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Fast Start: A life spent ‘trying new stuff’

Operating from the credo that quality is king, Andrew Cook, 34, has crafted a desire to connect people to experiences. With his current endeavor, Swiftwater Brewing Co. LLC, a craft brewery and restaurant on Mt. Hope Avenue, he plans to ...

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Non-Profit Report: Honor Flight Rochester

Non-Profit Report: Honor Flight Rochester Inc. serves U.S. military veterans by enabling them to visit Washington, D.C., and reflect together at the war memorials built in their honor. The organization was founded in June 2008, and until this year its ...

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Education’s role as service export gains in importance

The export business is growing in Rochester, and Jon Burdick spots evidence of it whenever he drives down West Henrietta Road on a Friday night. There he sees a corner where restaurants once failed to thrive, but today a sit-down ...

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Life advice for new graduates on effort, risk, perspective and success

At this time of year, new graduates and their families celebrate the conclusion of a school year and the start of a new phase of their lives—a commencement. While there are many inspiring and even controversial speeches at the various ...

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State changes law on sourcing and taxing corporate income

New York has overhauled its corporate tax law. The changes are the most significant in more than 30 years and will have far-reaching implications for how taxes are computed for New York corporations and corporations in other states that do ...

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Contraction of labor force is trend that sends warning

The April unemployment figures for Rochester and other upstate metro areas were eye-opening, to say the least. On a seasonally adjusted basis, the local unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 5.8 percent—down from 6.4 percent in March and ...

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Employment measure shows slow growth in N.Y.

Non-farm payroll employment in New York grew 1 percent from April 2013 to April 2014, which was 30th-best among U.S. states and territories, according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Upstate metro areas had even slower ...

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For investors, asset diversification pays off if you do it right

Individual investors make bad decisions. That is the conclusion of a recent study, showing that 401(k) plan investors are increasingly tilting their accounts toward stocks although stock market valuations have risen significantly. According to the study from Aon Hewitt, stocks ...

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Voice of the Bills to receive an honor he richly deserves

I was one of those people who would mute the volume on the television during Buffalo Bills games and flip on the radio so I could listen to Van Miller instead of the network announcers. I had plenty of company ...

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Unemployment falls in state’s metro areas

The Rochester metro area’s unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in April, well below the 6.1 percent average for all New York metro areas, according to preliminary figures released Tuesday by the state Labor Department. Utica’s rate was 2 percentage points ...

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Non-Profit Report: Pittsford Youth Services Inc.

Pittsford Youth Services Inc. provides confidential and affordable social work services for young people and their families in Pittsford and its schools. The organization was founded in 1969 by churches that saw a need for a safe and supportive place ...

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Fast Start: Downtown perk-up

Interested in knowing the very latest on what’s happening downtown? The June 6 EYP Breakfast Series event presented by the Eastman Young Professionals Circle will feature Heidi Zimmer-Meyer, president of Rochester Downtown Development Corp. RDDC works to inject more vibrancy ...

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2014 Financial Executive of the year award: Picture Page

The 2014 Financial Executive of the Year Award luncheon drew nearly 450 people to the Hyatt Regency Rochester on May 20. The awards program was started in 2008 by the local chapter of Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business ...

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