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Letter to the editor

Dear Editor: I would like to set the record straight in regard to a reference about me in a recent article (“Magazine publisher files personal bankruptcy,” Jan.19, 2001). I was the founding editor-in-chief of Rochester Magazine, a role I proudly ...

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A healthy idea meets an ailing market

A business model is the method by which an organization uses its resources to deliver value to customers while maximizing profits and growth for itself. I believe that a company must always adjust its business model in order to survive. ...

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Fuzzy math

How bad was 2000 for investors? Let’s count the ways. After peaking in March, the Nasdaq Composite Index fell off a cliff, finishing the year down 39.3 percent-the worst finish since the index was created in 1971. The Standard & ...

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When small gets big

The last century gave us the ability to download software from the Internet. Will this century be very old before it’s possible to download hardware too? Or store the entire contents of the Library of Congress in a computer device ...

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Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: An article in your Oct. 20, 2000, issue, “Former Xerox employees lament firm’s decline,” quotes Ed Finein on his experience and viewpoints on Xerox Corp. I found the article to be substantially inaccurate and misleading in several places. ...

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Flushing out the truth of a trade issue

Illegal aliens, drugs, liquor, Cuban cigars, china and other expensive housewares and clothing items… Those are the answers. The question? Exactly what contraband are the customs inspectors looking for when they question people as they cross the international bridges from ...

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A good defense

Only hours before Gov. George Pataki unveiled a new plan to boost Upstate New York’s manufacturing sector, a report on U.S. industrial activity last month made clear why such action could not be more timely. The National Association of Purchasing ...

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Investing in tomorrow’s technology

Suppose you knew, in 1950, how computers and information technology would evolve in the next 50 years. Would it have made economic sense to invest in institutions that did research and development in computing-related fields? Of course. This technology propelled ...

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Choice of Words

In late 1992, the federal government released a series of upbeat economic reports. Among other things, the numbers showed durable-goods orders were at the highest level in a year, consumer confidence had posted a sharp rebound and economic growth was ...

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A new brew

The long-struggling Genesee Brewing Co. this week gained new owners, a new name and, most importantly, a new lease on life. The management-led buyout concluded Monday means the outlook for the brewery is brighter than it has been for more ...

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Do you know the year’s top news?

It’s back! The seventh annual Rochester Business Journal local business news quiz is designed to measure your knowledge of the year’s significant events. A year ago, as 2000 approached, we took the test up several notches: The quiz was based ...

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Remember a pioneering business leader

When Ray Schuler died during the Thanksgiving holiday, New Yorkers lost someone special. So maybe you’d permit me to take a moment to reflect on the life of a man who was a prime engineer in making New York a ...

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A matter of time

In the end, the 2000 presidential election came down to a single vote. By ruling 5-4 that differing recount standards in Florida violated the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and that time had run out to craft a ...

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Philanthropy benefits business too

People sometimes ask me if it makes good sense for Judy Columbus Inc. Real Estate and Relocation to have such an active charitable giving program. My answer is always a resounding “yes!” It’s good for both our business and our ...

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Albany all the time

In May, Sheldon Silver beat back an attempt led by then-Majority Leader Michael Bragman to oust him as Assembly speaker. On Monday, Mr. Silver-by a vote of 95 to 1-won the support of fellow Assembly Democrats for another term as ...

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