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Banks often lend less than helping hand to small firms

God knows there isn’t a business bank in this town that is not primed to serve small companies. Community-conscious officers sensitive to the frailties of tiny businesses are standing by to service, service, service. Ranks of them. In all the ...

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Law clarifies disclosure on “stigmatized” property

Gov. George Pataki recently signed a bill sent to him by the New York State Legislature that protects the privacy rights of sellers with respect to certain potentially stigmatizing conditions. The new law clarifies once and for all the disclosure ...

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Space checklist

Interior elements: acoustics, ceiling heights, wall locations and finishes, carpet quality, floor efficiency, lighting type and quantity, presence of columns, and type and location of windows. Heating and cooling: whether they are tenant-controlled and available after normal business hours. Amenities: ...

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More to space planning than ensuring it fits

Experts say several factors must come into play when planning for office space. Yet the most important aspect of the planning process is having a total understanding of the work environment. “Square footage is just one aspect of the process,” ...

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Location, marketing savvy equal strip-plaza success

But that fact begs the question: What makes a strip plaza successful in today’s retail environment? To begin with, consider the plaza’s size and location. Strip plazas can range from small neighborhood centers to sprawling plazas designed to draw traffic ...

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Downtown growth reverses trend toward suburban flight

What goes around is supposed to come around, and tenants, it seems, are coming around to downtown Rochester. The once tomblike Powers Building is repopulating. The formerly near-empty One City Centre leased a whacking 80,000 square feet to across-the-street neighbor ...

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With or without the IRS, valuation is a good idea

“It’s a growing area of litigation. If you have a closely held business worth $1 million (or more), you are almost guaranteed an estate-tax audit,” says Susan Vogel-Vanderson, a Fairport attorney who chairs the Monroe County Bar Association’s trust and ...

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Promotion partnerships pack a punch

No, CEO Wemett does not actually dine with all of his customers. Instead, through a cross-promotion with six Rochester-area restaurants, he makes free dinners available to those who buy cellular phones. The restaurants benefit because, although the phone buyer dines ...

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Married to the job:
Couples find synergy at work

Robert and Sharon MaHarry share more than a last name, more than a marriage. The two own and operate the MaHarrys Inc. advertising agency, and their relationship evolves over 24 hours from husband and wife to husband-wife small-business owners, and ...

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Resources for Rochester-area small businesses

ADA Collaborative The Rochester Center for Independent Living Inc. 758 South Ave. Rochester, N.Y. 14620 461-3250 Fax: 271-8558 Contact: Tim Weider Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce 70 S. Main St., Ste. 330 Canandaigua, N.Y. 14424 394-4400 Fax: 394-4546 Contact: Gail O’Brien ...

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Equity partners can help owners maintain control

“I am frustrated–everything I own is tied up in my business! How can I take money out of the business when I need all the capital I can get my hands on to fund future growth? Can I sell, still ...

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Keep an ear out to know when your number is up

Some of the most basic items in telecommunications are the most vexing. What if something we took for granted simply failed to work anymore? What if the world ran out of telephone numbers? It sounds like a mathematical impossibility, but ...

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Forget the programmer: Software customizing is catching on

“An office suite is an integrated package that lets you use a word processor, a spreadsheet, a data base and more often than not, some form of presentation graphics software, so that you’ve got a complete unit,” says Debra Pfundstein, ...

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And now, here’s
the flip side on jobs

Perhaps not yet, but information technology experts say data processing or data-entry jobs, and systems-maintenance positions likely will disappear as new technology spreads throughout the business world. “Any job that is routine can be automated,” says Aisha Ajayi, associate professor ...

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Change today means
new jobs tomorrow

The field of information technology– the interaction of communication with computers–changes so rapidly, it is nearly impossible to predict safely where the industry and the jobs will exist in the future, industry officials say. “Frankly, we haven’t figured out what ...

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