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Helping manufacturers
lose waste

The non-profit organization wants small manufacturers to innovate their products and processes so they can become more competitive, more productive and more profitable. The National Institute of Standards and Technology calls “lean manufacturing”–a program to eliminate waste and improve productivity–a ...

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Not saved yet

A year after it declared U.S. household savings fell into negative territory for the first time since the Great Depression, the Commerce Department says, “We’ll have to get back to you on that.” The department last week previewed changes in ...

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Banking industry ready for Y2K

But equal attention has not been given to the extensive preparation that is taking place to address the date change. The public is not equally informed, and therefore its confidence is shaken. Information is power and it is reassuring; thus, ...

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Building the future

When Eastman Kodak Co. this summer disclosed its plan to abandon its 5 million-square-foot Elmgrove plant, the move heightened fears that the Rochester area’s low unemployment rate masks a troubled economy. As an article published in May by the Federal ...

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Going out on a limb–
but not too far

In the prediction game, I’m batting 1,000. In early 1996, when the Rochester Business Journal published its first Internet Resource Directory, I boldly stated that the Web was “here to stay. It’s big, and it’s getting bigger.” OK, let’s delete ...

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Trouble brewing

The 128-year-old Genesee Brewing Co. is more than a significant local employer. The company and its widely known beer products are part of this region’s identity. But that does not count for much in today’s fiercely competitive and increasingly consolidated ...

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Where’s the magic
in bottled water?

Sure, we try to stay current, to be aware of trends and what’s “in” and what’s “out.” We try our best, and then one day we realize that, despite our earnest efforts, we’ve slipped behind again. That’s what has happened ...

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The lakes’ bounty

They’re not called the Great Lakes for nothing. Indeed, the five lakes contain close to 20 percent of the earth’s surface fresh water. But do they contain enough to allow the export of fresh water to other parts of the ...

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Is this any way to feel about stocks?

A little more than a year ago, the stock market fell off a cliff. After reaching an all-time high of 9337.97 on July 17, the Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered a series of setbacks that brought the blue-chip index to ...

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Trade turnabout

The U.S. government, victorious in the great banana war, appears to have slipped on the peel of its enthusiasm for trade disputes. Several months ago, U.S. officials won World Trade Organization approval for 100 percent duties on more than $150 ...

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A ‘quiet’ win
with big potential

The win came when lawmakers agreed to invest $34 million (a modest sum, by Albany standards) in employer-driven work-force training programs. This has been a priority of the Business Council and employers across the state for many years–with good reason. ...

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Worthy competitors

It’s no secret that more competition is needed to bring down sky-high airfares, especially in Rochester and other small or midsize cities nationwide. That’s why Rep. Louise Slaughter and other lawmakers, along with the Department of Transportation, see the need ...

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Make sure partners
are ready for Y2K

Time continues to tick, and as we get closer and closer to the rollover date, Y2K problems–computer programs and software misinterpreting the year 2000 as 1900–may begin to surface. The good news is that two-thirds of small businesses appear to ...

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Open-sky policy

When the Department of Transportation’s proposed rules to protect small airlines from unfair competition hit turbulence last year, the agency funded an independent study of the matter by the non-profit National Research Council. Now, some observers worry that the DOT’s ...

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Summer’s not all
that’s speeding by

Whoosh! There goes somebody in the passing lane and it looks like I’m standing still. (Well, not really. I’m not writing this in the car. This is a re-creation. I’m writing it from vivid memories.) Whoosh! There goes another one. ...

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