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Glimpse of business in Vietnam leaves lasting impressions

When James Bruno picked the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology for his MBA, the international business trip offered by the program played a big role in his decision. “I wanted the ability to take what we ...

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Ask your employees to help you in creating a positive workplace

“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.” —Florence Nightingale In their book “No Excuses: How You Can Turn Any Workplace into a Great One,” authors Jennifer Robin and Michael Burchell explain common challenges to ...

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Set up a donor-advised fund to celebrate this season of giving

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”—Anne Frank You can count on it: For every holiday greeting card you’ll receive this year, you most likely will get an equal number of traditional end-of-year appeals from charitable organizations hoping that ...

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Fast Start: Where are they now?

Suthida Fon Sakulsurarat, owner, and Rich Tyson, full-time volunteer, Fahsye Opening day: April 6, 2012. It was Good Friday and also Chakri Day Memorial (the founding of the Chakri Monarchy) in Thailand. How has the store changed in the 2 ...

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NON-PROFIT REPORT: The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army began in 1865 when William Booth, a London minister, decided to take his message into the streets to try and reach the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute. The Salvation Army came to Rochester on ...

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Fast Start: Next stop, Japan: He likes a challenge

Twenty-year-old Jaquan Outlaw is off to a fast start. A native of Newport News, Va., he earned the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship—one of 1,000 high school students to receive it nationwide—in his senior year. The honor covers full tuition to ...

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A little planning can bring you significant savings

Year end is right around the corner-a time when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of, well, tax planning. For most of us, the thought of tax planning is enough to either make us glaze over in a ...

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Personal income growth here fails to keep pace with inflation

Monroe County ranked 11th and Ontario County 14th among New York’s 62 counties by 2013 per-capita personal income, according to data released Nov. 20 by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. But the increases of 1.1 percent ...

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Rochester Business Alliance welcomes new president Robert Duffy

Last week, the Rochester Business Alliance Board of Directors elected Bob Duffy to succeed me as RBA president and CEO. I could not be more pleased. As I look at the qualities that are needed for this job, one of ...

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Non-Profit Report: The Genesee Country Village & Museum

The Genesee Country Village & Museum, chartered by the state Education Department as an educational institution, was founded to preserve prime examples of architecture from Upstate New York and to foster an understanding of New York and American history. Through ...

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Labor market struggles dim consumer spending outlook

The Rochester labor market continued to struggle in October-an ominous sign for consumer spending as the "Black Friday" holiday shopping weekend gets underway.   Private-sector employment in the five-county metro area was 0.1 percent (300 jobs) below year-ago levels-in stark ...

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Map out your business expansion for long-term growth

Businesses have taken great strides over the last few years in managing expenses, investing in new technology and increasing cash flow. These were important steps in keeping companies strong and enhancing valuation as the economy recovered from the Great Recession. ...

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