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After 30 years, RBOC
is still supporting growth

In her small office bordering the Genesee River, Diana Smith-Walsh will look you in the eye and tell you whether your dreams of entrepreneurship will boom or bust. “I am truly an expert,” says Smith- Walsh, the president of Rochester ...

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Bag the mall: Main Street
is the new business core

Active merchants’ associations are an especially strong draw. So are areas alive with eateries and special events, and a residential core that keeps people around at all hours. Consider the benefits of opening a business on Park Avenue. “People are ...

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Small Business:
Even small businesses benefit from decentralization

“I probably held the company back,” says Peckham, who founded the company in 1972. Even if you think you are in control of a business, he says, “things get out of control because you can’t do it all.” Others would ...

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Buyer agency gets boost
with recent acquisition

The recent National Association of Realtors convention in San Francisco brought forth much information relative to the ongoing change in the real estate industry and the real estate marketplace. In addition to discussions about real estate activity on the Internet, ...

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Lead-disclosure laws
now apply to all owners

Owners and lessors–as well as brokers, agents and property managers–of housing constructed before 1978 need to be aware of new federal regulations that require disclosure to prospective purchasers or tenants of the known presence of lead-based paint or lead-based paint ...

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This landscaper doesn’t let
winter horn in on his work

Taking flight along with their feathered friends and heading south? Unlikely. Most use the time to plan and bid, or to switch gears to winter jobs like snowplowing. But not Erwin Tschanz, owner of Tschanz Landscape Service. In the winter, ...

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Quaint yet cool,
Brockport want to avoid suburbia

When heading west on state Route 31, there is little to distinguish the outskirts of Brockport from other suburbs in the Greater Rochester area: an Ames plaza on the left, a super Wegmans on the right. Turn left onto Route ...

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Information exchange key in acquisition dance

All too often in the acquisition process of a privately held business, a seller will ask that a prospective buyer make an evaluation based on little information. “Make me an offer … and we’ll talk” is typically as far as ...

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Real life, not the
ropes, is the true test

Managers are trying all kinds of things these days to stay ahead of the future. Change, they’re told, is the only constant; so, wanting to be at the welcoming end when the future arrives, they seek the advice of business ...

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These sabbaticals leave
the world a better place

Although sabbatical programs are not uncommon in companies, social-service leaves are. According to a recent article in the New York Times, a study by the Conference Board–a management and research organization in New York City–found that 20 percent of the ...

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Dressed (down) for success

Casual dress is in. That’s the old news. Casual dress every day is in. That’s a more recent headline. Everyone can see the trend toward untraditional garb infiltrating its way into offices across the country. Ties are getting extended vacations. ...

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Education doesn’t have
to happen in a classroom

What was Bill Gates’ first step in becoming a CEO? He dropped out of Harvard. Most executives don’t follow this career plan. But most executives are not as alike as one might think. When asked what has been their most ...

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Keuka chairman to
assume post of interim president

Frank Strong Jr., chairman of Keuka College’s board of trustees, will become the institution’s interim president on Jan. 1. “It is with enthusiasm that I begin my tenure as interim president of Keuka College, knowing firsthand what a tremendous experience ...

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Executives tap coaching
for advice, conditioning

From the corporate bench, an executive coach can take a good thing and make it even better. For senior executives already adept at playing well, coaches are being used more frequently to foster a higher level of executive development. The ...

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