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Food, beverage industry confronts sustainability challenges (access required)

Sustainability programs and measures in food and beverage manufacturing are often implemented because it’s what customers want or the business’s leadership is committed to utilizing sustainable practices. In today’s business climate however, sustainable measures aren’t something a business can expect ...

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Manufacturers adhere closely to U.S. food safety standards (access required)

State and national regulations continue to play a major role in the food and beverage industry, as consumers want more information about the products they are eating and peace of mind that their food is safe to consume, area experts ...

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A three-part architectural wish list for Rochester in 2020 (access required)

Each December as we approach year’s end and start thinking of what possibilities the New Year might bring, it often seems we are presented with an annual “year in review” or a “wish list” for the coming year. Construction and ...

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Calm weather ahead for Rochester real estate market in 2020 (access required)

If the local real estate and construction markets are anything, they are steady. And while factors such as the 2020 U.S. presidential election and health of the national economy may come into play next year, local experts do not expect ...

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Lenders recommend first-time buyers take how-to course (access required)

Millennials for the first time will account for more than 50 percent of all mortgage originations next year, according to Realtor.com’s 2020 National Housing Forecast. That means the number of first-time home buyers also will climb, since 4.8 million millennials ...

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Bankers expect profits to continue along with digital expansion (access required)

Local leaders in the banking and finance industry are expecting to see growth, strong profits, increasing demand for digital banking and increasing focus on the customer-centric model in 2020. Jim Glassman, managing director and head economist for commercial banking at ...

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Banks continually innovating to keep customers’ wishes fulfilled (access required)

Allana Lazeroff believes it is an interesting time for banks, particularly when it comes to the customer payment landscape. What Lazeroff finds most interesting is all the research that points to customers wanting seamless transaction methods, while maintaining a personal ...

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Chetna Chandrakala: Time is money you can give back to the community

After Chetna Chandrakala moved to Rochester in 2006, it was the first time in her working life that she didn’t have a commute. She had commuted one to three hours every day whether working in California, Chicago, Delhi, London or ...

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Are women’s issues getting enough charitable love?

There have been national-level rumblings recently about whether women’s and girls’ causes are getting a big enough slice of the donations pie. Marketwatch reported in October that Melinda Gates pledged $1 billion to benefit issues that serve the interests of ...

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As 2020 approaches, some year-end tax planning ideas for individuals (access required)

Year-end tax planning for 2019 takes place against the backdrop of legislative changes that occurred in late 2017 that fundamentally altered the tax rules for individuals and businesses. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was the largest tax law ...

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Want to be a philanthropist? To do good, follow your passions

Running a successful business and nurturing family life is a delicate balance. Yet many local professional women somehow manage to find the time to share their business expertise with nonprofit agencies. If recent distribution of wealth is any indication, nonprofits ...

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Use social media to build better informed viewpoints

For many of us, the comment section under posts on Facebook, Twitter and others is a place we avoid. Even the most well-intentioned posts can set off a string of responses that can contain inflammatory language that is meant to ...

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Prepare for the new year with some corporate financial housekeeping (access required)

For individuals and organizations alike, the end of the year is a time for making plans. But not just the kind that involve shopping or holiday parties. Plans for the future. When it comes to businesses, that often involves considering ...

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Company valuables include often hard to define trade secrets (access required)

Corporate trade secrets are an important part of a company’s intellectual property, but they can often be overlooked, says Jeffrey Allen. “Trade secrets are like the little brothers at the kids table at Thanksgiving,” says Allen, a member at Bond, ...

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California data security law to have widespread impact (access required)

Two new laws designed to secure personal information collected by businesses will take effect next year. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) goes into effect Jan. 1. And New York’s Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security (SHIELD) Act starts March ...

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