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A look into the law behind defamatory online user reviews (access required)

In the mid-1990s I was early on a legal career path that would eventually lead to becoming the general counsel for a multi-platform media company lauded as one of the success stories of the “.com days” and Nasdaq stock market. ...

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Rochester Advertising Federation’s R/ADWEEK begins today (access required)

R/ADWEEK, presented by the Rochester Advertising Federation, returns for its second year starting today. The five-day series of special events and programs features local and national creative leaders and speakers with a goal of inspiring and educating members of the ...

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Reinhard, Fournier win Business Person of the Year awards (access required)

Abby Reinhard of GP Flooring Solutions and Timothy Fournier of Conifer Realty won the Small Business Council of Rochester’s 2018 Business Person of the Year awards Thursday at a luncheon at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Reinhard ...

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An apology to our community

The cartoon that ran in the Friday, Oct. 19 issue of the Rochester Business Journal should never have been published. We take full responsibility and apologize for our mistake. It does not reflect the views of this publication or its staff....

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Dixon Schwabl’s Jessica Savage makes an impact with Girls on the Run

This article was featured in RBJ’s Path to Excellence magazine published June 22, 2018. As a leader in a woman-owned organization, Jessica Savage knows the importance of encouraging women in their careers and developing their confidence and leadership skills. So ...

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Candid Conversation: Tom Bonadio and Nadine General

The Rochester Business Journal has honored business people of all age groups through its many awards programs. This candid conversation provides the opportunity for a recent Forty Under 40 winner to talk to a recent ICON Honors award winner about ...

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My second office: New City Café

As executive director of Connected Communities, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and revitalizing the Beechwood and EMMA neighborhoods, LaShunda Leslie-Smith makes it a priority to get out into those communities as much as possible. “I am ...

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Snap Poll: Majority wants to wait for congressional election (access required)

Candidates have started to emerge to replace Louise Slaughter as the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 25th District. But even once the field is set, the question of when someone will be elected remains. Gov. Andrew Cuomo can call ...

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Readers pick Lake Ontario flooding as the biggest local business story of 2017 (access required)

The flooding that ravaged the coastline of Lake Ontario was the top local business story of 2017, according to a Rochester Business Journal survey of readers. The flooding began in April after three big rainstorms caused the lake level to rise to more than a foot and a half above normal. Many people blamed the flooding on the International Joint Commission’s Plan 2014, which regulates water levels and flows for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

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Mary Cariola Children’s Center

Mary Cariola Children’s Center announces the following new board members: Marco Alteri, founder and CEO of All-American Home Care; Robert Baxter III, CEO of Waterford Development of Reston, Va.; Anne Francis M.D., clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of ...

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RBJ shifts to digital first

The Rochester Business Journal is taking another exciting step forward in its digital transformation today: We are now a digital-first operation. The weekly print publication will continue to be packed with robust local business news, as it has been for ...

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From humble beginnings to a worldwide brand

This story appeared in the RBJ’s Rochester Business Hall of Fame 2017 section. See more content from this section here. Rob Sands had big shoes to fill when he took over as president and CEO of Constellation Brands in 2007. His father, Marvin Sands, ...

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RBJ launches Women of Excellence awards

The Rochester Business Journal will launch a new program to honor women in business next year—the Women of Excellence awards. Rochester Business Journal Publisher Suzanne Fischer-Huettner announced the new program Thursday at the Rochester Business Journal’s Women’s Leadership Summit. The ...

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RBJ has evolved along with Rochester

Much has changed in the 30 years since the first Rochester Business Journal weekly issue appeared on Oct. 5, 1987—both for the publication and the community it covers. These three decades have seen Eastman Kodak Co., Xerox Corp.  and Bausch ...

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