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New Yorkers slightly more positive about economy

New York Republicans are the only segment of the state’s population who are less positive about current economic conditions than they were a year ago, according to the results of the latest poll of consumer sentiment released Wednesday by the ...

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Non-Profit Report: Center for Governmental Research Inc.

Founded in 1915 by George Eastman, the Center for Governmental Research Inc. has been delivering research as well as analytical and planning support to the public, non-profit and civic sectors for a century. CGR helps organizations and communities by: Applying ...

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New York’s total personal income up in Q1

Total personal income in New York grew 4.6 percent from the first quarter of 2014 through the first quarter of 2015—exceeding the U.S. rate of 4.4 percent—according to figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis June 22. North ...

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Non-Profit Report: Epilepsy Pralid Inc.

Epilepsy Pralid Inc. formed when the Epilepsy Foundation of Rochester-Syracuse-Binghamton merged with People Rebuilding and Living in Dignity in 2013. EPI’s mission is to support individuals with developmental or acquired brain conditions as they strive to remove barriers to their ...

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Fast Start: On the canal

If you like biking, hiking, boating or exploring Upstate New York towns with lots of character, add the 524-mile-long Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to your list of places to visit this summer. Greater Rochester lies in the center of ...

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‘Present’ leaders give valued employees reason to stay

These days, more people are leaving their jobs because they want to, not because they’re asked to. The U.S. Labor Department’s latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey finds that “voluntary quits” are far outpacing layoffs. Fifty-eight percent of those ...

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Economy finally may be near self-sustaining growth

In May, I suggested readers look for monthly job growth above 250,000, new and existing home sales above 5.5 million units annualized, inflation above 0.3 percent monthly, real income growth at 2 percent annualized, and stronger durable goods orders as ...

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Reliable systems are essential when evaluating risk

I spent the last 20 years of my professional life living in the belly of the beast. I’ve been house counsel and I’ve served as a compliance officer for seven multinational corporations—and I’ve got the scars to prove it. My ...

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Company culture can affect employee attitudes about vacation

“I’m a manager who is relatively new to the company and I’m frankly baffled by the company culture around vacation time. It seems that most people take only a day or two off at a time and attach it to ...

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Fast Start: Pack a little extra in your suitcase

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Elizabeth Schirmer Shores has been training all of her life to be what she calls “heart core,” a life in which passion, service to others and fulfillment intersect.

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Non-Profit Report: Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc.

Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc. offers residential camping programs as well as recreational activities for children, adults and families dealing with cancer and other challenges. In 1979, Elizabeth “Teddi” Mervis was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at ...

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Tourists more eager than businesses to embark for Cuba

Becky Roberts hopes her agency, b. Roberts Travel, will be known as an expert on Cuba. She views it as a growth opportunity. “We see nobody else in our area showing interest in it, which is pretty surprising to me, ...

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Getting past the ‘tech speak’ with your digital marketing partner

Think about the last time you had a conversation with your digital marketing partner or vendor. Did that meeting leave you with a better understanding of how your company is using the Internet to further your business goals, or were ...

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Thank your employees, and help them thank others

“Thank you, I thought over and over again. Thank you … for everything the trail had taught me.”  —Cheryl Strayed upon finishing her 1,100-mile hike of the Pacific Crest Trail In her bestselling book “Wild: From Lost to Found on ...

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