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Straight From the Farm: Field-to-table service helps farms to compete

In a bid to diversify their operations or tap into new markets, some of the Roch-ester area’s produce farmers, like their colleagues across the country, have taken to working directly with local restaurants to sell their products. “It’s one of ...

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Small businesses exploit the efficiencies of the Web

Many times the owner of a small business has to wear several hats. When the staff is very small, one person has to do the work of many. Today the Internet can help by doing some of the work a ...

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Construction information wanted

In the Sept. 8 Special Report on architecture and engineering, the Rochester Business Journal is planning on featuring area “works in progress”-construction projects that have broken ground but are not yet completed. If you would like your projects to be ...

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Wireless communication a development challenge

Changes in telecommunications continue to have a big impact on all aspects of life, including real estate. In my May 12 column, I discussed the trend of tenants demanding landlords upgrade buildings to accommodate telecom advances, and landlords choosing to ...

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19th Ward constituents wait for Brooks Landing Project

Every community has a main attraction, something that draws people to visit, work and live there. For the 19th Ward, that attraction could soon be the Genesee River. The Brooks Landing Project, a plan for development along the riverfront, is ...

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Older downtown buildings attract urban pioneers

The future of downtown Rochester lies in its past as its older buildings provide opportunities for new development. Some sections, such as the East End, the High Falls District, the Cascade District and St. Paul Street, already have seen a ...

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Prime Real Estate

Until a few years ago, most local office building developers had no idea they had a potential gold mine on their tar-covered rooftops. Now one of the biggest challenges facing developers is how to manage that space. Locally, every inch ...

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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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Good cash management plan prepares for the unexpected

An accurate cash flow plan could be the most critical element of any solid business strategy. How much cash will it take to start a business? Will there be enough to cover new inventory and employee payroll? Is there enough ...

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Your Community Bank:
Banks vie to make their names in Monroe County

Who can shout the loudest? In their scramble to grab a piece of the Monroe County market, community banks from the surrounding area appear to be promising the same thing in their promotional messages: one-on-one service, flexibility and local ownership. ...

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Prenuptial agreements aid in protecting wealth

Hear them? They’re everywhere this summer, it seems-church bells tolling the nuptials of yet another happy couple. For so many hopeful lovers, the magical date of 2000 seems to promise wedded bliss as no other season before. That’s good news ...

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M&As changing the faces of financial software

The staid world of accounting and financial software is being turned upside down. Word processing may thrive on WYSIWYG-“What you see is what you get”-but accounting this year is driven by WIDWTW-“Who is doing what to whom.” Many old, familiar ...

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Private placement often can be preferable to IPO

(This is the last in a four-part series.) Apple Computer Inc., Sun Micro-systems Inc. and Dell Computer Corp. are just a few of the multimillion-dollar businesses we read and hear about almost every day that obtained funding during their early-growth ...

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Several businesses wait to install Windows 2000

Many Rochester-area companies are holding back on adopting the Microsoft Windows 2000 operating systems over cost and reliability concerns. Large and small firms say adopting the new software would be expensive in terms of time and training, or that they ...

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Hahn Automotive explores options for flagging Web site

Hahn Automotive Warehouse Inc. officials are mulling the future of the company’s e-commerce site, iAutoparts.com, a year after its launch. The Web site targets do-it-yourself mechanics and auto enthusiasts, and is Hahn’s entry into the world of online retail auto ...

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