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Seek employee input to build a healthy work culture

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Recently, our Dixon Schwabl team members cast their votes for the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Our company is no stranger to the excitement and inspiration offered ...

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Before you get down and dirty with your iPad case, look again

Our smartphones and tablets are sometimes likened to works of art, whose beauty we must then hide away by sheathing them in cloth and plastic to maintain their beauty and protect their usefulness. An investment in an iPad that is ...

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Don’t let long hours become habitual; strike a balance

Free-market economist and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman’s oft-quoted book title, “There’s No Such Thing As a Free Lunch,” reminds us to be wary of things appearing to come at no cost. The same might be said of the notion of ...

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N.Y. makes the top 10 in energy-efficient states

New York ranks ninth among the nation’s states and the District of Columbia on this year’s State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, released Wednesday by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a Washington, D.C. non-profit. The report lauded New York’s strong ...

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Non-Profit Report: The Coffee Connection

The Coffee Connection, managed by the non-profit organization Life Listening Resources, merged a trauma-based recovery program for women (Project Empower) with the employment training and sober support program of the Coffee Connection in November 2011. The wholesale and retail business ...

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‘Tech savvy’ is your clue to marketing to millennials

It’s hard to avoid conversations and information about millennials, the generation of people born between 1981 and 2000. They are an important audience to us marketers because they make up about 25 percent of the entire population and are set ...

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Fast Start: She’s at home in the legal field

When Meghan Schubmehl graduated from law school in 2010, the economy was in the depths of recession. The legal profession had changed from the time she had entered. “Especially from the time I graduated law school, it’s been a huge ...

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Non-Profit Report: St. John’s Senior Services Inc.

St. John’s offers an array of living options and health care services for seniors and serves nearly 1,000 elders and their families annually. The organization, whose legal name is St. John’s Senior Services Inc., encompasses several related non-profits, including St. ...

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State Ed test opt-outs: What’s the likely impact on policy?

Dissatisfaction with the state Education Department’s testing regimen led many parents to allow their children to “opt out” of state exams last spring. And now state leaders are engaged in a tactical withdrawal. With Education Commissioner John King off to ...

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How Rochester compares

In terms of average weekly retail price per gallon of regular gasoline, Rochester is in the middle of the pack among New York metropolitan areas excluding New York City. Metro region    Sept. 28    Year ago    % change Albany – Schenectady ...

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Fast Start: Dryden’s new ambassador of film

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One of the goals of the new manager of the George Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theatre is to get more young adults in the theater’s seats. “It’s crazy that we have so many colleges in the area and no young people ...

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Consider bank-based solutions to employee retention

The high cost of replacing an employee is well documented. From the Society for Human Resource Professionals to the Center for Community and Economic Development, studies show that employee turnover is a real problem for most businesses. In fact, according ...

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