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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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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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Working together, business leaders can change ‘kids climate’

Former Sentry Safe CEO Jim Brush and I recently posted a blog titled “Improving Our City by Making Kids a Business Priority” on The Children’s Agenda website. That blog is one of 10 blog posts from community leaders committed 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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‘Buyer beware’ when selecting new version of Medicare Advantage

A number of elderly members of Medicare Advantage plans, which are privatized versions of Medicare in which the federal government pays an insurer to provide at least equivalent coverage to traditional Medicare, have recently received notices from the insurers that ...

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Non-Profit Report: Ibero-American Action League Inc.

Ibero-American Action League, Inc. is a bilingual non-profit that serves people of all backgrounds. With a focus on education and job readiness, Ibero’s goal is to strengthen the community through programs that prepare children, youth and adults for school and ...

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Local gas prices down 5 percent from a year ago

The recent steady decline in gas prices nationwide is welcome news for motorists—including Rochester drivers, who are paying some 18 cents less for a gallon of gas, on average, than they did a year ago, according to Wednesday’s Daily Fuel ...

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Use the right metrics in measuring your digital advertising impact

Marketers all know John Wanamaker’s famous quote, “Half the money I spend on advertising is wasted; the trouble is I don’t know which half.” A century later, that’s finally beginning to change. With the tremendous growth of digital marketing and ...

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Translating the Common Core into tests fuels criticism

In last month’s column, I joined the beleaguered defenders of the Common Core standards. The evidence shows that American children leave school having learned less than peers in other nations—27th of 34 nations tested in math, 17th in reading and ...

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