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May 26, 2022

When business gets slow it’s time to train your staff

By the time April 2020 came around, we found ourselves at Flower City Communications as perplexed as every other business. Suddenly our customers were shut down or, at best, working from home. The clients we worked so hard to please daily simply had no need for our products or services. Our staff was sitting around […]

Apr 18, 2022

Is the Russian ruble rebounding and, if yes, then why?

Ever since Russia commenced its “special military operation” (a/k/a war) in Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the West has hit that nation with a unified slew of sanctions of amazing severity. In fact, no country — large or small — in recent memory has ever been hit by such stringent and coordinated sanctions. Therefore, given […]

Mar 15, 2022

Constellation Brands and Monster Beverage: M&A or alliance?

The talk of a merger (or an acquisition) involving Monster Beverage and Constellation Brands is once again circulating in business communities. Their initial announcement back in November 2021 was followed by several weeks of silence leading some to speculate that maybe this deal will not go through after all, perhaps due to one or both […]

Feb 11, 2022

Use ancient virtues to guide you as a leader

Recently, a politician was espousing that he believes in “traditional family values.” A friend who works for a large company was excited to tell me about his current leadership training and the company’s “core values.” I asked my friend what the difference was between traditional family values and corporate core values; he gave me a […]

Jan 24, 2022

Don’t underestimate the power of envy to cause problems

Last week I heard from an RBJ reader wondering if I thought greed was the motivation behind the U.S. financial meltdown of 2008 and in the frothy markets today, could it happen again? The vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Charlie Munger, was asked the same question at a Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting. As many […]

Jan 4, 2022

Embrace the positives and possibilities of Greater Rochester

While there is a strong core of people who are “from” the greater Rochester area, it also seems to be a magnet for collecting life’s nomads.   I know a number of people, including myself, who ended up here one way or another. Not necessarily by design, mind you. But there is something about this area that […]

Dec 28, 2021

How to increase the uptake of EVs: Subsidize price or charging stations?

Climate change is the most serious environmental problem that confronts humans today. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are collectively most responsible for the climate change problem. Therefore, national governments are thinking about how best to reduce the emissions of GHGs in their respective nations.   According to the World Resources Institute, globally, the transport sector is responsible […]

Dec 13, 2021

Defending against Title IX sexual misconduct charges: What students, parents need to know

Title IX charges are pursued aggressively by colleges and universities across the country. A Title IX allegation has the potential to ruin a student’s academic future and should not be taken lightly. Although these proceedings are quasi-criminal in nature, they actually afford students far fewer criminal rights than would be had in an actual criminal case. Students who�[...]

Dec 7, 2021

New report raises important points for today’s youth

Generally speaking, the more education you receive, the higher your earnings. Years of data collection by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics bear this out. 

Nov 30, 2021

Beware of the rise of the ‘expert class’

In 1922, “Public Opinion” was authored by American columnist and political philosopher, Walter Lippmann.

Nov 23, 2021

Entrepreneurs and marketing in a time of economic recovery

November 2021 has been designated by President Biden as National Entrepreneurship Month.

Oct 25, 2021

Effective DEI education requires hard work, heart work

Over the past few years, publicized instances of discrimination in America have become an unfortunate, recurring theme in the news cycle and amongst communities, and it’s clear that there is no longer a way to fully protect adolescents from the realities of racial tensions, nor should we strive to.