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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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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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N.Y. foreclosure inventory rate improves

New York’s foreclosure inventory rate, representing the percentage of homes with a mortgage that are in some stage of foreclosure, declined to 3.2 percent in May from 3.7 percent in May 2015, according to the most recent National Foreclosure Report ...

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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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Nonprofit Report: Seneca White Deer Inc.

Seneca White Deer Inc. takes its name from the distinctive white deer that roam 10,000 acres of the former Seneca Army Depot between Cayuga and Seneca lakes. The organization is dedicated to the animals’ preservation and recently received good news ...

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Women in leadership roles: It’s about performance, not gender

The movement continues—women are progressing into leadership positions and making a significant impact. Forbes magazine recently published its list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women and stated that “nearly half run a global company. … In all, they control ...

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Less dramatic, but video coverage of N.Y. civil trials sure to come

Will civil courts in New York soon allow video coverage of portions of civil cases? Will portions of your next business dispute be live-streamed from the courthouse to the internet? The answers to these questions may surprise you. One of ...

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Fast Start: Numbers tell a story

From RBJ’s online edition, here’s how outsiders measure Rochester on life-quality and employment issues. Millennials, take note: Released in June, Fortune magazine’s second annual list of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials has two Rochester companies. Coming in at No. ...

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Mobile banking for businesses reliable, efficient

According to a December 2015 Javelin report on mobile banking, one in 10 Americans became first-time mobile bankers in 2015. At the same time, a combined 57 million more customers began using smartphones and tablets—the highest year-over-year growth ever experienced ...

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