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2014 Wealth of Health Awards

Sixteen Rochester-area employers were honored June 12 at the 2014 Wealth of Health Awards for their efforts to encourage and support wellness among employees. The event, now in its ninth year, is presented by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Rochester Region, and ...

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NON-PROFIT REPORT: The United Way of Greater Rochester

The United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. concentrates the power of the community’s resources to address its most pressing social needs. Every year, United Way donors make it possible for more than 500,000 people in Greater Rochester to get the ...

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Harsh winter weather took a toll on several industries

The May employment report provided a bit of good news on the Rochester labor front. On a year-over-year basis, private-sector employment increased by 3,900 or 0.9 percent—three times April’s gain and the strongest showing since April 2013. While payroll growth ...

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International grad students apply lessons learned here

Rochester colleges attract a wide range of international business students. Because of the global corporate culture, studying business internationally affords students the knowledge to be well-equipped when entering the workforce. Three local institutions—the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School, Rochester ...

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Great workplaces inspire creativity and fun with collaboration

The summer months bring a variety of festivals, concerts, sports and music to the Rochester area. Whether checking out the latest band at CMAC, enjoying a Red Wings game or heading out to a festival, Rochesterians are sure to find ...

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Ravages of time are a major drag on Tiger’s record pursuit

Tiger Woods decided to use this week’s Quicken Loans National tournament the way a major-league pitcher would use a minor-league rehab assignment—as a tune-up to shake off the rust before resuming pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ majors record at next month’s ...

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Lord Stanley’s Cup runneth over for Rochester native Nickson

Careers, like hockey pucks, can take fortuitous bounces. Just ask Nick Nickson Jr., the longtime voice of the Los Angeles Kings, who recently broadcast his second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons. Long before the Penfield High School graduate became ...

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Inflation reaches 2% for Northeast’s urban areas

The Consumer Price Index for urban areas in the northeastern U.S. rose 2 percent from May 2013 to May 2014, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was the region’s largest year-over-year increase in any ...

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Scandals will always plague a separate VA health system

The most recent scandal involving Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals is simply another manifestation of problems that have plagued VA hospitals for decades. After outcries about poor quality of care after the Vietnam War, the VA made major improvement efforts, ...

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Coveted ‘Manufacturing Community’ designation will benefit region

The Finger Lakes region, led by the city of Rochester, recently received a federal “Manufacturing Community” designation. The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership distinction provides resources to accelerate the region’s manufacturing resurgence, leading to additional job opportunities for residents. As ...

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NON-PROFIT REPORT: Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County

Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County Inc. provides free legal help in civil matters for low-income county residents using approximately 1,600 volunteer attorneys. It was created in 1981 as a project of the Monroe County Bar Association and became ...

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Fast Start: Chasing the dream

The death of an American dream is not loud, dramatic or well-publicized. It is simply abandoned for something that seems easier or more realistic. In 2012, our dream, the Bly Project, successfully funded a Kickstarter campaign aimed at driving from ...

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New York exports fell 6.2% in April, but outlook is better

Exports by New York companies slid again in April. Sales of goods made in the Empire State fell 6.2 percent in April, following a decrease of 1.5 percent in March. In April, the state’s exporters shipped abroad $6.4 billion in ...

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Banking relationships should evolve through the business life cycle

When business owners think of banks, two things often come to mind: time and money—as in “How much time do we have to pay back borrowed money?” The truth is there’s merit in this thinking; the working relationship between business ...

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