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New state measure amends Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013

In December 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013. The NPRA contained many welcome changes for nonprofit organizations and eased the burdens relating to certain major corporate transactions. The NPRA also included changes directed ...

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Construction projects wanted

In the April 14 Special Report on Real Estate and Construction: Green Building, the Rochester Business Journal is planning again to feature local “works in progress”—construction projects that have broken ground in the six-county region but are not yet completed. ...

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Designing spaces that work well, feel good

Unbeknownst to her, Jackie Driscoll started preparing for her career at age eight. Her parents, both architects, decided to build their own home. Their daughter was ready to spackle, paint and learn about an industry that she would make her ...

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Moral courage is an indispensable virtue to avoid ethical lapses

Many moons ago, I was a Rochester Institute of Technology undergraduate engineering student proud to have landed my first co-op job at a Mobil oil refinery in Buffalo. I’ll never forget my first day on the job. A batch of ...

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U.S. policies could severely chill charitable giving

“Ironically, the very fact that democracy has such a lengthy history has actually contributed to confusion and disagreement, for ‘democracy’ has meant different things to different people at different times and places.” —Robert Dahl Pay attention, Mr. Archibald! During my ...

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Senior management plays favorites, displeasing group’s leader

“As a team leader and project manager, I pride myself on knowing the people on my team—who the high and low performers are and what their strengths and weaknesses are. I’m very unhappy with the way senior level management is ...

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Quote of the Week

“Sheppard has to come up with a compelling reason for people to vote for him and against her.” —St. John Fisher College professor James Bowers on James Sheppard, the Monroe County legislator and former Rochester police chief who is gearing ...

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NONPROFITREPORT: The Nature Conservancy

A Weekly Profile of a Local Nonprofit Organization The Nature Conservancy’s Central & Western New York chapter works to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people and is responsible for the protection and restoration of more than ...

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Fed faces difficult call on level of rates

Federal Open Market Committee Chair Janet Yellen made a West Coast swing recently to discuss the progress being made in the economy. She suggested that the economy is “close” to maximum employment and price stability, citing the long-held goals of ...

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Private workers’ compensation rose 2.2% in 2016

Total compensation costs for U.S. private industry workers—including wages, salaries and employer  benefit costs—increased by 2.2 percent in 2016, according to the Employment Cost Index report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Tuesday. The increase follows a 1.9 ...

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EXPLORE

Climb aboard Wanna get away? Escape winter this weekend at the Greater Rochester Boat Show. All kinds of boats and watercraft will be on display and for sale: fishing boats, sport boats, kayaks, jet skis, pontoon boats and cruisers (such ...

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Nonprofit Report: Mercy Bridges

A Weekly Profile of a Local Nonprofit Organization Mercy Bridges, a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy, provides adults, including immigrants and refugees regardless of religious affiliation, basic literacy education and English as a second language, with compassion and acceptance, ...

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Finding efficiencies in workplace can optimize employee well-being

In 2017, workplaces are anticipating tremendous change in time management and the structure of the work- day. Technology makes workers more mobile, with seemingly daily developments and improvements in accessing information. By definition, efficiency—working in a well-organized and competent way—helps ...

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Prepare for total reworking of business taxes under GOP proposal

President Donald Trump, along with the Republican-controlled Congress, has promised comprehensive tax reform, and the biggest changes to the tax code since the Tax Reform Act of 1986 may soon be a reality. Trump’s proposals are short on details, but ...

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