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Let’s set an example with our collaborative spirit (access required)

Rochester has been plagued for decades with issues of turf, silos, competition, political dysfunction, and infighting. These have often either reduced or completely thwarted the real progress that we have been capable of achieving. With that said, the Greater Rochester ...

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Insights from sports management industry veterans (access required)

It is hard not to have sports and entertainment on our minds this time of year. The Olympics are underway, the Super Bowl was hosted in a new, state-of-the-art stadium, RIT Division I men’s and women’s hockey are in full ...

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Innovation, integration needed to address U.S. behavioral health crisis (access required)

During the first few months of COVID-19 in 2020, rates of depression in U.S. adults tripled — from 8.5% pre-pandemic to 27.8% — then increased further in 2021 affecting 32.8% or one in every three American adults, according to research ...

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Addressing COVID fatigue in your administrative, back-office personnel (access required)

“Why does running errands involve so much waiting these days?” asked my daughter. If you’ve been out running errands, tried to schedule an appointment for your car, or even just been to the drive-through lane of your favorite fast-food joint ...

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‘Shovel Ready’ bill would help Rochester attract businesses (access required)

Entrepreneurs and growing companies have similar wish lists when looking for a place to start their venture or expand to a new region. They are looking for a talented workforce, a steady supply of new brainpower, a generations-deep culture of ...

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How mentoring led to a life-saving experience (access required)

“Daniel is traveling tonight on a plane.” Once a Big, always a Big. When he left Kiev (Kyiv) Ukraine in 1991, he was known as Dima. When his plane touched down in Rochester, he wished to be called Daniel. A ...

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Three takeaways from Super Bowl ads to apply to marketing (access required)

Super Bowl ads deliver on a few recurring themes every year, and this year was no different. Whether it’s nostalgia or humor, travel or sustainability, success is tied to three things: creativity, connectivity and comfortability. Hitting on all three of ...

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I Bonds: A rare bright spot for the income investor (access required)

Investors have a natural affinity for income-producing investments. A steady stream of investment income is comforting even if it is not optimal from a total return perspective. Many investors, especially retirees, would gladly trade away some of the anxiety induced ...

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What AG report on ‘credential stuffing’ hacks mean for your business (access required)

In January, New York Attorney General Letitia James released a report summarizing the findings of a broad investigation into so-called “credential stuffing” that revealed more than 1.1 million online accounts have been compromised in cyberattacks at 17 prominent companies. The ...

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Data privacy and security concerns with rise of online betting, gaming (access required)

As of January 8, 2022, New York State joined the ranks of more than a dozen states that have legalized online and mobile sports betting since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, which ...

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Potential headwinds are coming — what this means for your business (access required)

An abundance of liquidity and market exuberance in the world’s recovery from COVID-19 have made this a promising time for transitioning a closely held business — and yet many owners are still failing to make the most of their business ...

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Rochester’s Roland Williams hoping his Rams do it again

Eric Weddle is one of those feel-good stories that Rochester tight-end-turned-broadcaster Roland Williams has followed closely in recent weeks. Late in the season, when a rash of injuries depleted the Los Angeles Rams secondary, coach Sean McVay rang Weddle to ...

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Don’t overlook these above-the-line adjustments at tax time (access required)

Many people may be finding it easier to prepare their year-end tax returns since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was passed in December 2017. At that time, the below-the-line standard deduction nearly doubled from $6,500 to $12,000 for individuals, ...

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Tax Planning in 2022: New year, new rules (access required)

When filing 2021 tax returns over the next few months, corporate and non-corporate taxpayers need to start making estimated tax payments for their liabilities for 2022. As you work with your advisers to start calculating these estimates, keep in mind ...

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