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N.Y. unemployment rates drop to lowest level since 2008

Unemployment rates declined year over year in New York and neighboring states—most notably in Massachusetts, whose rate fell by 1.1 percentage points between April 2014 and April 2015, according to preliminary, seasonally-adjusted figures released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor ...

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Take a lesson on tax exemption from the National Football League

In the face of continued Congressional criticism, the National Football League announced last month that it would give up its status as a tax-exempt trade association.  Understanding the reasons for the league’s exempt status—and the reasons that it decided to ...

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Picture page: 2015 Financial Executive of the year award

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More than 500 people attended the 2015 Financial Executive of the Year Award luncheon on May 21 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. The awards program, presented by the local chapter of Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business Journal, was ...

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Explore: T-Talk

Matt Rogers, owner/designer, Transit Apparel Age: 29 Any partners? Officially no, it’s just me. But my wife, Katie, is a big help in keeping the finances straight and providing a helping hand at festivals and shows. And my family is ...

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The Apple Watch vs. the luxury watch: too soon to tell the victor

Is an Apple Watch relevant to your business? Is it a business necessity, or a nicety, or just an expensive techie toy for early adapters and Apple fanboys? Can it succeed without an “i,” like the Apple paradigm-changing iPod, iPhone ...

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Recalling the short, heroic life of Maj. Donald Holleder

As another Memorial Day approaches, Ron Mack can’t help but wonder what might have been had Don Holleder’s life not been cut short while he tried to rescue his fellow soldiers during an ambush in a jungle north of Saigon ...

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Building permits take off in the Northeast

The number of building permits issued in April for privately-owned housing units in the Northeast jumped 57 percent over the number for April 2014. It was the highest for April of any year since 2006, according to seasonally-adjusted and preliminary ...

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Non-Profit Report: Wood Library

Established in 1859, Wood Library is a full-service community library. Its mission is to provide exceptional public library service in a comfortable and safe environment where people can satisfy their curiosity, stimulate their imaginations and connect to the local community ...

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Changing riverfront reflects new kind of city living

Rochester’s riverfront has been energized with a new kind of vitality over the last decade, and signs indicate that this trend will continue. Along a two-mile stretch of the Genesee River, from the University of Rochester to downtown, several projects ...

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New York has fewer delinquent mortgaged homes this year

The percentage of mortgaged homes in New York in serious delinquency—those which are 90 days or more past due or in foreclosure—fell from 7.7 percent in March 2014 to 5.5 percent in March 2015, according to a report from CoreLogic ...

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The RBA One Job initiative is ready to match workers with jobs

The mission of our recently announced Rochester Business Alliance One Job initiative is to connect men and women in poverty with jobs that are a good fit for them. The goal is to help improve their lives and that of ...

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ESOPs face distinctive hurdles when it comes to financing equipment

An ESOP is an employee stock ownership program that provides a company’s workforce with an ownership interest in the company. ESOPs are often established when closely held business owners transition into retirement. According to the National Center for Employee Ownership, ...

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Fast Start: Redesigning a career at MediSked

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How does a founder see his firm objectively? For Douglas Golub, it meant leaving his firm. Golub, 34, has been president and co-founder of MediSked LLC for eight of the company’s 12 years. He and his friend Thomas Hogan started ...

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