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Demographic data show an increase in diversity

While the number of students attending private primary and secondary schools nationwide is declining, a sampling of local private school demographics reflects consistent if not growing enrollments. There is an overall increase in student diversity at these schools, and there ...

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Playing to their strengths keeps local schools afloat

Catholic schools around Greater Rochester have worked hard in recent years to boost enrollments—or keep them from falling—with some success. “While enrollment declined at rates in the double digits during the early 2000s, the percentage decline has dropped to around ...

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Accounting software can benefit small businesses

When Carl Mancuso started researching for accounting help with his gas station five years ago, he found QuickBooks Online. Today, Mancuso’s latest launch is Fusion SEO, a web design, web development and search engine optimization company—his fourth small business. He ...

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Avoiding conflicts of interest requires diligence

Legal and accounting firms must constantly guard against conflicts of interest. “You never know what’s going to come up,” says Scott Piper, a partner at Harris Beach PLLC. When not appropriately acted upon, a conflict of this kind can produce ...

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An IP audit can help uncover potential problems

Cloud platforms and apps now ease the task of tracking machinery, vehicles and other physical assets businesses have, but how can companies keep tabs on intangible assets that make or break their brand? The solution is an intellectual property audit, ...

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Be proactive with workplace violence prevention

Last year on Dec. 2, a county health department in California held a training session for its employees in a reserved conference room. The shooting that occurred during what began as a typical workplace event in San Bernardino continues to ...

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Human resources leaders deserve a seat at the table

I recently spoke at a regional event for the Society of Human Resource Professionals where I covered insights about the human resource professional’s role in an organization, technology’s role in supporting culture change, and the overall responsibility for measuring the ...

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Being candid about salaries can build employee trust

Negotiating a salary can be a little bit like buying a car. The dealer wants to get as much as possible without alienating the customer; the buyer wants to pay as little as possible and still make the deal. A ...

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Some local buildings have a touch of transparency

Long prized for its aesthetic appeal, glass as a building material requires careful consideration in its application to allow it to shine. There isn’t an architect who doesn’t like buildings with a lot of glass, says New York City-based design ...

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New neighborhood takes shape in center city

Everyone at Bergmann Associates is looking forward to moving into a new “Center City” neighborhood next month. Work stations are being packed, furnishings have been sent out for refurbishment and preparations are in full swing. Recently, the entire staff at ...

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Technology brings a singular realism to renderings

As an architecture student, Michael Bryant most enjoyed working on the images that represented a building yet to be constructed. Today he creates those images for a living through his design firm, Bryant Design Studios LLC, in Canandaigua. Bryant works ...

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Some local companies are letting go of landlines

For more than a century, businesses have been using landline telephones as a prominent form of communication. But the last decade brought an endless wave of wireless phone systems that have nearly drowned landlines. As phone technology evolved, so have ...

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Small businesses finding ways to use data analytics

The world of data analytics may seem daunting for smaller firms that do not have an IT staff on hand. Still, it’s a world worth exploring. These tools are becoming more important in helping businesses better serve customers and stay ...

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RIT pioneered one of today’s top degree programs

Twenty years ago Rochester Institute of Technology started something while universities across the country watched. RIT launched the first software engineering program in the country, pioneering one of today’s top degrees and most lucrative areas of employment. While working in ...

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New York premium increases approved for 2017

Health insurance providers across New York have just received permission to raise their rates in 2017—in some cases by double digits. The decision, which was announced by the New York State Department of Financial Services on Aug. 5, gained immediate ...

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