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Fast Start: A 21st-century dance company

“We just looked at each other and said, ‘We can do this.’” Seated in a cozy cafe on a cold Rochester morning, N’Jelle Gage is talking about a moment in 2009 when she and co-founder Guy Thorne decided to launch ...

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Chronicling the Tonya-Nancy soap opera was weird, indelible

Like many hot-blooded, college-age males from the mid-1970s, I had a crush on Dorothy Hamill. And for the longest time she represented the extent of my figure skating expertise. I didn’t know a Lutz from a klutz, and the only ...

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NON-PROFIT REPORT: Catholic Charities Community Services

NON-PROFIT REPORT: Catholic Charities Community Services provides assistance for people with developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injuries, those seeking an alternative to nursing home placement and people living with HIV and other chronic illnesses. It serves more than 800 clients ...

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ECONOMY TRACK

As I noted here last week, 2013 proved to be another year of modest expansion. So what’s the outlook for 2014?   I think GDP growth will be slightly better than in 2013 as ongoing monetary stimulus and some fiscal ...

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Local unemployment decline is better than state’s

New York’s statewide unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in November, down a full percentage point from 7.9 percent a year earlier, but several upstate metro areas did slightly better, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. ...

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Budget law will unfairly harm injured people covered by Medicaid

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which was signed by the president late last month, was seen as a victory for compromise and avoidance of another governmental crisis. As with any legislation, the devil is in the details, and this ...

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Barring unexpected trouble, signs are positive for 2014

As I noted here last week, 2013 proved to be another year of modest expansion. So what’s the outlook for 2014?   I think GDP growth will be slightly better than in 2013 as ongoing monetary stimulus and some fiscal ...

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A business valuation’s purpose will determine the method

Business sentiment surveys consistently predict more merger and acquisition activity in 2014. This means it is more important than ever for owners of small to midsize businesses to know the true value of those firms.   The process for determining ...

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NON-PROFIT REPORT: Camp Stella Maris

Camp Stella Maris of Livonia, N.Y., offers recreational and personal development programming at a 33-acre campus on the eastern shore of Conesus Lake in Livingston County. The camp, whose name is Latin for "Star of the Sea," is affiliated with ...

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Fast Start: Protecting medical breakthroughs

Joanna Brougher has written the book on intellectual property law and health technologies-literally.   Brougher, senior counsel for biotechnology firm Vaccinex Inc., teaches patent law to non-lawyers at the Harvard School of Public Health. Not long after she started teaching ...

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Looking back at 2013: a year of mixed results, recovery

"Moderate," "muddle" and "modest" became the three most overused words in my vocabulary in 2013. At this time last year I was looking at the "fiscal cliff" as a probable cork in the consumer spending bottle, slower business spending, falling ...

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Let’s inspire one another with examples of professional excellence

About 5 p.m. on Jan. 2, 1988, a large above-ground fuel storage tank suddenly collapsed at an Ashland Oil facility in Floreffe, Pa., releasing nearly 4 million gallons of diesel fuel. Most of the fuel was captured by containment dikes, ...

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Focus on changing just one thing, and begin with reflection

So you’re an overworked, stressed-out manager who would like to do a better job but can’t figure out how in a rapidly changing business. Maybe you’ve been trying to implement some changes but can’t see past the mountain of email ...

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Some fearless predictions for the world of sports in 2014

‘Tis the season to make predictions for the coming year. So in honor of that slovenly, disheveled patron saint of sportswriters–Oscar Madison of "The Odd Couple" sit-com fame–I’ve put on a ratty old sweatshirt and buffed up my crystal baseball, ...

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