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Fast Start: Digital rebel’s pursuit takes flight

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There are many ways to relay a message in today’s world. A local entrepreneur has created a personal way to communicate that stands in stark contrast to more typical digital options available. Michelle Roberts, 31, has created Messenger Birds for ...

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Manufacturing decline takes toll on middle class locally

Perhaps the dominant theme in this year’s presidential election is the declining size of the U.S. middle class. According to a Pew Research Center study released this month, the share of American adults in middle-income households—defined as those making between ...

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New fiduciary standard cultivates consumer confusion

What do a rutabaga and a turnip have in common with your investments? Quite a lot, as it turns out. For the past hundred years or so, as agricultural science progressed and found new ways to grow food more efficiently ...

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Rochester’s median household income drops 13 percent

From 1999 to 2014, Rochester’s median household income declined from $72,711 to $63,220 (in 2013-14 dollars), or 13.1 percent, according to a  Pew Research Center study based on U.S. census data and released on May 11. Median household income in ...

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Non-Profit Report: The YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County

The YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County has been a beacon of help and hope for local women and families since 1883. Today, its programs focus on eliminating racism, empowering women, standing up for social justice, helping families and strengthening ...

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Partners cannot be employees, although many will try

Can a partner also be an employee?  This question is extremely important for partnerships, including LLCs, that grant equity interests to key employees, as it determines how payroll is handled and eligibility for certain benefit plans. Unfortunately, the IRS takes ...

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How long will Rochester continue to defeat itself?

We can do better. I read with great interest earlier this month news reports on a study that identifies Rochester as having the slowest growing economy in the United States. While studies like this often don’t illustrate the entire picture, ...

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What the Affordable Care Act has wrought and change to come

The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, celebrated its six-year anniversary on March 23. While it has been a point of controversy since President Obama signed it into law, whitehouse.gov states that more than 90 percent of Americans now have access to ...

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Price of gasoline 17 percent lower than a year ago

Despite increases in recent weeks, the average U.S. price of a gallon of regular gasoline has declined by 45 cents, or 17 percent, over the past year, according to Tuesday’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report from the AAA. Drivers in New ...

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Non-Profit Report: Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Greater Rochester

The Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Greater Rochester Inc. was established officially in 1998. It is a 100 percent volunteer organization with no paid staff and no large overhead. Members donate their time and skills. Leonard A. Benedict, who died ...

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State legislation increases wages, mandates family leave

New York recently passed landmark legislation raising the minimum wage and mandating paid family leave. The state will gradually raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour for most workers and become the first state to require that employees receive ...

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Fast Start: Building businesses

The final #Work4Roc event will be held at The Hive@155 St. Paul St. May 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. #Work4Roc is a collaboration between Rochester Young Professionals and developers in Rochester who are behind more than $650 million in ...

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