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Corporate policies aren’t totally worthless–just mostly worthless

After millennia of careful study and observation, it was only in the last century that physicists were able to identify and characterize the four fundamental forces of nature: The strong nuclear force, the electromagnetic force, the weak nuclear force and ...

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Nonprofit Report: Spiritus Christi Mental Health Center

Spiritus Christi Mental Health Center seeks to improve community health by providing access to mental health care for uninsured and underinsured adults and youth in Greater Rochester. The center was founded in 2000 and is an outreach of Spiritus Christi ...

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Weak business climate, cautious consumers hinder growth

It seems that some things never change. First quarter U.S. GDP growth for 2014, 2015 and 2016 all slowed dramatically from the preceding year’s fourth quarter. All three first quarters saw slower consumer spending, and two of the three saw ...

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Strategies that will help navigate a low-return market

Here’s a depressing thought: The expected net-of-fee, real return from a balanced portfolio of stocks and bonds is around 1.7 percent annually over the coming decade. Of course, that assumes you don’t pay taxes. If you do, the expected return ...

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N.Y. income tax 59 percent of total tax revenue

Individual income taxes comprised 59 percent of total New York tax revenue in the first quarter of 2016, according to the quarterly summary of state and local tax revenue released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday. Among states that ...

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Nonprofit Report: SNAP Foundation Inc.

SNAP Foundation Inc. is an all-volunteer organization that provides an opportunity for students from kindergarten through 12th grade to exercise and develop critical thinking skills necessary for making good choices. SNAP, named for the sound a camera makes, uses photography, ...

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Non-Profit Report: SNAP Foundation Inc.

SNAP Foundation Inc. is an all-volunteer organization that provides an opportunity for students from kindergarten through 12th grade to exercise and develop critical thinking skills necessary for making good choices. SNAP, named for the sound a camera makes, uses photography, ...

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Perfectionism, or how to market a thing to death

Practice makes perfect, right? The common wisdom is that if you do something enough times you’ll eventually master it. If that is the case, why do I still need spell checker to fix “teh” for me 30 times a day? ...

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Focus on employee well-being pays off in productivity gains

In Henry Cloud’s book “The Power of the Other,” the author describes the powerful influence human connections have on the workplace and other aspects of life. We have all certainly experienced a negative response resulting from poor customer service in ...

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Fast Start: Brewery hopping

Joshua and Courtney Cawley, owners, TourRoc Brewery Tours Tell us about your business: TourRoc is a Rochester-based company that specializes in luxury bus tours to local breweries. It is dedicated to providing a safe, fun and educational tour experience and is ...

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Fast Start: Gratitude, confidence light her path

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(Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) Carla D’Angelo’s wish is to one day make volunteering her career. She lives her life to serve others—a desire that helped propel her to top posts in her field before the age of 30. Today she ...

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County-level jobs data raise more questions on economy

Questions about the health of the Rochester-area labor market are being raised again following the release of county-level employment data on June 8. As discussed in my April column, monthly employment estimates generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ...

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Cleveland rocks in its new role as hoops champion

I don’t have a rooting interest in any of their sports teams, but I couldn’t help but smile as I watched Clevelanders celebrate their first major sports championship in 52 years Sunday night. After so much suffering—some of it self-induced, ...

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New York’s GDP grew 1.4 percent in 2015

New York’s real gross domestic product—the sum of what consumers, businesses, and government spend on final goods and services, plus investment and net foreign trade—grew by 1.4 percent in 2015, according to annualized, seasonally adjusted data published by the Bureau ...

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