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Theft can be an
unfortunate cost

The three little pigs went through several building stages before they were able to secure their house. But non-fairy tale builders have a tougher time avoiding greedy trespassers on their property. How do you protect a house with no windows ...

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Real Estate: New Construction:
Adding up the cost of an add-on

You say you like your neighborhood? Your kids think their school is great, and love their friends? Your only problem is that your house is just too small? An addition could be the answer. A new room can add whole ...

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Thinking about accepting credit
cards? Read on

When a business owner wants to start accepting credit cards, he or she will have to turn into a savvy shopper. Since plastic abounds in almost every consumer’s wallet, obtaining a merchant account has many benefits: more opportunities for sales, ...

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Microsoft Office has it all
(sorry, no ab cruncher)

Software developers definitely have a suite tooth. Computer-industry juggernauts Microsoft Corp., Corel Corp. and Lotus Development Corp. all push their powerful, all-encompassing and hard-disk- devouring office suites. Your home-business computer probably came with some version of one of these companies’ ...

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Small Business:
So you want to be an entrepreneur?

Anxiety is a way of life for entrepreneurs, even if the business is turning large profits and they love going to work every day, owners say. The freedom and flexibility they craved are there–but so are the long hours, heavy ...

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Anatomy of a fund
shows how it ticks

Nearly 8,000 mutual funds, adorned with ratings and best-buy stamps, claim to be the one for that profit-yearning investor. But what really makes a fund the one? What makes a fund a success? For some insight into that question, take ...

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Mutual Funds: What
really matters in fund ratings

The number of funds can prove perplexing, too. There are now 7,850 of them, says Abhay Deshpande, an analyst with Morningstar Inc. in Chicago. They outnumber listings of individual stocks on the New York Stock Exchange and probably have quadrupled ...

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Research carefully in
staking a claim overseas

For a small company, securing a presence in a foreign market can be a major challenge. This article, then, will help the small company, with little or no international experiences, identify the issues related to an overseas expansion. It also ...

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For foreign CEOs, US
is angst and opportunity

As the world becomes a global village, companies are finally realizing the benefits of difference. But behind the popular phrases of multiculturalism and diversity is a truth evident in these business leaders: Foreign CEOs and foreign-born professionals gain from having ...

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International Business: Investing in India

Early next month, Ram Shrivastava expects his 15-year investment in India to start paying dividends. Larsen International Inc., the international arm of his engineering company, expects to design the first hazardous- waste landfill in India, says Shrivastava, president of Larsen ...

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RIT, Xerox join forces in
new publishing center

“We realized that RIT is one of the best printing schools in the (United States). We asked ourselves, “If it’s like that here, what’s going on elsewhere?”’ says Godin. Enter one DocuTech, which became the centerpiece for RIT’s new Digital ...

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Local magazines aim for
designs with a message

Ever pick up your favorite glossy magazine at the newsstand and wonder how the pictures, words, fonts and colors all came together? Graphic designers hope not. Their goal is to make the pages look natural and effortless, so that readers ...

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Printing & Graphics: Building on a Trend

News earlier this month that the Atlanta-based Graphic Industries Inc. will buy Monroe Graphics Inc. and combine it with Monroe Litho Inc. was greeted with little surprise among Rochester’s tight-knit printing community. If the sale goes through, the firm resulting ...

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Ah, I remember ye well,
dear old Mr. Underwood

Blunt, 72, had a close relationship with a friend named Underwood for more than 50 years. In fact, they were almost inseparable since first getting acquainted in 1946. Then, a few weeks ago, Blunt dropped Underwood, literally, and, for all ...

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Information Technology: Is this Mac’s final hour?

Circle the answer that best completes the following: The Macintosh computer: a) lost the battle with Microsoft Corp. and now fights for survival and relevance; b) has embarked on a new course that will finally prove to all it is ...

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