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Human resources now more than ‘personnel’

Remember when companies managed their people function by assigning one staffer-usually an employee who was considered “good with people”-to inform new hires about company policies and explain a basic menu of benefits? So simple was the “personnel” function in those ...

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Legal lessons for employers

Employment laws, either state or federal, apply equally to part-time as well as full-time employees. Business owners with a part-time staff need to avoid discriminating against part-timers in the same way as any employee, says Michael Lotito, a San Francisco ...

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Employing part-timers helpful to some firms

Don’t worry: Managing part-time employees is not as difficult as, say, herding cats. In fact, with some planning, businesses can use part-timers to create a flexible, more responsive work force. Why part-time employees? “I am a big fan of the ...

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Brownfield remediation boosts environmental-service firms

An effort to convert derelict properties to reusable development sites is leading to a business boom for almost every type of environmental-service company. Site remediation is the redevelopment of industrial property that might have been contaminated by a previous tenant. ...

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Remaking a disposable product

Eastman Kodak Co. has pushed to improve recycling and reuse of parts found in its single-use cameras, or SUCs. Kodak, in a press release, says, “It is the story of a product which began as an environmental ‘ugly duckling’ and ...

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Adopting sustainable design

Anne Stocum, Xerox Corp.’s environmental manager for market access and support, has some advice for small businesses that want to adopt and finance sustainable design principles. “Plan ahead; don’t sacrifice quality or performance,” she says. “In addition to sustainable manufacturing, ...

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Manufacturers seek methods to design waste-free products

Sustainable design. It’s a concept that more and more manufacturers are embracing as they realize the benefits to be gained by planning for waste and using it or eliminating it right from the beginning of developing a product and the ...

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Practical approach to luxury distinguishes a Webster home

Some architects design houses to glorify aesthetics, perhaps by stressing an exquisite form or a delicate turn. But the 8-year-old Webster home on Wild Mallard Trail was designed not so much to please the eye as to afford practical comfort ...

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Home is designed to welcome and older generation

It is a home that was built out of love. Rochesterian Lyn Bedell’s parents-John and Maxine Bedell, who had been Florida residents for 25 years-were aging and in need of some extra assistance. Together, they discussed numerous options: Move into ...

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Mansion embodies moments from Rochester’s past

“We’ve been living here for four years and we’re still finding things we hadn’t noticed before,” Cindy Lowenguth says. She and her husband, Gar, the man who founded one of Rochester’s most well-known real estate companies, bought the house on ...

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First-person stories wanted

Have you faced and overcome a challenging situation that others might learn from? Would you like to write about it for the Rochester Business Journal? If so, then we’d like to hear from you. Selected stories will be published in ...

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Women must overcome excuses, direct finances

When it comes to empowering women to ensure their own financial futures, our society seems stuck in the 1950s. Over the years, I’ve seen many intelligent women and their families falling prey to myths, weak justifications and flawed reasoning that ...

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Several reasons motivate owners to exit businesses

Judith Roach had not been thinking about closing the Village Toy Shoppe, but things just fell into place, she says. Within the previous two years, her son Robert had decided to leave the business to concentrate on what he loved ...

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Local, regional programs aid family-owned firms

When your boss is also your father, you can face issues at work that other business owners might never experience. Family business operators have specific challenges such as deciding when the time is right to pass the business to the ...

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Charity tourneys sought

The Rochester Business Journal’s April 13 Special Report on executive golf will include a listing of area tournaments that benefit charities and non-profits. To have your tournament listed at no charge, please send the following information so that it is ...

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