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Admissions to elite U.S. colleges: The case for a lottery (access required)

It is now late March and there is a considerable amount of anxiety among high school students, particularly those applying to elite colleges, about their admission prospects. To comprehend why the process for selecting applicants at such institutions is in ...

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Region’s energy innovation sector looks bright (access required)

Like the rest of the country, Greater ROC’s regional economy continues to make strides from the COVID-induced downturn. That recovery accelerated again in January after a one-month slowdown, pushing the region closer to its pre-pandemic job levels. Although job totals ...

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Sustainable manufacturing gaining popularity in the industry (access required)

When Seth Eshelman founded Staach in 2006, his focus on creating handcrafted furniture using sustainable methods and materials fell on somewhat deaf ears. Since then, however, consumer interest in sustainable processes and products has increased substantially, he notes. “There has ...

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Manufacturers, distributors prepping for economic reopening (access required)

It has been a long year with heavy focus on the present as people, businesses and governments battled crises and solved the immediate problems on hand, but with vaccination rates rising and COVID-19 cases slowing, manufacturers, distributors and other businesses ...

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New stimulus package provides further assistance to individuals, businesses (access required)

As millions of Americans continue to struggle from the financial impact of COVID-19, Congress approved — and President Joseph Biden signed — an additional $1.9 trillion in funding for individuals and businesses. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 follows ...

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Reopening the economy should be dictated by businesses and consumers (access required)

At the beginning of the pandemic one year ago, there was a swift, government shutdown of the economy. Today, one year later, reopening has begun, but the process will be quite different. It will most certainly not be mandatory and ...

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New law will require disclosure of entity owners (access required)

The United States is one of the easiest places in the world to set up a corporation or LLC without revealing any personal identifying information of those in charge. A new federal law enacted at the end of last year ...

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Local women business owners persevere through pandemic (access required)

Rochester is home to a number of minority women who are finding success as entrepreneurs even amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the stories of three of those women. Fatima Bayram If women’s spring fashion is going to make a ...

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Business leaders: Get ready for new union-friendly labor policies (access required)

“I want you to know I’m a union guy,” Joe Biden told business and labor union leaders in one of his first meetings as President-elect. “That’s not anti-business,” he explained, while making clear where he stands: “Unions are going to ...

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Social media success drives Sheila Dunne’s entrepreneurship (access required)

Sheila Dunne has come a long way since founding her business, Dunne Goodwin, as a freshman at Colgate University in Hamilton. From balancing a full course load, working catering for the dining hall to help pay for school and running ...

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Determining which cyber insurance policy is best for your company (access required)

As cybercrime continues to rise, companies are increasingly looking to obtain cyber insurance, but those in the field say it is important for businesses to know what types of policies are available and how they can best be used to ...

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