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Soup is not meant
to warm the heart

Why? Because I keep noticing menus mentioning–and bowls brimming with–what I call adorable soups. I’m suspicious of adorable soups. Maybe that is because I myself have never been described as adorable. (I don’t resent that, nor do I consider it ...

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Answers to the 1998
business-news quiz

1. Forbes Products Corp. 2. Hutchins/Young & Rubicam Inc., now known as Wunderman Cato Johnson Rochester 3. Susan McLaughlin 4. Eric McInroy 5. Bill Bogie 6. 1,400 7. Paychex Inc.’s Thomas Golisano 8. David Della Penta 9. Raymond Chretien 10. ...

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Are you up to the
business-news test?

Once again, your knowledge of local business news now will be put to the test. For the fifth year in a row, I’ve drawn up a quiz based on stories reported in the Rochester Business Journal in 1998. Though the ...

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On the frontier

First came Dolly, a lamb. Then came some mice, and now, eight cows. Suddenly, the impossible has become not merely possible but, in the words of one expert, “routine.” This week’s news that Japanese scientists successfully produced eight calves from ...

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How brands
build economic value

The sad fact is that most businesses view marketing communications, advertising, direct mail and so on as costs linked to sales. They know these activities can help build their brand, but according to a Diefenbach Elkins study, while most businesses ...

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The new rules

Everyone is talking about e-commerce, but how many people actually are doing it? Plenty, it turns out. In fact, 1998 might enter the books as the year the Internet economy became more than simply a catchy phrase. It’s now estimated ...

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ABB deal misrepresented
in Time story

This was the situation faced by the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency in the case of ABB Instrumentation Inc. The company received property- and sales-tax incentives that required it to add 25 jobs. It failed to do so. COMIDA ...

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The spending habit

Americans typically put less money away than Europeans and the Japanese. But on an annual basis, they have not spent more than they earned since the Great Depression. That might change this year. The federal government disclosed last week that ...

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Law protects
workers’ wages and more

Much of this money will be used to fund projects covered under New York’s prevailing-wage law, which was passed to help ensure fair bidding on public-works jobs. Yet, as with any complicated law, there is some confusion about when the ...

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A matter of choice

Two years ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that health insurance premiums in the past year had increased only 0.5 percent, the lowest annual rise since the 1960s and the seventh straight decline in the growth of health premiums. Somewhat ...

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The case for the
Rochester schools case

But that beacon is growing dimmer in Rochester. And as it dims so do the hopes of our children–and so do the prospects of a strong local economy in the future. That is why a group of Rochester parents and ...

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Up to the challenge

No one said it would be easy. When Chairman and CEO George Fisher last November declared “we are out of denial” and set plans for major cuts to attack the company’s bloated cost structure, the news shook Rochester. The picture ...

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Lower gasoline tax
is issue of fairness

The issue is really one of fairness. New York residents and businesses simply pay too much in taxes on the purchase of gasoline compared to neighboring states and other regions of the country, including sovereign nations such as Native American ...

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Vote of confidence

A month ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was fretting aloud about the “scary psychology” in financial markets. The woes plaguing Asia had spread to Russia and seemed to pose a dire threat to Latin America. On Wall Street, relentless ...

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Article offered valuable lessons

Dear Editor: The “Building Hypothetical Acres” article by Will Astor (Rochester Business Journal, Oct. 23, 1998) offered a great prescription for success for developers planning to build an office or industrial park. A “real-life” development, Linden Technical Park, in the ...

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