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Rochester Biz Conversations: Jaime Saunders, United Way

United Way President and CEO Jaime Saunders chats with the RBJ about changing leadership styles to adapt to COVID-19, the challenges of working during a pandemic, the work United Way has done to help the community throughout this crisis and more.

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‘Scattered Perimeter’ of workers requires new technology, approaches (access required)

The regulations enacted to fight the spread of COVID-19 have led to many employees throughout our region working remotely, which brings a host of concerns for local employers. Entre Computer Services, one of the oldest and largest managed IT services ...

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COVID-19 uncertainties slam brakes on M&A activity

Much like the financial markets it mirrors, mergers and acquisitions activity has declined dramatically due to the far-reaching uncertainty caused by COVID-19. While all business areas are affected by COVID-19, industries that have been hit the hardest include: the airlines, ...

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CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival canceled

The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival’s 19th edition will not take place as scheduled June 19-27 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Festival producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent said they hope to reschedule this year’s festival for the fall, and would offer all ...

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Muniga dives into nonprofit world as head of Cameron Community Ministries

Jennifer Muniga has been executive director of Cameron Community Ministries, an Urban Outreach Community Center in the Lyell-Otis Neighborhood, since 2011. In that role, she sees first-hand the impact of poverty on youth, as 98 percent of neighborhood residents live ...

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Sorting out what is ‘essential’

Many law firms are being inundated by questions from firms striving to comply with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s order to close all non-essential businesses in an effort to slow down the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve been on the phone and ...

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Lynch enjoys challenges of representing health care providers (access required)

Anna E. Lynch has been managing partner of the law firm of Underberg & Kessler LLP since 2004. A member of Underberg & Kessler’s Health Care and Corporate & Business Practice Groups, Lynch represents hospitals, long-term care providers, physicians and ...

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CaTyra Polland shares her passion for writing, entrepreneurship (access required)

CaTyra Polland is a published author who wanted to use her love for words to help others. Toward that end, she took on the task of starting her own company while continuing to work full time. Polland started Love For ...

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RBJ readers select top local stories of 2019 (access required)

The Rochester region had a wide array of major news events in 2019. The year saw the completion of major projects such as the Golisano Autism Center and the Schottland Family Branch of the YMCA. ROC the Riverway also moved ...

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Landsman named Management Company of the year (access required)

Landsman Real Estate Services Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Landsman Development Corp., has been named Management Company of the Year 2019 by the Institute of Real Estate Management. Landsman was founded more than 45 years ago by late Rochester ...

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Finger Lakes Ambulance names Albert Kalfass executive director (access required)

Finger Lakes Ambulance EMS Inc. has announced the appointment of Albert L. Kalfass as executive director. Kalfass replaces Kathleen Greeley, who served as interim executive director after parent company G.W. Lisk completed a review of the ambulance service. Greeley joined ...

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New Bonadio Group employees create cards for kids for the holidays (access required)

In an effort to familiarize 52 assistant accountants who joined the firm this week with the company’s philosophy, the new hires kicked off the holiday season Wednesday by crafting holiday cards to donate to Cardz for Kidz! Cardz for Kidz! ...

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Cancer screening for common types crucial for effective treatment (access required)

In most types of cancer, early detection through a screening process is crucial for effective cancer treatment and for the patient’s chances of survival. People in a high risk of cancer group need to have more frequent screening and must ...

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Girl Scouts embrace environmental concerns with new initiative (access required)

The Girl Scouts of Western New York (GSWNY) are partaking in a new nationwide Girl Scouts U.S.A. (GSUSA) initiative called  “Girl Scouts Love State Parks” on July 13-14. The idea is to bring scouts and their families into the outdoors ...

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Comedian Mike Birbiglia to headline KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival (access required)

The KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival announced today that Mike Birbiglia will be the comedy headliner, performing at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Two of Birbiglia’s shows—My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes—were ...

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