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The 2016 Bills are banking on Taylor-made playoff run

If this truly is to become a “New Era” in Buffalo Bills history that goes beyond the stadium’s recently sold naming rights, quarterback Tyrod Taylor must go from being good to very good. And it would really help if he ...

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Be proactive with workplace violence prevention

Last year on Dec. 2, a county health department in California held a training session for its employees in a reserved conference room. The shooting that occurred during what began as a typical workplace event in San Bernardino continues to ...

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Human resources leaders deserve a seat at the table

I recently spoke at a regional event for the Society of Human Resource Professionals where I covered insights about the human resource professional’s role in an organization, technology’s role in supporting culture change, and the overall responsibility for measuring the ...

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Nonprofit Report: The Optimist Club of Greater Rochester Inc.

The Optimist Club of Greater Rochester Inc. was chartered as a member of the Optimist International organization on Sept. 27, 2015. It is a nonprofit service organization and is one of more than 2,500 clubs in Optimist International. Members work ...

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Financing new equipment at end of year even smarter in 2016

For many businesses, the fourth quarter is the perfect time to assess the company’s performance over the past 12 months and begin planning for the coming year. In addition to profits, losses and sales projections, it’s important to keep in ...

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Ontario County scores high on index of economic activity

Ontario ranks first among local counties—and is among the top 10 percent nationally—for the amount invested in its local economy, according to a study published Aug. 25 by the financial technology company SmartAsset. Using recent data, the study ranked U.S. ...

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A short primer on how to perform ethical espionage

A decade ago, I spoke with Pamela McGuire, senior vice president and deputy general counsel for business practices and compliance at PepsiCo, about an ethics issue that crossed her desk that caught the attention of the national media. At the ...

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Nonprofit Report: East House Corp.

East House Corp.East House Corp. is a private, nonprofit agency serving individuals with persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorder with the goal of helping them to live independent and fulfilling lives. Through a network of services, which includes supported ...

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Fast Start: What’s new

Molly Kearns, manager,  Old Hilltop Market Age: 21 Your roots: Webster Tell us about the new business you’re involved in. Old Hilltop Market is on Empire Boulevard in Penfield. We sell all locally made and crafted goods. We carry items ...

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Mediocre GDP growth makes rate hike less likely

With first-quarter U.S. GDP growth in the books at a paltry 0.8 percent, all eyes were anticipating a better second quarter. Last month’s first estimate of second-quarter growth stunned many writers, increasing only a modest 1.2 percent annualized. I was ...

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Text or email: Deciding on the proper form of communication

“I know that technology makes some business etiquette questions a moving target, but I’m having trouble with a new trend among some of my younger colleagues to use texting to communicate important business messages both internally and with our clients. ...

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Challenged, nerve-racked and in charge

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In nearly 15 years she has answered phones, learned how to lead, moved up the ranks and even started her own department at Dixon Schwabl Inc. Today Kathy Phelps leads the agency’s events division, which she created as vice president ...

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Blind swimmer has clear vision of life’s possibilities

Her parents were overly protective the first few years, and that was understandable. After all, Martha Ruether had been born 16 weeks premature and was legally blind. With no sight in her left eye and ultra-cloudy, 20/2400 vision in her ...

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Presidential candidates get $4.4M from upstate

As of July 31, residents of upstate metropolitan areas have contributed more than $4.4 million to presidential candidates in this year’s elections cycle, according to the most recent Federal Election Commission data. Aggregated by ZIP code, the FEC figures show ...

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Sometimes having a backup plan can limit success on main event

ABC’s Wide World of Sports television program ran from the 1960s through the 1990s, featuring sports that had not been covered on American television. The pioneering program introduced audiences to curling, powerlifting, Mexican cliff diving, and the Monaco Grand Prix ...

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