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Mar 25, 2015

Paychex reports boost in profit, sales

Paychex Inc. reported $704.3 million in total revenue for its fiscal third quarter, beating analyst expectations and representing what company executives call “good progress” against sales initiatives.

Mar 24, 2015

Gates firm Dayton Rogers to lay off most of its workers by summer

Dayton Rogers of New York LLC will lay off 35 of its 39 workers in Gates by mid-June, a filing with the state Department of Labor shows.

Mar 20, 2015

Many sources trigger new product development

Rochester-area small businesses rely on various strategies to develop new products without breaking the bank. Some use customer requests as a jumping-off point for expanding the product line, while others tap in-house talent instead of consultants or seek external guidance only on a short-term basis. No matter what the approach, product development requires an appetite […]

Mar 20, 2015

Banquet and Meeting Facilities, Part 1

Information was provided by individual establishments that responded to an email survey. The survey included banquet/meeting facilities in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne and Wyoming counties that are open to the public. Ranked by maximum room capacity, banquet-style.     2015 Rank Company 1  Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Conven[...]

Mar 20, 2015

Self-management includes some tough challenges

People regularly ask me, “What are the most common issues you see leaders struggling with?” All leaders grapple at times with business uncertainties, personnel issues, economic fears and personal family concerns. But the most chronic leadership struggles have to do with the leader’s self-management. Six self-management challenges stand out: 1. Avoiding discomf[...]

Mar 13, 2015

Rochester Top 100: Webster landscaping firm continues to climb

For going on 35 years, Birchcrest Tree & Landscape Inc. has grown bigger as it has trimmed. The Webster-based landscaping company started as a one-man operation, with owner and master arborist David Dailey Jr. doing residential landscaping and tree work. But as the work increased and varied, the company grew to two employees, and then […]

Mar 13, 2015

Plurality: No ban, tax on plastic bags

Nearly half of respondents support neither a ban nor a tax for single-use plastic bags, while 49 percent of respondents favor a local law banning foam food containers. See dozens of comments from readers.

Mar 6, 2015

Be a ‘conscious capitalist’to benefit others, self

I just finished a phenomenal book titled “Red Notice” by Bill Browder. It is a hair-raising and eye-opening real-life account of the moral depravity of Mr. Putin and his kleptocratic cronies. It is also a tale of heartbreaking injustice and one man’s struggle to right an unspeakable wrong. In the chapter titled “The Magic Fish,” […]

Mar 6, 2015

What to do when social media raise red flags on a potential hire

“After we extended an offer to a candidate—and after that candidate quit her other job—one of our staff members discovered a Facebook post from her that we found very worrisome—something that our clients might find insulting. It was made in a personal context and was not related to her work, her past company or our […]

Mar 4, 2015

Report touts benefits of working from home

Workers in New York State could save nearly $12,000 a year by working from home, a new report from WalletHub shows.

Feb 27, 2015

VirtualScopics posts bigger loss for Q4, year

VirtualScopics Inc. on Thursday reported a net loss for the fourth quarter of $1.1 million, or 38 cents a share, compared with a net loss of $1 million, or 35 cents a share, in the fourth quarter a year ago.

Feb 27, 2015

Rochester Top 100: Experts at determining what things are worth

Terence Griswold, second from left, co-founded the firm in 1988. With him, from left, are fellow managing directors Gregory Sullivan, Scott Brace Jr., Keith Smith and Hugh Woodside. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) What is a glacier worth? While that might not be an often-pondered question, it is one Empire Valuation Consultants LLC has been called […]