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Facing uncertainty,
firms opt to reinvent

In 1981, Leonard Simon, president of the Rochester-based Germanow-Simon Inc., found himself heading a firm that had become a latter-day equivalent of a blacksmith shop in a motorized world. For 65 years, Germanow-Simon had been a world leader in the ...

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Competitive moves threaten health care delivery

Do you recall the “Doomsday clock” that a group of atomic scientists used to show how closely we were approaching nuclear catastrophe? If we had a similar clock tracking the Rochester health system, it would show we were only a ...

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Physician-employer partnership
is healthy step for system

With this query I began a recent address to the board of directors of the Industrial Management Council. It was an effort to create a new paradigm of a vital relationship between employers and physicians. Traditionally, physicians have little relationship ...

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Open wide: Dentistry
is broadening its palate

“That’s the old way,” says Harry Rosen DDS, a general dentist who has practiced in the Rochester area for 18 years. On the cusp of dentistry today are technological advances that have greatly reduced tooth decay and loss. Also playing ...

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Centers sensitive
to diverse cultures

According to the most recent census data, more than 45,000 Monroe County residents are foreign-born; of those, more than 9,000 speak English poorly or not at all. They have come to Rochester from all over the world, and include significant ...

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Physician-hospital organizations
bring promise and problems

All over Rochester, hospitals are gathering physicians under their umbrellas in preparation for changes in the health care climate. The final stage of many of these gatherings, physician-hospital organizations, will allow hospitals to target employers and other insured groups for ...

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Retail importing thrives on a taste for the unusual

The shop on Ridge Road in Greece is one of the oldest retail import stores in the Rochester area. It specializes in one commodity: products from Ireland. “I’ve been in (importing) for 14 years. It’s been up and down. It ...

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Children of expatriates get
hands-on lessons in diversity

Another was a young child when he spent five years as an expatriate in Japan and then Mexico, but the lessons he learned have stuck by him even as he graduates from high school and prepares to study theater arts ...

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Race, sex complicate overseas jobs but need not pose obstacles

Thelma Moultrie confronted curiosity more than prejudice during her three years abroad. “People noticed I was a black female,” says Moultrie, a Xerox Corp. executive. “But what they also noticed was that I was a very successful businessperson.” On the ...

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Challenges are par for the woman entrepreneur

Women mean business: They employ 11 million people, more than the collective total of the Fortune 500 companies. Furthermore, women business owners defy the odds of failing: More than 40 percent of them have been in business 12 years or ...

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Ready for change, they blazed trails

Barbara Osterman wants to be her direct reports’ “conscience, counselor, worst nightmare and best support.” Charlotte Clarke is parlaying years of living and working around the world into a television program that gently prods viewers to step outside their cultural ...

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Taking maternity leave now means balancing act later

Kathleen Whelehan has paused her career seven times to take maternity leaves. The president of the Rochester/Southern region for Marine Midland Bank N.A. took off six weeks for each of her seven children, who range in age from 22 years ...

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Up-and-comers boost Ontario County economy

A dynamic team of managers puts Fishers-based Harris Electronic Design Automation Inc. on the list. “They’ve done some very progressive things in responding to their marketplace,” Manikowski says. “(The company has come) up with some very new and innovative products, ...

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Clifton Springs:
Immersed in history

Clifton Springs’ natural sulfur springs –thought to possess curative powers through drinking and bathing–drew thousands of visitors in the 1800s and early 1900s. Modern medicine ended these pilgrimages, but today health care remains the village’s biggest attraction, largest employer and ...

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On telecommunications through visionary eyes

Together, the telecommunications and information industries are now the biggest part of our economy. Bigger than cars. Bigger than food. Bigger than housing. Telecommunications alone constitutes more than 2 percent of the entire GNP. These industries have exploded in recent ...

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