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Cubicles beating closed
doors in today’s offices

Corporate America is opening its doors, so to speak. Its interior walls are coming down. Ceilings are being lifted. Frame after frame of glass windows that surround offices and buildings reflect not only the sun’s rays, but the trend of ...

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Real Estate & Construction:
The Kodak factor

Call it the Kodak factor. Downsizing by Eastman Kodak Co. ripples out in the Rochester community hitting other industries in a spreading ring of ancillary effect. Unemployed Kodak workers, for example, have trouble making home payments or put their houses ...

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Bankers view technology
as way to grow services

Many times, technology is seen as a bite against traditional, personal service. When banks in some large cities tried to introduce computerized tellers, customers balked. Yet, bit by bit, computerized tools are becoming an essential part of a bank’s competitive ...

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Banking & Finance:
Cutting out the middleman

Public companies looking for inexpensive ways to raise capital or create brand loyalty have found a way to go straight to investors with stock. Direct-purchase plans allow investors to buy even a relatively small amount of stock from the company ...

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Health Care:
Selling good health

However, as physicians organized into group practices, hospital systems became larger and people had more choices as far as insurance, health care marketing has grown into a business of its own–a $5 billion-a-year business, according to industry estimates. In Rochester, ...

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Consortium deciding fate of
area residency programs

The number and types of medical residents at local hospitals and clinics will change over the next few years, as the local health care community tries to deal with significant cuts in funding. The state’s shift from mandatory to market-driven ...

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Billing limits spelled out
in Medicare guidelines

Recent developments in Congress and the courts should be a reminder to both physicians and patients alike that there are limitations on the amounts that physicians may bill Medicare patients. Failure to understand these limits can put the billing physician ...

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More physicians splitting time
between patients, paperwork

More and more doctors are spending time behind a desk or in a boardroom, rather than by an examining table. The American College of Physician Executives’ membership has more than doubled since 1990 reaching 12,800 this year. In 1980, the ...

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Legislative Outlook:
Keeping tabs on the Internet

The past year saw telecommunications and information technology continue to evolve and converge. Government officials and legislators will spend 1998–and likely beyond–struggling to adapt to those changes. State leaders expect the 1998 legislative sessions to look at ways to handle ...

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Business Council targets
taxes, utility costs for 1998

The 1998 priorities of the Business Council of New York State Inc. are similar to those in other recent years, and range from cutting taxes to controlling utility and insurance costs. Among tax cuts, the council wants to accelerate and ...

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Switch to non-profit world
brings different set of rules

James Burton spent 28 years in Eastman Kodak Co.’s Finance Division mostly managing small subsidiaries of the film giant. After “retiring” from Kodak in 1994, he became a consultant for start-up technology companies. But in May, Burton changed directions and ...

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Non-Profits:
Balancing out fraud

People would like to think that non-profit organizations are immune from employee-theft issues because of the commitment that most employees have toward the charitable mission. But that assumption simply is not true, experts say, and a local case brought the ...

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Loyal customers backbone
of successful businesses

Now, fast-forward to the next time these two shoppers return to Rochester looking for gifts: Any idea where they will go? It may be next week, next month or next year, but the answer is obvious. And there is no ...

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Central library can serve as
tech site for small firms

Data bases, CD-ROMs in multiple-disc machines and banks of computers providing Internet access. If not for those pesky books everywhere, the Rochester Public Library’s Central Library might be a corporate, high-tech data research site. And the central library–the Rundel Memorial ...

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Small Business: Training their own

A shortage of skilled employees is the downside to a booming economy that has helped many businesses. Some companies have found ways to find good people to work for them, regardless of employment statistics: They go out and train their ...

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