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Can your corporate value statement pass the Mafia test?

Corporate value statements are in vogue now. Everyone has them, and they comprise a list of virtually every superlative the English language can muster. Teamwork, respect, accountability, loyalty, relationships, results, integrity, entrepreneurial, dependable and pride are just a few of ...

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A few managerial tips for employee flustered by pressure

“I have been trying to develop and promote a new team member. She has wonderful technical skills and gets along beautifully with our team. Everyone is fond of her and she is getting some good assignments. I have noticed, however, ...

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Courageous girl inspired championship sports banquet

The year was 1950. Harry Truman was “giving ’em hell” in the White House. Our soldiers were discovering that “war is hell” in Korea. Charles Schulz was pitching his new comic strip, “Peanuts,” to major metropolitan newspapers. A Philadelphia baseball ...

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Fast Start: RocCity survey

RocCity Coalition has released preliminary results of a survey of young professionals as part of the Vision 2025 strategic planning process. Vision 2025 is a grassroots effort involving the YP groups that comprise the coalition. The process is part blueprint, ...

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A sweet spot with data analytics

Now more than ever, companies have to see themselves realistically. As continuous improvement engineer for Baldwin Richardson Foods Co., John Johnson, 28, is striving to provide his company with hard numbers to best form that realistic picture. “I use data ...

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Wage growth in Rochester has started to accelerate

One of the most hotly debated public policy issues of the current economic recovery has been the anemic growth in real hourly wages. While payroll employment has rebounded strongly since the end of the Great Recession—with nearly 11 million new ...

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Interest rate concerns can be managed with hedging

There is no clear-cut formula for business success. While the desired outcome—generating revenue that exceeds expenses—is universal, the approach for getting there is nuanced and fluid. A great example of this is how businesses manage interest rate risk. If your ...

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Seeking income? Chasing yields can be tricky territory

Income-producing investments, bonds producing a lot of interest income and stocks paying large dividends have been on a tear over the last few years. With yields on bonds falling to all-time lows, investors seeking income from their portfolios have been ...

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N.Y. income tax makes up more than half of state taxes

Income taxes accounted for 62 cents of every tax dollar collected by New York in 2014, according to figures published April 16 by the U.S. Census. The proportion of income tax to total tax collected was second only to Oregon’s ...

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Non-Profit Report: Catholic Charities of Livingston County

Non-Profit Report: Catholic Charities of Livingston County works to alleviate poverty through direct assistance, advocating for social and economic justice, and encouraging self-sufficiency through education and support. Incorporated in 1995, CCLC started out with two programs offering basic emergency services ...

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Use Google Analytics to measure your marketing success

Do you make business decisions based on pertinent information or your gut? Maybe you’re like a lot of people who rely on what I call “gutfo”—using intuition and then finding information that supports it. Either way, collecting and analyzing data ...

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Workplace helps millennials engage with United Way

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” —Winston S. Churchill Great workplaces value and respect the opinions of a multigenerational workforce. As millennials grow in size and influence to employers, it ...

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Thinking green opens door to new possibilities

Over the last several years, a developing trend has fundamentally shifted how we have come to view our relationship with the environment. Thinking green has achieved broad popularity—not just here, but across the nation. It is reflected in a more ...

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Rochester sees minimal growth in non-farm payrolls

Growth in non-farm payrolls in upstate metro areas from February 2014 to February 2015 was uniformly lower than the statewide average, according to preliminary figures released April 8 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rochester’s non-farm payrolls totaled 521,700 ...

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