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Environmentalists fight moves to ease regulatory enforcement

Moves to streamline environmental regulations are only in the beginning stages. Still, Stouffer says the rhetoric, budget proposals and bills that have surfaced so far are cause for concern. For example, this year’s budget proposal includes substantial cuts for the ...

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Organized labor looks back at productive year

The local labor community provides a strong and vibrant voice for Rochester’s working men and women. This voice is heard loud and clear due to the hard work of the rank-and-file membership and leadership of the 120 union locals affiliated ...

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Strikes no longer
weapon of choice

“You won’t want to put the company out of business, yet you want the best possible contract you can get,” says Frank Posato, president of the Teamsters union Local 118. “You’ve got to negotiate wisely; you’ve got to negotiate smarter.” ...

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New generation of labor leaders
grapples with issues of ’90s

The guard is changing for organized labor in Rochester. Over roughly the past 12 months, several of the Rochester area’s most prominent unions have seen aging leaders bow to younger ones. Some that have chosen 40-something heads to replace retiring ...

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Involving adult children
can help clarify wishes

Are you going to get a pension? Will you act as a paid consultant? Does the child who has never been involved inherit a share, get part of the profits and have a say in a business? Or does the ...

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Pros advise careful look
at revocable living trust

Proponents say the revocable living trust saves thousands of dollars in legal fees and avoids costly, time-consuming probate. Others say the benefits are overstated and oversold. As with all things legal, there are no simple answers, attorneys, financial planners and ...

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Protecting principal
Asset transfer proves unstable shield from savings spend-down

For even a hard-working, hard-saving person to roll through retirement with financial assets intact never has been an easy trick. Factor in the expenses of long-term care–along with the legal requirement to spend down assets to qualify for Medicaid–and it ...

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Monitoring agent
gets best value

Romolo Celli of Re/Max Wharton Associates says buyers and sellers should interview at least three agents on an employer-employee basis before entering into an agreement. “Don’t let fate choose your real estate agent for you,” Celli cautions. “Shop around and ...

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Some see new possibility
for alternatives to MLS

For two months, Michael and Jennifer Donoghue have had a for-sale-by-owner sign planted in front of their 877 S. Goodman St. home. So far, they have had a few lookers but no serious offers. If the Donoghues do not get ...

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Resources for Rochester-area small businesses

ADA Collaborative Rochester Center for Independent Living 758 South Ave. Rochester, N.Y. 14620 461-3250 Fax: 271-8558 Contact: Tim Weider The Business Exchange 215 Tremont St., Door No. 4 Rochester, N.Y. 14608 436-4377 Fax: 325-4864 Contact: Bonnie Flagg Canandaigua Chamber of ...

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Think of purchase or sale
as possible strategic tool

A number of corporations and private investment groups are constantly looking for strategic acquisitions to meet a variety of corporate objectives. These objectives can include: increased sales revenues, improved profitability, additional market share, new products and technological advancement. A recent ...

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Prep work helps companies
beat postal-rate increase

“There has been some increase in interest in automation since the first of the year. They are looking for a way to save a little,” says Carl Johnsen, mail piece design analyst at the U.S. Postal Service Business Center in ...

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City hopes stadium
scores for business

The hope is that a new stadium will boost attendance to Red Wings games and foster spin-off development of bars, shops and restaurants. But the experience of other cities that built new stadiums shows results can be mixed. Terrance Slaybaugh, ...

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Even great ideas need
a dose of market reality

Jane Plitt molded a shaky idea into a successful business. Her idea was to found a consulting firm that specialized in helping companies cut through government red tape. So in 1979, she left a job as an ombudsman for the ...

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