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New phone services raise
ethical, legal privacy issues

Offerings are heating up because of the virgin competitive nature of the telecommunications marketplace in the Rochester area, the first U.S. city to take this open-market plunge. And the tide of enhanced products and services looks to continue. But this ...

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Critical first steps define strategy for business sale

You’ve decided to sell your business. You may be burned out and ready to move on, or it just may be time to retire. The pending capital-gains legislation may be the catalyst that confirms your decision. Either way, the question ...

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Marketing on cheap
lets creativity shine

For most small businesses, however, such tactics really are dreams. Most can afford only modest marketing. But area marketing experts say modest does not have to mean meager. “Small businesses don’t have the marketing money to advertise on the Super ...

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Advisory boards help boost
small businesses’ potential

Experts in the small-business arena continue to espouse the benefits of small-business owners tapping into the advisory-board concept. In contrast to a formal corporate board of directors, advisory boards comprise a few trusted advisers who typically are not paid much ...

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New business court aims
for expeditious resolution

Labeling the local Supreme Court justices anti-business would be a good way to make trouble. Rochester’s judges have a reputation for moving commercial cases faster and better than most courts in the state. Another way to make trouble would be ...

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Accessible housing not so accessible

A child loses the use of his legs and no longer can walk up and down stairs. An aging couple wants to remain in their own home. Situations like these mean people cannot rely on conventional housing to meet their ...

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Use fact, feeling
to pick architect

Where do you begin to get help? Whom do you call? Your local contractor can help to a degree. But suppose an architect is required for the job. The American Institute of Architects advises that you talk to an architect ...

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Information overload often
leads to a building overhaul

In 1989, Allstate Insurance Co. moved its Western New York regional headquarters into a new building in a 2-year-old Fairport office park. The building it occupied was built specially for Allstate and, theoretically, could have served the company for a ...

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Appreciating complexities helps build better system

There have been reports recently about increased utilization of inpatient hospital services among members of Preferred Care, with the possible consequences of its affiliated physicians losing much of their “withhold” this year to make up the difference and hospitalizations being ...

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Flu clinics help
trim sick days

“Annually, 383 million work and school days are disrupted because of the flu,” says Christa Burkert, assistant director of public relations at Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County Inc. The flu not only disrupts the lives of the ...

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Kits help launch
wellness programs

Interested in starting an employee-wellness program at your company? The American Heart Association’s Heart at Work Program offers employers a plethora of prevention-oriented kits to get you started: –Living the Active Life: This program motivates and teaches employees to lead ...

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Focus on fitness reduces injuries, downtime

Back injuries always have been around, but now they are just as likely to occur as a result of sitting in a poorly designed office chair all day, as they are from lifting product in the warehouse or from improper ...

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Employers: Wake up about sleep deprivation

Donald Greenblatt M.D., director of St. Mary’s Hospital’s Sleep Disorder Center of Rochester, fears that ours has become a sleep-deprived society. He explains that in these fast-paced times, when it is admirable and often necessary to stay late at the ...

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Environmental insurance an issue regardless of size

Environmental pollution has resulted in one of the great business and social catch-22s to appear on the horizon in years: environmental insurance. On the one hand, companies that can afford environmental insurance do not buy it because they have the ...

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