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A single negative quarter does not a recession make

The latest estimate of first-quarter growth in gross domestic product poured some rain on the U.S. economic parade. This second estimate by the Commerce Department revised U.S. growth downward from 0.1 percent to a negative 1 percent, but before you ...

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Good managers create environment for staff to be engaged

Just this week I spoke to a group of the top 100 supervisors, managers and executives of a manufacturing and distribution company. I asked, “How many of you are good at recognizing employees and showing genuine appreciation when they do ...

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Policies, procedures and other crimes against humanity

Several years ago, I had the privilege of speaking to a room full of corporate attorneys and compliance officers at the Practising Law Institute in New York City on the topic of implementing effective corporate policies and procedures. I kicked ...

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On the Wegmans LPGA, Bills ticket costs and Boss Jeter

Last week’s news that the women’s professional golf tour will be zooming out of town like a Titlist off a tee after this summer’s Wegmans LPGA Championship did not come as a shock to anyone who had been paying attention ...

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Rochester, Syracuse above average for bicycle commuting

A larger share of people bicycle to work in Rochester and Syracuse than in the nation as a whole, according to an American Community Survey report published in May by the U.S. Census Bureau. The average share of commuters who ...

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Non-Profit Report: Writers & Books

Writers & Books Inc., a literary center founded in 1981, promotes reading and writing as lifelong activities for people of all ages and backgrounds, through educational programs, publications, community events and author appearances. The organization began in a one-room storefront ...

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Fast Start: Exercise your options

Whether you go to work or take the day off June 19, leave the car at home and see Rochester from a different vantage point during ROC Transit Day. A majority of Rochesterians are accustomed to a commute that involves ...

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Fast Start: A life spent ‘trying new stuff’

Operating from the credo that quality is king, Andrew Cook, 34, has crafted a desire to connect people to experiences. With his current endeavor, Swiftwater Brewing Co. LLC, a craft brewery and restaurant on Mt. Hope Avenue, he plans to ...

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Non-Profit Report: Honor Flight Rochester

Non-Profit Report: Honor Flight Rochester Inc. serves U.S. military veterans by enabling them to visit Washington, D.C., and reflect together at the war memorials built in their honor. The organization was founded in June 2008, and until this year its ...

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Education’s role as service export gains in importance

The export business is growing in Rochester, and Jon Burdick spots evidence of it whenever he drives down West Henrietta Road on a Friday night. There he sees a corner where restaurants once failed to thrive, but today a sit-down ...

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Life advice for new graduates on effort, risk, perspective and success

At this time of year, new graduates and their families celebrate the conclusion of a school year and the start of a new phase of their lives—a commencement. While there are many inspiring and even controversial speeches at the various ...

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State changes law on sourcing and taxing corporate income

New York has overhauled its corporate tax law. The changes are the most significant in more than 30 years and will have far-reaching implications for how taxes are computed for New York corporations and corporations in other states that do ...

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Contraction of labor force is trend that sends warning

The April unemployment figures for Rochester and other upstate metro areas were eye-opening, to say the least. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the local unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 5.8 percent—down from 6.4 percent in March and ...

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Employment measure shows slow growth in N.Y.

Non-farm payroll employment in New York grew 1 percent from April 2013 to April 2014, which was 30th-best among U.S. states and territories, according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Upstate metro areas had even slower ...

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