A friend of mine, Ron, owns a successful manufacturing company with plants in the U.S. and Mexico.Read More »
Remote work: are we missing valuable social interaction?
William H. Whyte was arguably our keenest observer of corporate America. He was a staff writer for Fortune magazine and his 1956 book, The Organization Man, sold in the millions. The book chronicled the white-collar conformity and commitment of corporate ...Read More »
How not to set policy to reduce the price of gasoline
High gas prices in the U.S. cause a lot of pain for Americans every time they take their vehicles to gas stations to fill up. To address the problem of high gas prices, the Biden administration announced in April that ...Read More »
Post-pandemic era will provide best opportunity to transform healthcare service delivery model
Sometime in the hopefully not-too-distant future, health and safety concerns will have improved so that Governor Hochul will declare an end to the COVID-related state of emergency in New York. By signifying that sufficient progress has been made in reducing ...Read More »
Is New York’s crypto opportunity at risk?
Building Foundry — the fast-growing Western New York-based digital currency company — has been one of my biggest honors. As a native of the region, it has been a joy to give back by steering such an innovative company in ...Read More »
Prioritized to-do lists still powerful, relevant in business
I had a reader stop me the other day and pose the following question. “With all the new technology in the world, what did I believe was the most effective tool to increase one’s productivity, and efficiency?” After thinking about ...Read More »
Why we need to focus more on place-based policies
International trade theory teaches us that relative to no trade, free trade between nations makes them better off. Recent research tells us that the overall gains to the U.S. from trade with China are positive but small. Even so, trade ...Read More »
Coronavirus changed our approach to education — and we shouldn’t look back
Improvisation is a bad fit for most of American education. Our system is overwhelmingly standardized, predicated on the notion that there are certain nuggets of information to be stuffed into the heads of our schoolchildren: take the number of nuggets, ...Read More »
Teaching and meeting facilitating tips for these COVID times
At Alfred University, we have yet to run across a college student during these COVID months who does not long for a return to the Old Norm of good old-fashioned classroom instruction. COVID has resulted in colleges pivoting to a significantly ...Read More »
National Apprenticeship Week shines light on opportunities in manufacturing
When National Apprenticeship Week was first launched in 2015, the purpose was to give manufacturing businesses and educators the opportunity to showcase their apprenticeship programs and apprentices. Across the country, manufacturers were struggling to find skilled labor to fill chronically ...Read More »
SBA honors military spouses, veteran heroes, and their entrepreneurial spirit
Across America, there are thousands of military veterans, spouses and transitioning service members looking to start their own businesses. These men and women are proven leaders, and we know that they make outstanding business leaders. Each year, there are over ...Read More »
Is ‘sustainable marketing’ the future of marketing in a post-pandemic era?
The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly influenced how individuals evaluate products or services that they receive. The influence may vary depending on products, but it is there. Our perspectives about sources and origins of what we purchase and the manner which ...Read More »
Rochester small businesses deserve truth in lending
Here in Rochester, small businesses are doing all they can to stay afloat during the pandemic, changing their product offerings and taking out loans. Unfortunately, too many small businesses are still in the dark on the true cost of predatory ...Read More »
Profits uber alles: Milton Friedman on business, Disney and Mulan
Fifty years ago, in September 1970, the prominent economist Milton Friedman famously argued that the social responsibility of business was to increase its profits. This was a remarkable statement because it suggested very plainly that corporate executives did not really ...Read More »
How much information is enough?
Do we really need to know how many calories there are in the bag of popcorn that we just purchased while proceeding to a movie theatre? Do we really benefit by knowing how much time Uncle Sam thinks it should ...Read More »