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FastStart: His early lessons help others set their future

At work, James Smith is constantly reminded of who he used to be—a kid trying to succeed in a tough environment. As the district executive director of the YMCA of Greater Rochester for the Carlson MetroCenter, Lewis Street and Maplewood ...

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Companies rely on banks, in-market agents for expertise on exporting

International trade offers businesses opportunity for growth. Furthermore, advancements in financial services technology and changes to trade agreements and regulatory reform make it easier for businesses to establish and strengthen ties to overseas companies and markets. Just how big is ...

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Ouote of The Week

“My father was always grateful for the blessings that had been bestowed on him and our family, and was anxious to share those blessings.” — Broadstone Real Estate LLC chairman and CEO Amy Tait, on her father, Norman Leenhouts, who ...

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Active learning addresses messy real-world issues

It is vital for corporate structures to consider and integrate information in making decisions aligned with a central business vision. And the amount of information we must harness and digest continues to increase as the pace of technological innovation continues ...

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No immunity from cyberattacks and data breaches in 2016 and beyond

The year 2016 certainly demonstrated that no one is immune from cyberattacks and data breaches. In fact, more data breaches were reported last year than ever before. While news headlines tended to focus on prominent businesses, celebrities and politicians, the ...

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The new year will bring new economic challenges

As noted here last week, it’s hard to find much fault with the length of the current recovery. Modest inflation has played an important role. Most inflation indicators in 2016 remained below the Federal Open Market Committee’s target. My prediction ...

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Failed home sales increase across upstate

The percentage of failed home sales agreements—defined as properties whose sale status reverts to “for sale” after having been listed as “active contingent” or “pending”—increased significantly in the largest upstate New York metropolitan areas last year, according to a study ...

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SEEN

The Monroe Community College Foundation November 17: The Monroe Community College Foundation hosted its 27th annual Salute to Excellence at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. More than 350 guests celebrated the leadership and philanthropy of JPMorgan Chase & ...

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EXPLORE

Dog days Rochester native Jennifer Cody, above, stars in “Sylvia,” an adult comedy playing at Geva Theatre Center through Feb. 5. After empty-nesters Greg and Kate sell their suburban home and move to Manhattan, Greg brings home a stray labradoodle, ...

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Traditional performance reviews increasingly seen as unhelpful

“It is time for us to do performance appraisals for our teams, and I have to say I can’t think of a bigger waste of time.  The forms the company wants us to use don’t align well with people’s current ...

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ECONOMYTRACK

There were a few surprises in 2016: Brexit, the vote to break the United Kingdom from the European Union; the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years; Army beating Navy in football for the ...

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FastStart: Designing spaces that make people feel good

Design determines a building’s physical features. But a good design takes into account the way the building will feel to its occupants.  Kristin Schuster, a project architect and associate at SWBR Architects, focuses on marrying practical design with creativity. The ...

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