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Shops with a cause

Are the mall crowds getting to you? Do you wish your holiday dollars were going a bit farther than out of your pocket and into a cash register? Gift shops operated by local non-profit organizations may be your answer. The ...

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Despite security fears,
cyber-retail is on the rise

This isn’t the season when most of us have time to languish in front of a toasty fire. Visions of bustling mall crowds and of slogging through the snow and cold are a staple of many holiday revelers. But for ...

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‘Tis the season for
crooks to ruin the holiday spirit

This woman, as innocent as she may appear to the average customer, has just committed the crime most likely to occur during the holiday season. Shoplifting, especially during the holiday season, worries many store owners. “We all face this problem ...

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Shop hours

–American Red Cross, Greater Rochester chapter: open 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed Saturday and Sunday. –George Eastman House: open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday. ...

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Craft fair with a cause helps
keep the holidays in perspective

Lest you forget the true meaning of the holiday season, a local peace and justice organization is crafting a timely reminder with its 19th annual Alternative Celebration Fair. To be held Dec. 6 and 7 at the First Unitarian Church ...

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Systems operators scrambling to defuse two-digit time bomb

The new millennium promises huge celebrations, fireworks and parties. It also threatens to wreak havoc on computer systems worldwide. Businesses using older computers and software have slightly more than three years–and in many cases less–to defuse the “Millennium Bomb,” less ...

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Weigh needs to identify top cellular-phone option

In their ranks are corporate sales professionals on call for clients, working mothers who need to be in touch with family and co-workers, and senior citizens who feel more secure with a phone nearby at all times. Their needs are ...

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PSC proposes
ban on ‘slamming’

The Rochester area’s open-market local telephone service would be one of the first areas affected by proposed rules to ban “slamming” customers. The state Public Service Commission this week issued proposed rules against slamming designed to protect consumers in competitive ...

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For some firms,
leasing provides cost advantage

Many ask whether computers are not cheap enough to simply finance by credit card. But, according to local business advisers, leasing makes sense for some businesses. “You can expense lease costs where you’d have to depreciate the purchase cost, which ...

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What the judges picked, and why, in Web context

The Rochester Business Journal, along with co-sponsor WOKR-TV 13, recently asked readers and viewers to pick the top business-related World Wide Web sites in the nine-county Rochester-Finger Lakes region. Dozens of sites received votes. In addition, a panel of judges ...

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Charitable trusts offer perks for wallet, heart

Charitable giving has become creative. As individual contributions decline, local charities have instituted creative investment and income-generating opportunities for donors. The term most often used is “planned giving”–programs offered by charitable organizations to enable donors to make contributions while receiving ...

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Plan carefully if mixing business, pleasure travel

Or you take a six-day business trip to New Orleans and stop in Atlanta on the way home to spend three days with your parents. When tax time rolls around, you get an Internal Revenue Service reward for your astute ...

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Small firms benefit from mix of accounting tactics

If you have the accounting knowledge, do-it-yourself accounting for the start-up is not that hard, says Thomas Hildebrandt, a partner in the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche LLP. “In the beginning, there’s little revenue and a lot of expenses.” As ...

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Puffers find smoking accommodations a drag

Karen, a seven-month employee of Fleet Mortgage, doesn’t much like the company’s smoking accommodations. Enough smokers work at the facility to warrant an inside room, but Fleet sends them outside, anyway, she complains, bracing against a chill October wind as ...

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Architects debate use of computers in design

His partner, however, was dead set against what he saw as a staggering investment, DeWolff says, and the partnership split. Today, project architects at the firm do all phases of their work on computers. In addition, DeWolff is on the ...

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