program ...

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Profiting by serving government

Five years ago, faced with the need to care for a seriously ill child, Dana Abramson began a small home-based business using skills honed during her 13 years in computer sales. Corbi Inc.–named after her son Corbin–has grown from a ...

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