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There is no way to dress up the third-quarter GDP report

There’s an old line from somewhere that you can’t put a tuxedo on a pig … it’s still a pig. That’s similar to the latest GDP release. Let’s remember that it’s the advance (first of three) estimates and subject to ...

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Upstate unemployment mirrors national average

Year-over-year declines in unemployment rates for upstate New York metro areas continue to mirror the national average, according to September figures released on Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Rates for the U.S. and for the Buffalo metro area ...

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Non-Profit Report: The Monroe Community College Foundation Inc.

Non-Profit Report: The Monroe Community College Foundation Inc. was established in 1983 to secure private-sector support to supplement and enhance public funding at Monroe Community College. The MCC Foundation provides a means for donors, friends and volunteers to support the ...

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Time to ask: Is globalization once again in retreat?

In his noteworthy tome “In Defense of Globalization,” distinguished economist Jagdish Bhagwati notes that the term “globalization” has become a buzzword. Even though people use it in a variety of contexts, it is helpful to think of globalization as being ...

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Volunteering can spur a sense of community in your company

I often have the opportunity to share my thoughts with other members of the business community on the importance of companies being “irresistibly attractive” to their employees. I have learned that it is often the intangibles—everyday thoughtful comments and genuine ...

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Shrinking industrial workforce hurts labor market

The local labor market ended the third quarter on a down note. A net 900 private-sector jobs were added in September relative to year-ago levels—an anemic 0.2 percent increase that significantly trailed both the statewide (1.6 percent) and national (2.3 ...

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New tool lets you create multimedia presentations with ease

Do you need to share information demonstrated on a computer with others, but sometimes can’t be there in person when it is time to share? Do you want finer control of the ingredients that go into your computer video to ...

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Purchasing cards help your company operate more efficiently

Corporate purchasing programs are a challenge for many growing companies. From purchase orders to employee expenses, there are many opportunities to improve transactional efficiencies. Purchasing cards, or P-cards, give businesses the resources and information they need to streamline operations, control ...

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It makes good business sense to attend to mental health

If you’re an employer wrestling—as many of us are—with soaring health care costs, you may consider biometric screening, monitoring health claims or even offering free Fitbit activity trackers to employees. But before you revamp or initiate a wellness program, consider ...

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Majority of Americans tend to distrust neighbors

Fewer than half of U.S. residents strongly agree with the statement that their neighbors can be trusted, according to data released on Oct. 16 by the U.S. Census Bureau. The question was included in the community involvement section of the ...

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Non-Profit Report: CDS Monarch Inc.

CDS Monarch Inc. helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, veterans and seniors live and thrive in their communities through personalized life planning and transition support. CDS Monarch began with a group of parents whose goal was to ensure quality ...

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New social media ruling sets precedent on ownership of page ‘likes’

Businesses must use social media to remain competitive in today’s marketplace, and managing that social media presence creates many issues of strategy, cost and intellectual property protection. The rate at which technology is changing has caused judges and juries to ...

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The bigger your business is, the smaller you need to act

I recently witnessed a reminder of the power of a truly intentional experience—the kind of experience that really impresses customers and, in some cases, doesn’t cost the company very much at all. The companies we love to do business with ...

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