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Who’s No. 1? You really can’t tell from most rankings

Oscar Wilde’s quip—“The truth is never pure and rarely simple”—is flagrantly ignored by the “Best Places/Top Cities” industry. Yes, these “Top XX” lists have been around since Athens vs. Sparta. We’ve had decades with the “Best Places to Live” lists; ...

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Census: 92.9 percent in N.Y. had health insurance in 2015

According to a U.S. Census report released Tuesday, 92.9 percent of New York residents had health insurance coverage in 2015—an increase of 4.3 percentage points since 2008.  The nationwide figure for 2015 was 90.9 percent, according to the report, which ...

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Success of Genesee Brewing shows Rochester’s ingenuity

A group of Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce staff members and I were pleased to attend the announcement earlier this month of the upcoming Genesee Brewing Co. expansion. Genesee’s parent company, North American Breweries, plans to invest over $49 million ...

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On retiring Bills numbers and Carrier Dome renovations

With Bruce Smith’s No. 78 joining Jim Kelly’s No. 12 as the only jerseys officially retired by the Buffalo Bills, we wonder what other numbers will be taken out of circulation. Faithful readers of this column are familiar with my ...

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Financing new equipment at end of year even smarter in 2016

For many businesses, the fourth quarter is the perfect time to assess the company’s performance over the past 12 months and begin planning for the coming year. In addition to profits, losses and sales projections, it’s important to keep in ...

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The 2016 Bills are banking on Taylor-made playoff run

If this truly is to become a “New Era” in Buffalo Bills history that goes beyond the stadium’s recently sold naming rights, quarterback Tyrod Taylor must go from being good to very good. And it would really help if he ...

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Be proactive with workplace violence prevention

Last year on Dec. 2, a county health department in California held a training session for its employees in a reserved conference room. The shooting that occurred during what began as a typical workplace event in San Bernardino continues to ...

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Human resources leaders deserve a seat at the table

I recently spoke at a regional event for the Society of Human Resource Professionals where I covered insights about the human resource professional’s role in an organization, technology’s role in supporting culture change, and the overall responsibility for measuring the ...

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Nonprofit Report: The Optimist Club of Greater Rochester Inc.

The Optimist Club of Greater Rochester Inc. was chartered as a member of the Optimist International organization on Sept. 27, 2015. It is a nonprofit service organization and is one of more than 2,500 clubs in Optimist International. Members work ...

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Ontario County scores high on index of economic activity

Ontario ranks first among local counties—and is among the top 10 percent nationally—for the amount invested in its local economy, according to a study published Aug. 25 by the financial technology company SmartAsset. Using recent data, the study ranked U.S. ...

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A short primer on how to perform ethical espionage

A decade ago, I spoke with Pamela McGuire, senior vice president and deputy general counsel for business practices and compliance at PepsiCo, about an ethics issue that crossed her desk that caught the attention of the national media. At the ...

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Nonprofit Report: East House Corp.

East House Corp.East House Corp. is a private, nonprofit agency serving individuals with persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorder with the goal of helping them to live independent and fulfilling lives. Through a network of services, which includes supported ...

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Fast Start: What’s new

Molly Kearns, manager,  Old Hilltop Market Age: 21 Your roots: Webster Tell us about the new business you’re involved in. Old Hilltop Market is on Empire Boulevard in Penfield. We sell all locally made and crafted goods. We carry items ...

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Mediocre GDP growth makes rate hike less likely

With first-quarter U.S. GDP growth in the books at a paltry 0.8 percent, all eyes were anticipating a better second quarter. Last month’s first estimate of second-quarter growth stunned many writers, increasing only a modest 1.2 percent annualized. I was ...

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