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Weak business spending is core problem

So what gives with the economy? Last month I talked about the generally weak first-quarter GDP reports since 2014, with both consumer and business spending lacking. I had hoped for a rebound in the second quarter of 2016 similar to ...

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Radio guy loves selling grandfather’s pasta sauce

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It was a simple ritual but a beloved one. Every Sunday, Paul Guglielmo walked into his grandparents’ house in Conneaut, Ohio, where his grandfather, Pete, was busy making the family’s pasta sauce from scratch. Family and friends, new and old, ...

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Rochester jobless rate drops in June year over year

The unemployment rate in Rochester declined to 4.3 percent in June from 5.2 percent the previous year, outpacing the statewide drop, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released Wednesday. The Rochester figure reflected both a decrease of ...

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GDP growth rate in New York lags national average

Following a flat final quarter of 2015, New York’s real GDP—the market value of goods and services produced by labor and property in the state—grew at an annualized, seasonally adjusted rate of 0.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016, ...

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Reunions illustrate what workplaces should have

The summer season often brings people together for a variety of reasons: family reunions, graduations, weddings and other milestones. The dictionary defines a reunion as the act of uniting again and a gathering of relatives, friends or associates at regular ...

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It’s early, but virtual reality for the masses has great potential

How would you like to have superpowers for less than $100? You can see in the dark, travel anywhere in the world in an instant, or even shrink yourself down to view an analytical visualization from the inside. All this ...

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Bills arrive at training camp with questions to answer

The Buffalo Bills report to St. John Fisher College next weekend in hopes of laying the foundation for a playoff run in 2016. As some have again reminded me, the Bills haven’t made the post-season since relocating their training camp ...

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Keeping an eye on crops, weather

What do weather and commodities have in common? Unpredictability. That’s what makes them exciting to Eric Thornton, commodity buyer in the strategic procurement department for Baldwin Richardson Foods Co. Thornton has developed passions for both areas—passions that have helped propel ...

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New York ranks high in foreign investment

Expenditures by foreign direct investors to acquire, establish or expand U.S. businesses totaled $420.7 billion in 2015, an increase of 68 percent from 2014, according to a report released July 13 by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Among U.S. states, ...

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Nonprofit Report: The Seneca Park Zoo Society

The Seneca Park Zoo Society is a nonprofit organization that was chartered as an educational institution by New York in 1957 and has since provided education, fundraising, special events, public relations, marketing and new exhibit design support to Monroe County’s ...

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New IRS audit rules for partnerships will have a big impact

New tax rules passed by Congress late last year dramatically overhaul the regime for IRS partnership audits. Limited liability companies and other tax partnerships will need to directly engage with these rules and modify their governing documents to address them. ...

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Nonprofit Report: The Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes Inc.

The Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes Inc. is a nonprofit agency in Wayne County that helps people in situations involving domestic or dating violence, sexual abuse, stalking or child abuse. It began 33 years ago as the Rape ...

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Rochester’s Top 100 are testament to area’s economic stability

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce received a near-record number of entries for this year’s 30th annual Rochester Chamber Top 100 Awards. This tells me that despite challenges faced by companies in today’s economy, many businesses are overcoming and thriving. For ...

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