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CD-ROM
offers lessons

In an effort to boost interest in manufacturing careers, the National Association of Manufacturers has developed a multimedia educational program it is distributing free of charge to junior and senior high schools across the country. “Make It! America” is a ...

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Product liability ongoing
concern for manufacturers

What if the company that purchases the drapes doesn’t sterilize them properly, subsequently wreaking havoc in operating rooms? Innovation Packaging would be an innocent bystander, having relinquished any liability responsibility when the product was sold to the kit maker, right? ...

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Software makes short work of multiple manufacturing tasks

When Factura switched over to its new software system in January, managers at the Rochester manufacturer figured they wouldn’t reap anticipated rewards from the state-of-the-art system for at least a year. They were wrong. “It saved us,” says William Graham, ...

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New legislation offers tax
relief for refinancing

Both houses of the New York State Legislature have approved a bill granting tax relief for home owners who refinance their mortgages, according to the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors Inc. Thinking of refinancing your home? Then this piece of ...

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Hilton tries to balance growth
with desire for small-town feel

Best known in the region for its apple festival, Hilton recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. This village of 5,250 in the western Monroe County town of Parma began its second 100 years with four projects aimed at revitalizing its core ...

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Changing work relationship makes values a tougher sell

This is the age of the New Employment Contract. “The values, the realities are that with downsizing (and) contract labor, (employers) have clearly broken the commitment to long-term employment,” says Kenneth Rabinowitz, president of Professional Development Group Inc., a Rochester ...

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Adaptable culture
increases agility

You often hear consultants, human resources professionals and even senior managers talk about the need to change the culture of an organization. But there seems to be a lot of confusion about what specific cultural elements need changing in order ...

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A new review process
puts meat in motivation

(First Person is a new column featuring local businesspeople relating, in their own words, experiences and lessons that have shaped their company’s development. The goal is to inspire and inform others through first-person accounts.) Most firms understand the importance of ...

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Direct-selling
facts & figures

–Estimated 1996 U.S. retail sales: $17.94 billion –Percent of sales by major product groups: Personal-care products (cosmetics, jewelry, skin care, etc.): 38.8 percent Home/family products (cleaning products, cookware, etc.): 34.4 percent Wellness products (weight-loss products, vitamins, etc.): 9.2 percent Leisure/educational ...

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Direct-selling field gaining respect

And it’s attracting a new breed of professional–those who want the flexibility of working from home and the rewards reaped from strictly pay-for- performance efforts. Though some still view direct selling with skepticism–calling it at best, a fad, and at ...

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For more information…

The following agencies and organizations give free advice on tax questions, including home-office deductions: Internal Revenue Service –Order Publication 587, “Business Use of Your Home,” by calling 800- 829-3676. Other helpful materials, including Publication 910, which lists available guides, can ...

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Home-office deductions require
many careful calculations

Tax accountant John Curran says the Internal Revenue Service once disallowed a deduction for a home office because the business owner was storing fishing poles and other personal items in a spare bedroom he used as an office. He was ...

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Home-business resources

Local assistance –Micro Business Alliance of the Greater Rochester Area: Anne Kaplan at 256-1209 or Mary Malaszek at 442-9808 –Rural Opportunities Inc.: 546- 7180 Web sites –American Home Business Association: http://www.homebusiness. com. It includes information on the group, plus references ...

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Home business more accepted, but not for all

When Louise Novros started her home-based secretarial service two decades ago, it was something of a novelty. “There were the cottage industries like crafts and some secretarial work,” she says. “But we (still) were really looked down upon.” Novros says ...

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UR study shows nuclear remnants

Work being conducted by University of Rochester researchers shows that byproducts of nuclear activities can remain in the environment longer than previously thought. A team led by Udo Fehn, a professor in UR’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, is ...

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