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  • At 50, VP Supply has just posted annual sales exceeding $100M for first time.

  • Edward Gigliotti suffered for two years before finding cure and new life.

  • Jane Shukitis embraces her new challenge as the president and CEO of Visiting Nurse Service.

  • Where to Meet, Where to Stay is a hospitality guide for the upstate region.

  • The Downtown Innovation Zone signals a new attitude for Rochester's center city.

  • Empire Valuation takes on a wide range of projects.

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  • Excellus paid top 10 managers
    $7.4 million last year

    Excellus BlueCross BlueShield paid its 10 top managers a total of $7.4 million last year, down 1 percent from the $7.5 million it paid a similar group a year ago, Excellus’ 2014 annual filing with the state Department of Financial Services shows.
  • VirtualScopics posts bigger loss for Q4, year
    VirtualScopics Inc. on Thursday reported a net loss for the fourth quarter of $1.1 million, or 38 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $1 million, or 35 cents a share, in the fourth quarter a year ago.
  • State audit criticizes RGRTA salary bonuses
    An audit by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has found top executives at Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority collected 57 percent of the organization’s salary bonuses over a three-year period because the authority rewarded collective achievements instead of individual efforts.
  • Most oppose free community college
    Saying Americans need more knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a growing global economy without piling up decades of debt, President Barack Obama has proposed bringing the cost of two years of community college “down to zero.” A majority of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll are not sold on the idea, though.
  • 'American Pickers' coming to Canandaigua
    The television show “American Pickers” will be filming in Canandaigua next month.
  • Webster T-shirt dealer accused of copyright infringement
    Webster T-shirt dealer Eric Bauman cannot escape the long arm of U.S. copyright law, a California company claims.
  • Amherst engineering firm opens Rochester office
    Wendel WD Architecture, Engineering, Surveying & Landscape Architecture PC has opened an office downtown.
  • Family donates $1.5M to establish pediatric cardiac surgery chair
    The family of Tansukh Ganatra—retired Rochester and North Carolina telecommunications executive—has donated $1.5 million to establish a University of Rochester Medical Center endowed chair of pediatric cardiac surgery, URMC officials said Thursday.
  • Frontier, Victor Merchants Group partner
    Frontier Communications Corp. and the Victor Merchants Group are partnering to support the town and village of Victor, officials said.
  • Digital Rochester launches workforce development series
    Digital Rochester Inc. is launching its first “Workforce Development Month” next week, which is a series of events that bring tech talent and leading employers together, officials said.
  • Marriott honors DelMonte hotels
    The DelMonte Hotel Group has been awarded a Gold and Silver Circle Award by Marriott International.

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Most oppose free community college
Saying Americans need more knowledge and skills to meet the demands of a growing global economy without piling up decades of debt, President Barack Obama has proposed bringing the cost of two years of community college “down to zero.” A majority of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll are not sold on the idea, though.

When profits, financial aid mix in higher ed
It is very likely that students lose from large tuition premiums charged by for-profit institutions.
In the zone
Many economic development strategies rely on special funding and tax breaks; by contrast, the Rochester Downtown Innovation Zone is an idea and an attitude, which together could prove to be a powerful magnet.
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