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Environmental quality
should guide growth

After being ignored by U.S. companies, W. Edwards Deming went to a more accepting climate and helped revolutionize Japan’s industry. Ultimately, his total quality management methods would return to the United States. Many Rochester-area businesses now are using these principles ...

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Compliance work
wanes as focus shifts

A perhaps unintended consequence of the supposedly business- friendly push for less environmental regulation is a slowdown in one industry: the environmental-compliance field. The industry–which includes testing laboratories, site-cleanup specialists, environmental lawyers, engineering firms and consultants who advise firms on ...

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Environmental Business Association champions ecobusiness

That will change if the Environmental Business Association of New York State Inc. has its way. Providing positive information about environmental businesses through the media is one goal of the 2-year-old EBA, says Ira Rubenstein, founder and executive director. The ...

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A hard knock inspired
realization of a dream

(First Person features local businesspeople relating–in their own words– experiences and lessons that have shaped their company’s development. The goal is to inspire and inform others through first-person accounts.) I remember being scared to death. Here I was, a retail ...

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Do your homework

If you are considering employee-leasing services, here are some guidelines in choosing a professional-employer organization: –Check the PEO’s professional references, including its bank, insurance carriers, and legal and accounting firms. –Document the PEO’s stable financial condition by seeking financial references. ...

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Employee-leasing firms ease the administrative burden on employers

Louis Rivaldo was ready to hire his first employee a year ago. Like many small-business proprietors, the owner of Lou’s Automotive in Spencerport wanted to offer employees a good benefits package but found insurance options unaffordable. He also was not ...

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Small business resources

ADA Collaborative The Rochester Center for Independent Living Inc. 758 South Ave. Rochester, N.Y. 14620 442-6470 Fax: 271-8558 Contact: Tim Weider The Arc of Monroe County 1000 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, N.Y. 14620 271-0660 Fax: 442-1911 Contact: Diane Mahon Association for ...

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Better, not just bigger,
guides growth that lasts

(First Person features local businesspeople relating–in their own words–experiences and lessons that have shaped their company’s development. The goal is to inspire and inform others through first-person accounts.) Prior to 1988, my tree- and lawn-care company, One Step Tree & ...

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For hassle-free surfing, draft
a corporate Internet policy

Fact: Viruses are running rampant and can now span operating systems. Analysts believe most viruses are brought in on disks from home. Fact: Having your company’s name on your employee’s correspondence to the alt.home.bombmaking Internet newsgroup may not enhance your ...

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Big Brother isn’t interested in snooping on honest folks’ calls

Relax. The chances are high that, unless you are involved in drug trafficking, terrorism or organized crime, no one cares very much about what you are saying. The reality of wiretapping and call monitoring appears to be far more limited ...

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Use animation to create a site that moves people

As the Web emerges as a viable business environment, it is coming of age visually as well. Web sites are peppered with images, some of which are quite eye-catching. However, some sites are just so s-l-o-w that no one sticks ...

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Voice-recognition technology starting to come into its own

Phenelope: “OK, I think I’m ready to start.” Boss: “OK, let’s take a train from Detroit to Washington.” Phenelope: “What route would you like to get from Detroit to Washington?” Boss: “Let’s go via Toledo and Pittsburgh.” Phenelope: “The terminal ...

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Top-shelf talent sitting pretty in eyes of software recruiters

But these hot prospects aren’t being wined and dined for their prowess on the playing field. Instead, these are software developers and systems engineers with skill and technology on their side. Every baseball team needs a left- handed pitcher and ...

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CDS autumn program
lineup a varied bag

Career Development Services Inc.’s fall lineup features programs covering everything from assessing your career goals to starting your own business. Highlights follow. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at CDS headquarters at 706 East Ave. Call 244- 0750 for ...

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New federal retirement plans boost small companies’ benefits muscle

Heralded by financial planners and CPAs in Rochester as a way to reduce costly and time-consuming paperwork, the SIMPLE plan (or Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) consists of an IRA or 401(k) plan with the following features: –Employers can ...

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