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CPA firms find demand for services abroad

Often, the end to Kevin Hill’s workday is an overseas call or Skype conversation.   When I spoke with the certified public accountant early this month, he expected to Skype with a business associate in Auckland, New Zealand, after dinner ...

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Fast Start: Eliza Hammer

Eliza Hammer RocCity Rising planning committee chair and RocCity Coalition advisory committee member   What is RocCity Rising?   This is the RocCity Coalition’s headline event. It is an opportunity for the vibrant, young professional community of Rochester to gather ...

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Exports from Empire State rose 24 percent in October

Foreign sales from New York’s exporting companies surged 24 percent in October from the previous month after a decrease of 10.9 percent in September.   In October, goods valued at $7.1 billion were shipped from New York to markets overseas, ...

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Oops about the ACA’s OOPM: You really can’t keep your health plan

The Tampa Bay Times’ "Politifact" has awarded its coveted "lie of the year" rating to President Barack Obama’s oft-repeated promise: "If you like your health plan, you can keep it." I’m happy to chalk this one up to naivete and ...

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Builders voice cautious optimism in face of challenges

By SHEILA LIVADAS Local builders are cautiously optimistic about the outlook for next year in the construction industry, despite the nagging challenges of rising material costs and an aging workforce. The health care and education sectors remain strong sources of ...

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Holcomb’s tenure oversaw key architectural inventions

In spring 2014, Grant Holcomb will retire as director of the Memorial Art Gallery after leading the institution for nearly 30 years. During his long and successful career, he has presided over a remarkable period of architectural invention.   Key ...

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Prices rise by less in Northeast

Consumer prices rose less for residents of midsize urban areas in the Northeast-including those of Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany-from November 2012 to last month than for other urban consumers across the nation, according to data released Tuesday by the ...

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Legislature must repeal pointless mandate on wage notices

Several weeks ago, the state Assembly’s Labor Committee held a hearing to gather input from workers across the state on the Wage Theft Prevention Act. In response to the hearing notice, the Rochester Business Alliance sent a letter to the ...

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NON-PROFIT REPORT: Legal Assistance of Western New York

Legal Assistance of Western New York Inc., known as LawNY, provides free legal advice and representation in non-criminal matters for people in 14 counties: Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Wayne, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins and Yates.   ...

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Startups must carefully evaluate new crowdfunding options

When Mary Jo White was appointed chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission in April, she indicated the SEC would make the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act crowdfunding rules a priority. Eight months later, the SEC has published Rule 506(c) ...

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Fast Start: Brothers tap online sports market

More than 36 million people in the U.S. and Canada participate in a fantasy sports competition, spending an average of $111 annually for that privilege, a leading trade organization reports.   Brothers Justin and Zachary Stanley are looking for a ...

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Low employment growth expected here

Metro areas in Upstate New York will have slower employment growth than most other U.S. metropolitan statistical areas, the U.S. Conference of Mayors predicts in a report released last month. Rochester ranks 269th of 363 metro areas in projected non-farm ...

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State Medicaid auditors raise ‘arbitrary and capricious’ to a new level

It is perhaps cold comfort for health care providers subjected to audits and reimbursement demands from the state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General that there is an administrative appeal process to review those determinations. The providers incur substantial attorney ...

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