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Understand acronyms that make alphabet soup of health care reform

One of many things I learned from my friend and mentor Bruce Carlson is this: Always speak in a language your audience understands. Of course, accountants are not generally known for clarity when they speak the language of finance and ...

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Non-Profit Report: Gateways Music Festival Inc.

Gateways Music Festival Inc. produces a five-day music festival in Rochester every two years in collaboration with the Eastman School of Music and other organizations in the community. The festival celebrates the contributions of classically trained musicians of African descent. ...

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Fast Start: A new phase at RYP

Change is afoot at Rochester Young Professionals. President Nate Bank steps down Aug. 1, and Bradley Flower is taking over. Flower, below, has been vice president for the last year and founded RYP’s sports division in 2012. Now in its ...

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Cautious consumers are the real concern, not inflation risk

As summer begins to wane (judged by the number of “back-to-school” sales I’m seeing), a couple of items remain wedged in my thoughts. First, the poor showing of GDP in the first quarter will certainly dampen the full-year results, and ...

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Lower the finger of blame; consider all contributing factors

We live in a blame culture. Watch a news program on any given night, and everyone from political pundits to sportscasters to anchormen will point the finger of blame at one villain or another. Politicians are blamed for everything that ...

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Improving a lagging work group is harder during growth

“I’m leading a department in a young company. I have one very high-performing team that is doing incredibly well and one other that is doing OK but not producing all the results I was hoping for. We are now getting ...

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Area’s median home sale price rises 1.1% in year

Median home sale prices in Rochester-area towns generally were higher in the second quarter of 2014 than a year earlier, according to a report released July 17 by the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors. Victor, Macedon and Batavia had the ...

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Prices rise at 1.9% annual rate in Northeast

A 4.7 percent increase in the pump price of regular gasoline and a 0.9 percent decrease in the price of natural gas for households contributed to an overall 1.9 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for urban consumers in ...

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Non-Profit Report: Wild Wings Inc.

Wild Wings Inc. cares for permanently injured birds of prey that are no longer able to survive in the wild. The organization teaches environmental stewardship and respect for the natural world through educational programs that feature the raptors. Thousands of ...

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Create a supportive environment for fostering creativity, celebration

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” “Nothing will work unless you do.” “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” —Maya ...

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New rules eliminate need for IRS declaimer, attendant confusion

If you’ve ever received an email with tax advice, you’re probably familiar with the long block of boilerplate in the email’s footer that says you can’t rely on the advice. The IRS has effectively required this since 2005. However, last ...

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By many measures, growth of local economy is still weak

As we enter year five of recovery from the Great Recession, local economic growth continues to limp along. The sluggish pace of expansion can be seen in any number of metrics. The most prominent is net job creation: Local private-sector ...

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Vast amounts of information now freely available to all

According to President Ronald Reagan, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’” So it may be time to stand up and take notice when governments around the world ...

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