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Ethics education essential to shaping future leaders

In the business world where integrity can raise a company above the competition, ethics courses have become a standard part of the curriculum at business schools. Given the large-scale corporate scandals resulting from a clear lack of ethics, including the ...

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Local executives find teaching personally rewarding

Local executives who also teach bring real-world experiences to the classroom in various ways. Some recount their rookie mistakes, while others shed light on how disruptive innovation reshaped their industry and careers. Armed with deep knowledge of the subject matter ...

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Lump sum problematic in disposal of business

You’ve finally sold your business. You tender the keys, take a substantial check from the buyer—and run smack into tax problems. “Having a lump sum could certainly push them into a higher tax bracket, just by the nature of receiving ...

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Trump tax plan reminiscent of Reagan reforms

Local tax advisers who have studied the proposals of president-elect Donald Trump believe his tax plan could lead to a dramatic increase in economic growth. At the same time, they warn that such a sudden change in economic fortune could ...

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Donor-advised funds savvy way to give to charity

Year end: a time when a young person’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of tax planning. Year-end tax planning has become an annual rite for those looking to minimize Uncle Sam’s appropriation. One way to do this is through charitable ...

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Modern commercial design transforming staid offices

Whether located in the suburbs or the heart of downtown, modern commercial design focuses on open, collaborative spaces, ample seating, natural lighting and environmentally friendly fixtures, area designers say. Gorbel Inc., an overhead crane manufacturer in Fishers, Ontario County, recently ...

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Lighting of buildings makes downtown sparkle

Rochester’s nighttime skyline is undergoing a colorful transformation. Many of our region’s most recognized and revered buildings feature newly installed or renewed exterior lighting schemes. Some are valued historic buildings and others are more modern structures. Taken together, this assemblage ...

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Historic designation underlines area’s bygone days

Since its legislative origins in the 1960s, the National Register of Historic Places has blossomed into more than the official federal list of buildings and districts significant in history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture. For building owners and investors, the ...

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New cybersecurity regulations need clarification

Unless substantially revised or scrapped during the comment period that ends in a matter of days, new regulations will make cybersecurity compliance more complex next year for banks, insurers and other institutions across New York. Among other measures, the proposed ...

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Performance shades merits of active management

I come to praise active management, not to bury it. Active management has been much maligned recently, including in this column, because of the increasing dominance of index investing over active stock picking. Indeed, according to estimates from Morningstar, actively ...

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Customers will drive revolution, local bankers say

Consider what the digital revolution did to video rentals, record stores, travel agents—even newspapers. Now financial technology has emerged to threaten the status quo at banks. Fintech, as it’s called colloquially, includes everything from PayPal to Kickstarter to the blockchain ...

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Med students examine meaning in bioethics classes

The ability of medical professionals to make sound ethical decisions—to do the right thing—is the very basis of health care. Medical providers are called upon every day to make fundamental decisions about the lives and well-being of their patients. But ...

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Solid strategies keep local nursing faculty stable

Nursing schools across the country are having trouble filling their teaching rosters. “There absolutely is a nationwide shortage of faculty,” says Kathy Rideout, dean of the University of Rochester School of Nursing and vice president of the University of Rochester ...

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Future curricula adapt to the evolving medical field

With an eye to the future, leaders at Rochester-area medical and nursing schools are on the hunt for clues about which specialties and skills health care workers will need to thrive in their rapidly changing field. Government research, professional associations’ ...

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