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N.Y. foreclosure inventory rate improves

New York’s foreclosure inventory rate, representing the percentage of homes with a mortgage that are in some stage of foreclosure, declined to 3.2 percent in May from 3.7 percent in May 2015, according to the most recent National Foreclosure Report ...

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Mobile banking for businesses reliable, efficient

According to a December 2015 Javelin report on mobile banking, one in 10 Americans became first-time mobile bankers in 2015. At the same time, a combined 57 million more customers began using smartphones and tablets—the highest year-over-year growth ever experienced ...

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Consumer confidence on the rise in New York

New Yorkers in general have become more optimistic over the past two years, with statewide confidence in the consumer marketplace reaching its highest point since the winter of 2007 and approaching the national level, according to the Quarterly New York ...

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Real differences separate managers from leaders

Are “manager” and “leader” just different words that describe the same function? In a word, no. In this column, I will share my thoughts about the distinctions between managing and leading. First, a caution: Despite the distinctions, good managers exercise ...

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Nonprofit Report: Seneca White Deer Inc.

Seneca White Deer Inc. takes its name from the distinctive white deer that roam 10,000 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot between Cayuga and Seneca lakes. The organization is dedicated to the animals’ preservation and recently received good news ...

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Women in leadership roles: It’s about performance, not gender

The movement continues—women are progressing into leadership positions and making a significant impact. Forbes magazine recently published its list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women and stated that “nearly half run a global company. … In all, they control ...

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Less dramatic, but video coverage of N.Y. civil trials sure to come

Will civil courts in New York soon allow video coverage of portions of civil cases? Will portions of your next business dispute be live-streamed from the courthouse to the internet? The answers to these questions may surprise you. One of ...

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Fast Start: Numbers tell a story

From RBJ’s online edition, here’s how outsiders measure Rochester on life-quality and employment issues. Millennials, take note: Released in June, Fortune magazine’s second annual list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials has two Rochester companies. Coming in at No. ...

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Weak business climate, cautious consumers hinder growth

It seems that some things never change. First quarter U.S. GDP growth for 2014, 2015 and 2016 all slowed dramatically from the preceding year’s fourth quarter. All three first quarters saw slower consumer spending, and two of the three saw ...

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High cost of excessive employee turnover needs to be quantified

“I am new to this company (a professional services firm). As a key member of the HR team, I have been watching how project work is being distributed and handled. I notice that some teams are overworked to the point ...

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Nonprofits can benefit from an effective outside manager

“The times they are a-changin’.” — Bob Dylan Technology has seen to it that the business practices of our world are being rewritten on an annual basis. Progress that may have taken decades to accomplish in the 20th century now ...

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