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Vacancy rates low for local housing

Continuing a trend dating to 2010, the 2013 vacancy rate for rental housing in the Rochester metro area was the lowest among upstate metro areas and one of the lowest nationwide, according to a report released Feb. 27 by the ...

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Board members must increase communication with auditors

“If you have a job without aggravations, you don’t have a job.” —Malcolm Forbes 1965: $5 for small lawns, $10 for large lawns. 1966: Times-Union delivery boy, $10 per week. 1968-72: Usher/doorman at Shine Theaters, $1.60 per hour. 1971: Maintenance ...

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NON-PROFIT REPORT: Journeys of Solutions Inc.

Journeys of Solutions Inc., incorporated in 2008, helps volunteers organize service projects that will benefit people living in developing countries. Often the volunteers organizing the projects have traveled to developing countries, visited communities there and returned home with a desire ...

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Harsh winter weather cools down economic growth

Last month I was hoping winter weather would not become a substantial factor in economic releases. December and early January data hinted at weather-related slowdowns, but recent releases are all leading with January 2014 being the coldest January in many ...

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Do your part to foster ethical business practices in our area

It has been my privilege for the last five years to serve on the board of the Rochester Business Ethics Foundation. RABEF, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and support the creation of ethical ...

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If your boss lacks your expertise, you’ll have to become her teacher

“I lead a technical team which has struggled—for a variety of well-documented reasons—to meet its goals this year. But now I’m facing a performance appraisal by a relatively new boss. In the few months she has been with us, I ...

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Rochester flight delays exceed average

Approximately one in five flights leaving Greater Rochester International Airport in 2013 was delayed, the highest percentage among major upstate New York airports, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Rochester’s percentage also exceeded the 2013 national ...

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NON-PROFIT REPORT: Resolve of Greater Rochester Inc.

Resolve of Greater Rochester Inc. offers programs to eradicate violence against women. The organization was formed July 1, 2012, from the merger of Stand Up Guys Inc. and Safe Journey, an outreach of Ecumenical Ministries of Perinton Inc. They merged ...

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Business leaders can benefit from Antarctic survival skills

The ordeal of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance shipwreck is cited as one of the greatest survival stories in history. While the riveting tale is as dramatic as it is entertaining, there are surprisingly practical lessons applicable to managers ...

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Cautious optimism prevails among midsize companies

Midsize companies remain cautiously upbeat about their near-term prospects, according to the latest M&T Economic Outlook Survey. The semiannual poll of 418 firms with sales of $10 million to $500 million was conducted from Jan. 15 to Feb. 14. A ...

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Smart watches’ capabilities create risks as well as benefits

Hard-hitting police detective Dick Tracy began using a 2-Way Wrist TV in 1964. Somewhere between that time and the present, my grandparents would collect their Sunday funnies for my family’s visits so I could enjoy that bit of technology as ...

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Q3 profit down, sales up at Seneca Foods

“People say, ‘When are you going to retire?’ My dad died with his boots on when he was 96. Don’t count on me leaving before that.” —William Pollock, president and CEO of Optimation Technology Inc. and Kingsbury Corp. 2/21/14 (c) ...

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Community Agenda sets priorities for Rochester’s prosperity

The Rochester Community Coalition has identified the top local priorities for state investment and attention in its 2014 Community Agenda. The Community Coalition, a group of leaders representing business, local government, education, labor and non-profits that is convened by Rochester ...

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