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Keep your business on top of the changing digital landscape

Nine years after the initial publication of Thomas Friedman’s “The World Is Flat,” there continues to be groundbreaking activity and exponential growth in digital technology as well as analysis of its impact on globalization. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author sparked much ...

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Fast Start: First Friday fun

The Fringe Fest may be nearly over, but don’t think for a minute you can catch your breath and stay home next weekend. First Friday beckons on Oct. 3, and plenty of artists will have their studio doors open until ...

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Rochester growing beyond non-durable goods sector

New data on Rochester’s 2013 gross domestic output highlights the region’s challenges as well as opportunities. Adjusted for inflation, local GDP recorded a 1.1 percent increase over the past year—trailing the 1.7 percent mean for all U.S. metro areas. Since ...

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Downturns can be scary but also ripe with opportunity

Given the length of the current stock market rally and the level stock market valuations have reached, there is a large and growing consensus that the next downturn is right around the corner. Many believe that rather than just a ...

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Taking stock of technology from 1989 and into the future

What role did computer technology play in your life in 1989? Did you (or for you “youngins,” your parents) own a computer? Or have a mobile phone? Were you “connected” in any way? This column marks my 25th anniversary of ...

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NON-PROFIT REPORT: The Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley

The Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley works to help women and girls achieve economic self-sufficiency.Since its founding in 1994, the organization has invested more than $1 million in programs serving those in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne and Yates ...

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Heat intensifies as Roger Goodell, NFL fumble major issues

Several weeks ago, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell was the most powerful man in sports. He clearly isn’t any more. His fumbling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case and the league’s belated response to Adrian Peterson’s alleged child ...

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U.S. median household income edges upward

Median household income in the United States was $52,250 in 2013, an increase of 0.6 percent compared with 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Income figures reported for households in New York and neighboring states ...

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Finger Lakes priority projects include middle skills job development

Next month, Empire State Development will announce how much funding New York’s 10 Regional Economic Development Councils receive for the priority projects each region identified. As a member of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, I worked closely with ...

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Rochester ranks high for decline in average airfare

The price of a domestic flight originating from Greater Rochester International Airport went from an inflation-adjusted average $561 in 2000 to $366 in 2014, declining almost 35 percent, according to data released in July by the U.S. Department of Transportation. ...

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Sometimes regulation is stultifying; more often it’s needed

If you read airline magazines, you can learn what is the next great thing in entrepreneurial health care opportunities. A few years ago there was a spate of ads about how great an opportunity it was to open a comprehensive ...

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Non-Profit Report: Foodlink Inc.

Non-Profit Report: Foodlink Inc. is a regional food hub and the Feeding America food bank serving Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties. It distributes food to more than 500 human service agencies, serves more ...

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