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Upon further review, Q3 GDP growth looks even better

Just in time for the holiday season, the second take on third-quarter GDP gave us a big, gift-wrapped present. It was revised upward from a 3.5 percent rate to 3.9 percent. This follows a stalwart second-quarter increase of 4.6 percent ...

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Advances in imaging technology branch into data analysis

Most of us know how to load text and numbers into a spreadsheet for analysis, such as typing it in or “copy and paste.” What if analyzing information otherwise locked inside a picture taken with your smartphone could be as ...

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Optimize your success by being a purpose-driven organization

A Gold’s Gym opened earlier this year in my hometown of Fairport. I was one of the first to join, and I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know the owners (George and Todd) fairly well. A few months ...

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How to make pre-employment testing work for your needs

“As a small business owner, I have limited experience with pre-employment testing but have been encouraged to get into it by several trusted friends. Frankly, the more traditional methods of vetting prospective employees have not always worked well for me. ...

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Analysts see positive trends in October online job numbers

There were 1.91 unemployed New Yorkers for every in-state job advertised online in October, according to the Help Wanted OnLine Data Series released Wednesday by the Conference Board. The monthly report measures the number of new jobs that are online ...

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A little planning can bring you significant savings

Year end is right around the corner-a time when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of, well, tax planning. For most of us, the thought of tax planning is enough to either make us glaze over in a ...

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Personal income growth here fails to keep pace with inflation

Monroe County ranked 11th and Ontario County 14th among New York’s 62 counties by 2013 per-capita personal income, according to data released Nov. 20 by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. But the increases of 1.1 percent ...

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Rochester Business Alliance welcomes new president Robert Duffy

Last week, the Rochester Business Alliance Board of Directors elected Bob Duffy to succeed me as RBA president and CEO. I could not be more pleased. As I look at the qualities that are needed for this job, one of ...

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Non-Profit Report: The Genesee Country Village & Museum

The Genesee Country Village & Museum, chartered by the state Education Department as an educational institution, was founded to preserve prime examples of architecture from Upstate New York and to foster an understanding of New York and American history. Through ...

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Labor market struggles dim consumer spending outlook

The Rochester labor market continued to struggle in October-an ominous sign for consumer spending as the "Black Friday" holiday shopping weekend gets underway.   Private-sector employment in the five-county metro area was 0.1 percent (300 jobs) below year-ago levels-in stark ...

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Rochester just under national averages of households with computers, high-s

Some 87.6 percent of Rochester metropolitan area residents—slightly below the U.S. average of 88.4 percent—live in households with a computer, according to 2013 American Community Survey figures released by the U.S. Census Nov. 13. The same study reported that 79 ...

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New center features soaring roof lines, natural light

When the downtown RTS Transit Center opens to customers next week, it immediately will become a dynamic new hub for public transit in Rochester. Spanning an entire city block bounded by Pleasant Street, St. Paul Street, Mortimer Street and South ...

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Non-Profit Report: The Empire Justice Center

The Empire Justice Center is a statewide law firm that has protected and strengthened the legal rights of those who are poor, disabled or disenfranchised for more than 30 years. The center accomplishes this through systemic change advocacy, training and ...

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