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Education & Training: From Business to B.A.
Empire State College’s innovative Forum progam helps managers

At some point–after being hired–a college degree, grade-point average and extracurricular activities stop being important to many employees. The lack of a college degree, however, can thwart promotion-minded midlevel managers. A SUNY Empire State College program targets those sheepskin-less managers. ...

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SEPs offers advantages
for smaller employers?

Are you a business owner looking for ways to reduce your tax bill while investing for your retirement? If so, a Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) Plan might be for you. An attractive retirement-plan alternative to profit-sharing and money purchase pension ...

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If your ISP goes DOA, where
goes your e-mail?

“What can we do?” The angry and frustrated caller’s Internet service provider was down–and, he feared, out. “You don’t know how much you rely on something until it is gone,” the caller lamented. The businessman cared not about surfing or ...

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Micro Biz Alliance
grows in first year

The Micro Business Alliance of the Greater Rochester Area Inc. turns a year old this month and plans to celebrate Sept. 18 with a luncheon featuring nationally known home-business experts Paul and Sarah Edwards. The group, started by home-business owners ...

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Small Office/Home Office:
To grow or not to grow

Mary Malaszek agonized for three months, trying to decide whether to hire her first employee. Her company, Market Directions, had grown to the point that she was forced to turn away smaller jobs, even if those projects would have led ...

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Restaurants trying new designs
to attract diners

Rochester-area restaurant owners, always a little bit behind the times, are starting to adapt to this change, owners and architects say. Open kitchens, outside seating areas and unique indoor designs are starting to become more common as area restaurants try ...

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Property’s market value
often in eye of beholder

Picture this commercial real estate ad: Modern 558,000-square-foot pharmaceuticals plant and corporate offices located on 40 acres of prime land; convenient to major interstate; asking $19.71 a square foot. Sound cheap? After all, a relatively modest residential property can sell ...

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Estate proposals would provide
flexibility

Federal gift and estate tax relief was included in the balanced-budget agreement announced by the White House and congressional Republicans. Two points concerning the agreement were–and continue to be–noteworthy. First, although both houses of Congress have passed balanced-budget resolutions, the ...

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CRA standards foster
‘enlightened self interest’

Happily, we are not alone. As we read so often in the Rochester Business Journal, signs are being hung and crates unloaded all over our city as entrepreneurs open the doors of new businesses. And every day, more and more ...

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Union of computer, telephone
is no small thing

Computers and telephones. Phones and computers. Both a vital part of any business. You have to have them, and hooking them together can have many benefits. This column is the first of a series about the marriage of computer and ...

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Telecom discounts available
to schools, libraries

Advanced telecommunications services at a cheap price can be coming to a school or library near you. If you are active in a school board, school district, or are just a parent who wants his or her kids to keep ...

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Recycling gives new life
to PCs past their prime

Indeed, experts say computer recycling is mushrooming. Marlene Archer–director of New Visions, a Massachusetts-based non- profit organization dedicated to bringing technology to all segments of society–says in the past year the number of computer recyclers nationwide has jumped from “about ...

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Expansion project wires
libary for digital future

The visual differences between the Rundel Memorial Building and the new Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building across South Avenue are striking. The former wears an aura of gravity from the weight of its stone and the maturity of its ...

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