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Workforce development, recruitment more important than ever here (access required)

Workforce development and talent strategy have emerged as priorities over the past year for the Finger Lakes region’s economic future. In response to this, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce has stepped up to start an exciting new chapter in the ...

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Here’s a tax tuneup for your nonretirement account (access required)

  Retirement accounts such as an IRA, a 401(k), a 403(b) or a 457 plan are a tax-efficient group of investment vehicles, inasmuch as the taxation of all income and capital gains generated by these accounts is deferred until funds ...

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Let’s heat up the Rochester labor market (access required)

The good news: New York has one of the largest and most robust workforces in the country. The bad: Low-wage jobs dominate the labor market. Of the occupations that make up over 1.7 million jobs, 90% of them pay less ...

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Nurse practitioners, physician assistants very much in demand (access required)

Kathy Peterson knew it was time to reinstate a nurse practitioner degree program at The College at Brockport upon reviewing local and national trends. “People are aware of the need for nurse practitioners,” says Peterson, who chairs the college’s nursing ...

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Soft skills taking greater role in medical students’ education (access required)

Rochester-area healthcare educators are preparing curriculums rich in technology at the same time there is competing pressure to ensure students are well-rounded in human-oriented disciplines. Daniel Ornt, a medical doctor and vice president and dean of Rochester Institute of Technology’s ...

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Effective digital advertising begins with the creative (access required)

Remember the good old days when advertising was easy? There was a morning newspaper that almost everyone read. There were two or three radio stations that most people listened to. There were a handful of television programs that most people ...

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Here are successful strategies for managing telecommuters (access required)

“Like many, our company is embracing telecommuting more than ever and leaves it up to managers to decide who can take advantage of the policy. Some people on my team are doing it successfully, but we have some new people ...

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Is unlimited paid time off panacea or pitfall? We’re trying it (access required)

Quick: How do you think our team members responded when we announced we were going to give unlimited paid time off (PTO) a try? If you’re like me, you’re thinking there were wild cheers, hooting and hollering, and maybe even ...

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Founder CEOs: Do we need them, or is it time for an adult in the room? (access required)

Tensions between shareholders and Founder CEOs are not an uncommon occurrence. A recent example would be in February 2019, when Tesla shareholders, outraged by Elon Musk’s tweets, were torn between forcing him to step down or keeping him at the ...

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Philanthropy group to honor nine recipients

The Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will honor nine people who give back to the community in celebration of National Philanthropy Day. Since 1986, National Philanthropy Day has honored those who devote their time, money, ...

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The economics of China’s belt and road initiative: Rhetoric and reality (access required)

In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the creation of two major infrastructure projects called the “Silk Road Economic Belt” and the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road.” These two projects have since been merged to create the “Belt and Road ...

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Companies look to employees to stop phishing attacks (access required)

No company is immune from a cyberattack, according to John Roman. “It’s not a question of it’s going to happen; it’s a question of when,” says Roman, president and chief operating officer of FoxPointe Solutions, a new arm of The ...

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State’s SHIELD Act in effect to regulate cybersecurity protections (access required)

Do you have employees?  Do you process or store customer data?  Do you use computers that require logins and passwords?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, New York’s SHIELD Act, the first part of which went into ...

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Management mistakes the root of most cybersecurity shortcomings (access required)

“Security is always seen as too much until the day it is not enough.” — William H. Webster, former director of the FBI & CIA. Information security is insurance. Nobody needs it until they do. The main challenge I’ve faced ...

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Corporate spending on cybersecurity continues to increase (access required)

Companies will continue to spend more money on cybersecurity measures, industry data shows.   Worldwide spending on information security products and services exceeded $114 billion in 2018, an increase of 12.4 percent from 2017, according to Gartner Inc., a global ...

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