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Big data’s power can also be a double-edged sword

What are the biggest potential areas of risk for your organization? Can today’s emerging data technologies help you consider how to minimize or otherwise prepare for these risks? Have other organizations begun to leverage data for that purpose? In this ...

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Rochester area unemployment drops below 5 percent

Unemployment in the Rochester metropolitan area in August fell below 5 percent for the first time since November 2007, according to figures released by the New York State Department of Labor on Tuesday. The area’s rate dropped to 4.8 percent, ...

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Non-Profit Report: Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester Inc.

Formally organized in 1997, the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester Inc. provides support, information and education to those touched by a diagnosis of breast cancer. BCCR is a member of the New York State Breast Cancer Network and serves Monroe ...

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Storytime on the job should model predictable behavior

Narrative: nar·ra·tive (noun) a spoken or written account of connected events; a story. Storytelling is one of the earliest forms of communication in society. From painted symbols on cave walls, carved tree trunks, sand and leaves to verbal communication, music ...

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Think NLRB rules don’t apply to you? Think again

Would you terminate an employee who posted a profanity-laden comment about his supervisor on Facebook? Would you discipline employees for using email for union-related conduct during working hours? Does your employee handbook have a policy directing employees to be respectful ...

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N.Y. legal liability system ranks average among states

New York State’s legal liability system is 21st best in the nation, according to a report released Sept. 10 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey, conducted by the Harris Poll, collected responses from a nationwide ...

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Non-Profit Report: The Landmark Society of Western New York Inc.

The Landmark Society of Western New York Inc. was organized in 1937, when Helen Ellwanger led a group of volunteers in founding an organization to protect and preserve the Campbell-Whittlesey Mansion. Built on this modest foundation, the Landmark Society has ...

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Let’s get to work with a powerful business voice

Since Rochester Business Alliance made its July announcement of the plan to rebrand as Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce next year, many people have asked me why. The main reason is to avoid confusion about what RBA does. Rochester Business ...

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Northeast outspends other regions on housing in 2014

Consumers in the Northeast spent an average of 35.5 percent of their 2014 expenditures on housing—more than their counterparts in other regions, data released Sept. 3 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show. But transportation accounted for only 15.7 ...

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Non-Profit Report: Literacy Volunteers of Rochester Inc.

Non-Profit Report: Literacy Volunteers of Rochester Inc. promotes literacy and provides adult literacy services in Monroe County. Founded in 1964, the organization is a member of ProLiteracy Worldwide. LVR trains volunteers to offer one-to-one tutoring or small-group instruction in English ...

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