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Important to know internet security’s terminology

With networks, computers, websites, cloud-based services, mobile devices and related technologies playing an ever increasing role in even the most traditional of industries, it is a challenge for those who aren’t tech-savvy to keep up with it all. When it ...

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Casual approach to cybersecurity not advisable

Last year’s large-scale cyberhacks of Yahoo Inc. and the Democratic National Party reinforced something that technology experts have known for a while: Chances are, your business will get hacked at some point. With the onslaught of attacks increasing year by ...

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Consultants help firms engender culture of success

The workplace is evolving more rapidly than ever—and so are the skills professionals need to thrive within it. Local experts can help organizations teach employees those skills to create a culture of success. Patrick Jackman, founder of Jackman Group LLC, ...

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Reducing avoidance in leadership requires will and skill

Are you one of those leaders who skirts discomfort and ducks relationship challenges? Leaders who confront problems and those who pause to think in the face of confusion are in short supply, but avoiders show up everywhere. You might say ...

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Online classes give students a taste of the wider world

Whether offering online classes designed to bring international students together, sharing career skills with students around the globe, or encouraging an entire campus to consider ways it can expand its reach online, local colleges are using technology to make learning ...

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Growing health costs remain top local concern

With Republicans set to control Congress and the White House for the next two years, some local business leaders see an opportunity to revise or replace the Affordable Care Act and make it less burdensome for employers. President Barack Obama ...

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Law firms steeling themselves for new questions

Rochester-area law firms have yet to see a barrage of questions about the Affordable Care Act’s possible repeal, but some employers have asked whether they should continue complying with the law’s information-reporting requirements. The answer is yes. “It’s very important ...

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No consensus on what ACA repeal would look like

In December, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., promised a vote to overturn the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This week, steps were taken to set a repeal in motion. While axing the ...

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U.S. or state estate tax won’t bite most New Yorkers

New York State presents advantages for those who hope to leave something to their heirs—along with a few problems. “The estate tax law is particularly troublesome,” says Ralph Code, who co-founded Boylan Code LLP and is a partner at the ...

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Changes to U.S. tax code in 2017 a guessing game

President-elect Donald Trump may like being unpredictable, but that’s not an approach most financial planners embrace. On the cusp of 2017, changes to the U.S. tax code seem likely after the new president takes office, but what form this might ...

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Value stocks belong in portfolio of long-term investor

When was the last time you intentionally bought something of poor quality? Interestingly, doing just that could help you earn higher returns in your investment portfolio. Value stocks are the shares of companies that trade at low valuations relative to ...

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Trump administration could be good for Rochester

Does the local economy feel the transition of power in Washington? Not as dramatically as some might surmise, local experts say. “Presidents have less of an effect on the overall economy than one would think,” says David Primo, the Ani ...

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Business owners weigh in on prospects for new year

The Rochester Business Journal’s Forecast 2017 survey asked local businesses about their prospects for the coming year, finding a generally positive attitude. Survey participants were asked to describe their outlook for their business over the next 12 months, including the ...

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Agents pleased with real estate sales in sellers’ market

The local real estate market performed well in 2016, and area real estate agents expect that momentum to continue in 2017. Millennials buying their first homes and retirees looking to downsize will drive the market on the residential side. In ...

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Buildings on Main miss out on downtown resurgence

I am often asked, “What are they going to do about those buildings at the corner of Clinton and Main? They look terrible!” The block of structures in question, which extends west toward the Gateway Center and Granite Building, has ...

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