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Mentoring not for the
corporate world alone

While mentoring is a given in corporations–indeed, careers rise or fall upon associations with powerful senior executives–entrepreneurs tend to shy away from the concept. By nature, entrepreneurs are more likely to be lone wolves, rugged-individual types who think they can ...

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Training must be part of
anti-discrimination policy

Have your employees, particularly supervisors, received training to learn how those policies apply? How recently have your supervisors received updated information so they can administer those policies correctly? If these questions make you uncomfortable, you’re not alone. A surprising number ...

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Internet adds options
for executive training

Few executives will argue that they have nothing left to learn, but when executives consider embarking on a learning program, they frequently think of impediments rather than benefits: –“I don’t have time for a class.” –“I don’t want to be ...

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Reaching new heights
can improve teamwork

International honchos, jaded by wood-paneled boardrooms and meetings on private jets, might need a little something exotic to take them away from the mundane. For example, Venture Up, a 16-year-old Phoenix-based performance improvement company, takes groups of type-A execs to ...

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Boards should take interest
in sexual harassment issues

Experts tell Director’s Alert that board members need to ensure that their company has a firm sexual harassment policy. They also should make sure everyone, including directors, goes through mandatory training sessions. Here is some more advice from the magazine: ...

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Executive Education:
Putting it together

That depends on the purpose of the board, responds Andrew DuBrin, professor of management at Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Business. “Some organizations simply select high-status individuals to serve on their board as a form of window-dressing, while other ...

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Local ad agency
creates virtual mall

Several Rochester-area businesses have banded together to form a virtual shopping center called the Flower City Mall, which offers people merchandise from sports team clothing to coffee and CDs. The site, at www.RochestersBest.com, is the brainchild of Kerry Gleason, owner ...

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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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Harris Interactive finds the
Web sways offline purchases

Harris Interactive Inc. has found that “e-tailers” are poised for a great season this year, but that the Web also will influence people’s old-fashioned shopping trips. Nearly 45 percent of Internet users will use the Web to gather information on ...

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Stores, consumers predict
spending will rise this year

Retail groups most years predict strong holiday sales, and this year is no different. The annual Deloitte & Touche/National Retail Federation retail survey shows consumers expect a 4.3 percent increase and retailers, 4.4 percent. The Consumer and Retail Mood Survey ...

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Stores need to think
before setting up site

Stores thinking about setting up Web sites should consider what they want out of the site before talking to an Internet service provider. California-based Wilson Internet Services says companies should sketch out the following information: –Inventory size–Small stores are five ...

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Holiday Retailing:
‘Tis the e-tail season

The week before, Kohn did business with a customer in Brazil, as he has in the past with shoppers from Japan, Korea, Thailand, New Zealand, South Africa, Venezuela, Canada and all 50 states. Such is life in the age of ...

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Tenants should make sure Y2K
won’t shut down their building

Building owners, engineers, attorneys and brokers have been addressing Y2K issues in facilities systems. However, there are certain steps tenants should take to assure that landlords are taking proper precautions, according to Cushman Realty Corp., which has worked with Citicorp ...

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Wrapping up a busy year
of telecommunications

I’ve always wanted to write a column like Democrat and Chronicle sports writer Bob Matthews. He’s always got a lot of bullet points, a lot of data, lots of different thoughts and a rich inventory of topics. Something like this: ...

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Kodak, Sentry Group among
firms receiving BBBOnline seal

Some two dozen companies, including Eastman Kodak Co. and Sentry Group, have demonstrated their commitment to self-regulation on their Web sites by sponsoring development of the BBBOnLine privacy program. The BBBOnline seals, sponsored by the Better Business Bureau, signal that ...

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