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Non-Profit Report: Webster Community Chest Inc.

Incorporated in 1948, the Webster Community Chest Inc. serves people in need and assists community organizations in the Webster area (ZIP code 14580). The organization’s services include weekly food distribution and emergency assistance through its Webster Food Cupboard, as well ...

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Fast Start: Feel-good vibes at work

Is it too much to expect coworkers to get along and actually have fun on the job? Richard Sheridan, author of “Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love,” will talk about how he fostered a joyful culture at ...

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Fast Start: Tapped to lead firm into next phase

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See correction below. Seizing an opportunity out of graduate school to be part of a small Rochester firm helped Aaron Steve dictate his professional growth. After a decade with Laughton Marketing Communications Inc., which does business as U.S. Sweepstakes and ...

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Fed has tough call to make this month on a rate hike

OK, I’m going to date myself. Remember when your weekly allowance was a dime (if you did the nightly dishes and made your bed all week)? Remember when you had to choose whether to spend that dime on an ice ...

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Optimize your firm’s performance by building compliance highways

In November I attended a compliance conference at which I met a fellow compliance officer (let’s call him John) who works for a large, multinational medical device company that has had its share of compliance issues. We discussed, among other ...

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Starting a new job? Be a learner, not a performer

“I just accepted a similar position at a different company after more than a dozen years in one place. They want me to hit the ground running. While I’m eager and ready to launch some new projects, I’m also beginning ...

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Personal income rates in Rochester area increase only slightly

Per capita personal income for Rochester-area counties increased slightly from 2013 to 2014, at rates well below most counties state and nationwide, according to the most recent estimates published Nov. 19 by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Genesee County’s increase ...

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Great workplaces succeed by tackling risks, challenges, hard work

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas A. Edison “I just felt so much support—I thought, ‘How can I not do this with all this support?’ All the hours in the gym. … All ...

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Sprint lawsuit is the first ruling on amended False Claims Act

New York’s highest court has allowed a tax whistleblower to proceed with a $390 million lawsuit alleging that Sprint shortchanged New York on sales taxes for cell phone service. The decision is the first ruling by the New York Court ...

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A new decade for Forty Under 40

The 21st annual Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 luncheon Nov. 19 drew more than 800 people to the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. The 2015 honorees were selected by a panel of judges who are past recipients ...

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GDP data show only part of local economic picture

Newly released government estimates of Rochester-area gross domestic product—the value of all goods and services produced locally—provide a revealing look at the region’s underlying strengths and challenges. In 2014, total industry output declined by $500 million or 1 percent—in stark ...

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A post-9/11 World Series trip offered a timeless lesson

As I watched the terrorist attacks in Paris unfold on television, I experienced a gamut of emotions similar to the ones I felt on 9/11. Once again, we were reminded of the fragility of our times, and I worried not ...

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Low rates make it an ideal time to shift wealth with a GRAT

Ask business owners or families with valuable assets what their main concern is when it comes to estate planning, and most likely the answer you’ll get is a question: How can we reduce transfer taxes while retaining a continued interest ...

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