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Fast Start: Start that side line

Kimberly Palmer, senior editor at US News & World Report, writes about personal finances. Her new book, “The Economy of You,” shows how launching a side business can help establish financial security and provide a creative outlet. What’s driving this ...

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Revised employment data show stronger 2014 gains

Earlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released revised employment estimates dating back to April 2013. The annual “benchmark” revisions incorporate more comprehensive information from state unemployment insurance tax records, producing job count tallies that are significantly more accurate ...

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Your credit card is about to take the next evolutionary step

“Apple Pay” is not how teachers are paid or a way to keep doctors away. “Chip and PIN” is not a local pub. EMV is not an online version of the DMV. They are, however, all affecting how we in ...

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Trends and compliance in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

With the announcement of the first U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action in 2015 only six days into the new year, the U.S. Department of Justice sent the message to companies with business overseas that it would continue its ...

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Working together to tell Rochester’s full story of strength

Rochester is well-known in New York and across the country for its outstanding health care system, patents per capita generated through the work of local researchers, its 19 regional colleges and universities, and much more. Here at home, however, we ...

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Health savings accounts can benefit employees, company bottom line

When the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010 there was spirited debate about how it would impact businesses and their employees. Five years later, it’s fair to say the debate continues. Many people have many questions. How ...

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Self-management includes some tough challenges

People regularly ask me, “What are the most common issues you see leaders struggling with?” All leaders grapple at times with business uncertainties, personnel issues, economic fears and personal family concerns. But the most chronic leadership struggles have to do ...

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Social service ‘block grants’–why not just give ’em cash?

Yes, Jesus warned us of the persistence of poverty, but we can do better here in Rochester. There is renewed energy directed at the issue, both here and nationwide. The poverty task force announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will continue ...

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Call for coaching change sparks heated debate

It’s not every week that I’m called a “Benedict Arnold,” an “idiot,” an “opportunist,” a “scoundrel” and several profane names not suitable for publication in a family newspaper. Then, again, it’s not every week that I write a column calling ...

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NY unemployment rate drops one percentage point

With the exception of Vermont, whose rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent, unemployment rates dropped by at least one percentage point between January 2014 and January 2015 in New York and neighboring states, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics figures ...

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Non-Profit Report: Trillium Health Inc.

Trillium Health Inc. has a 30-year history as a leading community health center serving the Greater Rochester, Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions. Formed by the 2010 merger of AIDS Community Health Center and AIDS Rochester, Trillium Health delivers primary ...

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Transformative plans become well worth the wait

It is said that “Good things come to those who wait.” For the Rochester Museum and Science Center, the wait was almost 30 years and the “good things” were indeed worth waiting for. In late January, after many attempts over ...

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New Yorkers remarry less often than those in other states

The percentage of ever-married New Yorkers who have married two or more times—17.2 percent of men and 15.8 percent of women—is one of the lowest in the nation, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau released Tuesday, based ...

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Strategic positioning for community-based health care

“One of the best aspects of health care reform is it starts to emphasize prevention.” Anne Wojcicki Last month’s column described the monumental Medicaid Managed Care Reform Initiative being implemented by New York State as rapidly as possible. The reform ...

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Non-Profit Report: Urban League of Rochester N.Y. Inc.,

Urban League of Rochester N.Y. Inc., founded in 1965, is a community-based organization that serves low-income and minority individuals within the Rochester community. As an affiliate of the National Urban League, Urban League of Rochester’s mission is to assist these ...

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