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Engineering succession
one tough proposition

Eric Welch took over the helm as president of Welch Hydraulic Corp., formerly Power Drives–Rochester Corp., on Jan. 1, at the same time his brother Jeffrey became the company’s vice president. Several years ago, Eric Welch says, their father sat ...

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Small business: The right mix

Lisa McGuinness and Victoria Fink think they have the necessary ingredients for a good partnership. One creates the cookies and crepes, and the other crunches the numbers. McGuinness had owned her catering business for 17 years before she considered taking ...

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Options abound for
older couples

For those considering selling the family house, here are some downsizing options: –Patio or carriage communities– These are detached homes, often smaller houses on smaller lots, that provide the twin pluses of ownership and privacy that some people seek. Outside ...

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Many empty nesters decide to sell
longtime family homes

Circumstances are changing. The children are out on their own. Retirement is close or has arrived. Possibly their health is not what it used to be. They–or their adult children–may be concerned about their safety. Maybe they just want a ...

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Caregivers set to
receive training

Mercy Center With the Aging and Congregations in Ministry with the Elderly have joined forces with churches in the Irondequoit area to offer specialized training for caregivers. The partnership also will develop new ministries for older adults and persons with ...

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Lifespan honors six role models
for older Rochesterians

Retired Rep. Barber Conable, R-Alexander, and Robert Hurlbut are among the six older local residents being honored this year at Lifespan of Greater Rochester Inc.’s “Celebration of Aging.” “Our country has suffered from the pervasive attitude that once someone reaches ...

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Workers must plan in order
to ease into retirement

You give no thought to who you are and what you are going to do with the next 20 or 30 years. Your last day you dutifully bound into the office and put in your usual 12 hours. You leave ...

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50 Plus:
The maturing job market

After five years as an administrative assistant at an insurance company, Jean Samiec found herself out of work last month. At 61 years old, Samiec now has to start the process of job hunting once again. Samiec realizes the challenges ...

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Information Technology:
Weaving a New Web

For years, the Internet was a private domain dedicated to researchers, educators and the government. That sequestered network ended with the explosion of the World Wide Web. By the end of 1998, a new network– the Internet2–is expected to provide ...

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Analyzing numbers critical
to business success

Amid the increasing flow of information that passes over managers’ desks, most experts note that in order to keep a business afloat–much less growing–keeping on top of the numbers is crucial. Technology helps small and large businesses alike compile data ...

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Phone system must adjust to
Internet providers, users

The “regulated public switched-telephone network.” On the surface, pretty dull, huh? The Internet. Today, that is perceived as being comparatively zoomy. So, what happens when you morph one into the other? Do you get a blend of the best characteristics, ...

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Combining e-mail, phone
functions can help firms

Computers and telephones; phones and computers: vital tools for any business. You need both of them–and hooking them together can have many benefits. This column is the last of an introduction to the marriage of computer and phone–computer telephony. The ...

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Standards should lower costs
for semiconductor industry

The companies should see reduced manufacturing costs and, eventually, increased profits, trade experts say. Consumers, in turn, should see more powerful computer products without a significant increase in price. “This has been a pretty profound change,” says John Stratakos, president ...

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Area manufacturers must adjust
to seasonal business fluctuations

But for some businesses, keeping on an even keel is no simple task, says George Johnson, professor of operations management at Rochester Institute of Technology. If those ups and downs in business are significant, it could have a disastrous effect ...

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Manufacturing:
Changing gears

The masculinity in machines and tools are so inherent that seeing a woman with a hard hat and clipboard causes most men–and women–to look twice. Yet 31 percent of the some 20 million manufacturing jobs in the United States were ...

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