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Welcome to the business page, a blog where I'll take you behind the scenes of greater Rochester's fast-changing economy. My name is Ben Rand, and I intend to introduce you to some of the personalities, concepts and events that make news in business here. I've been a business reporter for eight years in Rochester and a journalist for 18, working in four states. I grew up in Pittsford, but moved away after college for about a decade. My wife and I live in Irondequoit with our two children.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Tuesday Tips

A technical glitch prevented me from posting some interesting reading links yesterday. Which is fortunate, because it allows me to direct you to one of the more entertaining pieces of the day, about the phenomenon of Bob Barker, who is entering is 35th year with the Price is Right. Read the New York Times article here. Other notable business stories:
  • With more than 2,500 stores, Wal-Mart is obviously in the need of new horizons to conquer. It is apparently looking into more urban areas -- but may run headfirst into some municipal regulations. (Chicago Tribune.)
  • Rochester has an important auto industry heritage. So the events of the United Auto Workers convention, the first in four years, may be of interest. The union president says times are tough but there is reason for optimism. Here's a link to the text of his remarks. (Detroit Free Press.)
  • We're obviously not Pittsburgh, but the Steel City is showing that getting businesses to come back downtown is not impossible. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.)
  • Only in Hollywood can it be seen as disappointing when you generate $60 million over three days. I'm talking about the movie "Cars," the newest animated feature from the Pixar/Disney partnership. (L.A. Daily News.)
  • Companies around here trumpet when they land $2 million in venture capital. The company scored $36 million. (Philadelphia Inquirer.)

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