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Impact of ACEs needs to be understood in all aspects of society

Elizabeth Meeker

As the story of COVID-19 unfolds and we see the impact on families and communities across the country, there is a closely woven thread connecting Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the effect on physical and emotional health outcomes. ACEs are ...

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LiDestri Foods now offering Recipe 21 hand sanitizer to public

Orders for LiDestri Foods' hand sanitizer are now being accepted online at Recipe21.com and being shipped directly to consumers.

Recipe 21, a division of LiDestri Foods Inc., on Thursday rolled out its hand sanitizer line for the general public in direct response to COVID-19 relief efforts and the nationwide supply shortage. LiDestri previously had adjusted its spirits production at ...

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Fed must continue to ensure business has access to credit, aid (access required)

John Williams, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said he sees no reason that, with measures of support over time, the economy can't return to pre-pandemic levels of growth (photo courtesy Federal Reserve Bank of New York).

Having already acted to ward off a potential catastrophic collapse of the global economy, the Federal Reserve is now focused on ensuring a rebound of the U.S. economy once the coronavirus pandemic subsides. The vast array of aid packages already ...

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L3Harris doubles down on commitment to Rochester (access required)


While many businesses struggle through the COVID-19 pandemic, L3Harris Technologies Inc. has experienced a number of recent wins, including new contracts, investments and support of small business suppliers. The manufacturer, which has its Communications Systems and Space and Airborne Systems ...

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Unshackle Upstate testimony highlights COVID-19 priorities (access required)


Unshackle Upstate, the non-partisan, pro-taxpayer coalition that advocates for Upstate New York job creators and taxpayers, last week submitted testimony to the New York State Joint Legislative hearing on COVID-19’s impact on small businesses proposing a number of immediate actions ...

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Morelle: Congress must continue to invest in economic recovery (access required)

The Rochester Broadway Theatre League's Auditorium Theatre (file photo).

Health care and entertainment are among the many sectors of the economy that will require financial help as Congress considers another round of emergency funding to offset the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. But legislators also may consider a legal ...

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DiBella’s continues Pay It Forward program

Staffers deliver subs to front line workers at Highland Hospital. (photo provided)

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous local businesses have stepped up to help each other and the underserved population in Rochester. DiBella’s Old Fashioned Submarines Inc. has donated more than $365,000 to food banks in more than a ...

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Emotional feedback can get a bit loopy on video (access required)


“I learned years ago that if I wanted something from my boss I had to catch him in the right mood. But now with everything on Zoom, it’s hard to tell.  I could put more questions and issues into email, ...

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Reopening is upon us — what businesses need to know (access required)

Kevin J. Mulvehill

Many businesses in upstate New York that have been hit hard by COVID-19 are eager to get back to work. While a COVID-19 vaccine is currently in the trial stage, it is unlikely that it will be available to the ...

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Bello, local leaders say municipalities need help from Congress (access required)

Adam Bello

Local government and education officials, their revenue streams choked off by the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic, warned that significant cuts to public safety, social service programs and teachers are looming if Congress does not provide relief. “We ...

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Local banks note SBA loans draw influx of new clients (access required)

Phillip Pecora

Despite many customers facing cashflow problems because of COVID-19, some local banks are seeing their expertise with Small Business Administration loans attract new customers. Philip Pecora, president & CEO of Genesee Regional Bank, says that his community bank already was ...

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Workplace culture post-pandemic: New playing field, same playbook (access required)


At first thought, it might seem we like we need to reimagine every aspect of our workplaces as we plan and prepare to phase back into business as the pandemic restrictions are loosened. But really, though there will be many ...

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Reducing workplace density a must as offices prepare to reopen (access required)

When offices reopen, conference room capacity must be scaled back by at least 50 percent in order to maintain proper distancing (file photo).

Scaling down conference room capacity, installing touchless sensors and increasing the height of work-station dividers are among the practical applications businesses should consider as they move closer to reopening. Ensuring every precaution is taken to protect employees and visitors from ...

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Professional consultants to hold pro-bono clinic


The Rochester Professional Consultants Network plans to host a Business Drop-In Clinic next month for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The clinic will be held online via Zoom. RPCN will hold the clinic on June 1 as a ...

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