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Firms must toughen
up to collect bills

Making a sale is always fun. Cultivating a buyer and closing a deal–that is what excites most entrepreneurs. But after the product or service has been delivered, there is the sticky matter of the bill. Payment, please. It is exactly ...

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Small Business: Good help is hard to find

One of the best U.S. economies in decades has helped many businesses, and has put unemployment at an all-time low. But there are some negative side effects that can severely impact the vitality of small businesses. With unemployment virtually non-existent, ...

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Resources to secure
sites, networks

The following books will help you secure your systems: –“Internet Privacy Kit,” by Marcus Goncalves and Arthur Donkers (Que Education & Training, 1997, $39.99)–The authors are quite convinced that we all should be encrypting our messages, making sure our erased ...

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Computer security should
be constant concern

Every now and then, security problems hit home. You see, the Internet was designed to get the message through. It was not designed to make it easy to stop people from getting their message through–and there lies the rub. There ...

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Taste for Opera growing
among computer users

Imagine a Web browser that runs on older computers, runs faster than both Internet Explorer and Navigator, and eats up little memory or disk space. Meet Opera Software AS and understand why a growing number of computer users are becoming ...

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Newer funds could benefit
from proposed rules

The NASD, the self-governing arm of the securities industry, has proposed that the Securities and Exchange Commission revisit an old ruling and allow new mutual funds to publicize the following: –performance data of an established fund, if the management of ...

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Regional mutual funds
multiplying in number

When looking through your next mutual fund brochure, do not be surprised to see a cover with Dorothy and Toto pointing to a yellow brick road. “Invest close to home” is the motto of the New York State Opportunities Fund. ...

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Few local public-company stocks
among large mutual funds

Stocks of Rochester-based companies are hardly represented among either the largest or top-performing mutual funds of 1997, for reasons that have more to do with market dynamics than the achievements of local public firms. Of some 30 stocks followed locally, ...

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Mutual Fund Investing:
Catching the eye of big players

In the universe of more than 9,300 mutual funds, there is room for the stock of even the relatively small Rochester-area companies. Local companies with small numbers of shares outstanding and a much lower profile than Eastman Kodak Co. just ...

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Travel tips

Travel experts say the following advice is pertinent to countries all over the world: –Fit in–Stay inconspicuous. Do not dress as a tourist. –Leave the Rolex at home–Do not bring anything that reveals signs of wealth, whether that be jewelry, ...

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Business travelers should take precautions

Sitting in a busted taxi at 4 a.m. in the middle of Bombay, India, made Thomas Crumlish a little nervous. The president of Pyragon Inc. could not decide whether the cab driver was sincerely in a bind or was scheming ...

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Number of expatriates
grows with global economy

In a recent survey, 56 percent of international companies said the number of U.S. expatriates has increased in the last year. Fifty-eight percent indicated that the number of non-U.S.expatriates also grew, and nearly two-thirds expect the expatriate population to continue ...

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International Business:
Exporters fight Asian flu

The fallout of the Asian economy may soon hit Rochester exporters in other markets. Experts believe the devaluation of Asian currencies will impact some local companies’ ability to compete against their Asian counterparts in export markets such as Latin and ...

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Numerous problems can arise
when disposing of older presses

Gannett Rochester Newspapers solved one problem and created another one when it installed its new printing press and production facility at Canal Ponds Business Park in Greece. Now the company, which publishes the Democrat and Chronicle, has much more flexibility ...

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Old presses provide niche
for specialty printers

For more than 50 years, Robert Carbone has been wiping the ink off his hands onto his apron. When Carbone opened his first printing business, Robert’s Printing Shop on Clinton Avenue in 1944, he printed letterheads, envelopes and business cards ...

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