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Rochester Chamber takes strides to stay ahead of the curve for the community (access required)

As I reflect on my time with the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, I couldn’t be prouder of this organization. This is not your grandfather’s Chamber.   We have just completed a brand refresh to stay modern and cutting edge, launched a new website and CRM, codified our organizational values and are currently in the process of updating our strategic plan. ...

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Passing the torch to a new generation (access required)

“Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.”  —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  The time has come to pass the torch to the next generation of Bonadio health and human service experts. After 251 columns published in the RBJ since 1996, I ...

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A firsthand account on the merits of mentoring (access required)

My first encounter with Jonathan (fictitious name) was at the Friendly’s Restaurant on Monroe Avenue in Brighton. My brother and I owned the franchise rights to the chain in Western New York and I thought it was an accommodating place to meet. Jonathan contacted me via a friend ...

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Details on the ABLE Act for disabled citizens (access required)

In 2014, the Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act created a mechanism whereby disabled Americans could establish a tax-advantaged savings account, appropriately referred to as an ABLE account, to supplement their lifestyle needs. As defined by the Social Security Administration ...

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Dealing with turnover, wage compression issues stemming from pandemic (access required)

“I’m up nights worrying about turnover on our small staff. I’ve been able to bring in new people during this difficult period by paying them more than I normally do — a lot more. Now some of the newcomers make more than the ...

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Tips for evaluating retirement readiness (access required)

A successful retirement is the main financial priority for many people. Because retirement can last upwards of 30 years and coupled with all the variables that go into determining potential success or failure, it is often the most difficult financial ...

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Father and son combo share a memorable ballpark streak

Way back in 1789, Ben Franklin opined that nothing is certain except death and taxes. Well, I have a third sure thing to add to Ol’ Ben’s declaration of certitude: Tony and Chris Wells’ presence at Rochester Red Wings games ...

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Volunteering, mentoring are two-way streets (access required)

I knew I would go into a helping profession as early as middle school, having several friends experience serious mental illness and suicidality, and having my own bouts with depression. As a psychology major at Nazareth College, I was fortunate to ...

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