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Author Archives: Ben Jacobs

Rochester Biz Conversations: Teresa Galbier, Chapter Executive of Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester and the Finger Lakes

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Teresa Galbier, chapter executive for the Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester and the Finger Lakes, joins the RBJ to discuss her organization's response to the pandemic, its 40th anniversary this year, what companies can do to support employees who are caregivers for family members with dementia, and more.

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Gerard Rooney, St. John Fisher College

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St. John Fisher College President Gerard Rooney joins the RBJ to discuss the college's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the surprises and silver linings from the past year, his outlook for the rest of this year, and more.

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Zach Sarkis, NY HempLab, FLWR CITY Collective

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Zach Sarkis, founder and executive director of the NY HempLab and founder of FLWR CITY Collective, joins the RBJ to discuss the impact of legalizing recreational marijuana in New York, how the bill ensures social and racial justice, the timeline ...

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Rochester Business Conversations: Michael Hess, Waste Harmonics

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Michael Hess, president and CEO of Waste Harmonics, joins the RBJ to talk about the pandemic's effect on waste management, Waste Harmonics' success amid a challenging year, his outlook for the rest of this year, and more

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RBJ’s Power 100 List 2021

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When we decided to launch our Power List series, we knew it would be a difficult task to select just 100 power players in the Rochester community for our inaugural Power 100 list. It definitely was. But we are pleased ...

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Wade Norwood, Common Ground Health

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Common Ground Health CEO Wade Norwood joins the RBJ to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the pandemic’s effect on inequitable health outcomes in our community, Common Ground Health’s goals for the near future, and more. WATCH VIDEO This item is ...

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Jerome Underwood, Action for a Better Community

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Jerome Underwood, president and CEO of Action for a Better Community, joins the RBJ to discuss ABC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent “Racism is a Public Health Crisis — Attacking the 2 Pandemics” virtual conference, the obstacles to addressing ...

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Rochester Biz Conversations: Erica Mangers, Watermark Retirement Communities

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Erica Mangers, an executive director with Watermark Retirement Communities, joins the RBJ to talk about Watermark’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization’s approach to vaccinations, silver linings from the past year and more. WATCH VIDEO This item is part of ...

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A year like no other (access required)

Cars line up to enter the COVID-19 testing tents at Rochester General Hospital in March. (Photo by Kate Melton)

When the RBJ began soliciting input from readers on the top local business stories of 2020, there was little doubt about what would garner the most votes. The COVID-19 pandemic changed business, and life in general, in ways large and ...

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