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Aug 5, 2022

How to make me NOT vote for you: A public service message for candidates

Here we go again. The election cycle is starting and we’re going to be subjected to another round of stories, press releases, advertising and phone calls. I vote independently. I am not a Republican, Democrat, conservative or liberal. I believe that when you vote, your choice should be based on facts and logic. I do […]

Jul 28, 2022

Do local businesses need support to be greener?

Promoting sustainable operations among businesses should start with small businesses because of their share numbers and contributions to the US economy.

Jul 25, 2022

Employment Equity Coalition aims to improve opportunities for people with disabilities

The month of July is now recognized as Disability Pride month, but individuals with disabilities still do not have full access to opportunities.

Jul 12, 2022

Grit, collective emotional intelligence are foundations for a successful team

A friend of mine, Ron, owns a successful manufacturing company with plants in the U.S. and Mexico.

Jun 27, 2022

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 employees to their large, powerful employers in the post-war economy. After the book made him […]

Jun 3, 2022

Bountiful careers are like well-tended gardens: we reap what we sow

I was working in a vegetable garden last week and got to thinking about how growing vegetables is akin to how successful businesspeople grow their careers.

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 […]

May 9, 2022

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 it would allow gas stations to sell a particular blend of “homegrown” fuel — known […]

Apr 25, 2022

Keep your cool when dealing with a difficult co-worker

Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory. – Bill Russell, NBA Hall of Fame I was contacted by someone who asked for my thoughts on how to deal with a difficult co-worker. I asked what the person did that was troubling, and she said that the person would ask questions in meetings that […]

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 […]

Apr 11, 2022

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 the spread and severity of COVID-19, lifting the state of emergency will mean a return […]

Apr 5, 2022

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 this community. Foundry is special, not just because we are at the forefront of a […]