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Selling the company can be a conduit for growth

When a small business is looking for a way to grow beyond organic means of using its own core competencies, an external strategy of merger or acquisition can be a profitable option. Three local companies, all highly successful on their ...

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Real differences separate managers from leaders

Are “manager” and “leader” just different words that describe the same function? In a word, no. In this column, I will share my thoughts about the distinctions between managing and leading. First, a caution: Despite the distinctions, good managers exercise ...

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Help your employees to find their intrinsic motivation

The pathway to a more engaged workforce starts with a purpose. A purpose that all companies share was best summed up over 30 years ago by management guru Peter Drucker when he said that the purpose of a company is ...

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Everyday interactions offer chances to show gratitude

When it comes to showing employees how much they matter, “cash is king” is not the whole story. Employers can reap rewards from gestures of appreciation that are inexpensive or even free. Businesses that brush off employee recognition do so ...

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ESG investors look for more than just financial gain

For some investors, the stock and mutual fund markets are not just vehicles for financial gain. They also want their investments to remain consistent with their personal values and views. Such investors turn to the principles of environmental, social and ...

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New rule aims to help limit conflicts of interest

Amid political wrangling and mounting lawsuits, a new federal rule creating a best-interest standard for  retirement savings has the financial-advice industry speeding toward change. Independent broker-dealers will need to reshape some of their business practices, and other industry players will ...

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A cancer diagnosis can affect mental health as well

Nicole Zobel thought all was well after she’d completed treatment for cancer until she learned that her Hodgkin’s lymphoma may have returned. As she awaits confirmation of this possibility, the 23-year-old Greece resident tries to cope with her fears. “Every ...

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Rising cancer drug costs becoming unsustainable

When Rochester resident Tiffany Staropoli was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in 2013, the financial impact of her treatment was the furthest thing from her mind. She is the first to admit that she was extremely lucky. A supportive ...

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‘Watchful waiting’ is appropriate for certain cases

Despite sounding counterintuitive, sometimes it makes sense to monitor—but not treat—certain types of cancer. Physicians call the approach “watchful waiting” and recommend it for some conditions that progress slowly or when the therapy’s risks outweigh the benefits. Unlike inpatient observation ...

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Small businesses benefit from effective mediation

Amid soaring litigation costs and burgeoning court caseloads, more small businesses are turning to mediation to resolve disputes. Besides offering a way to explore settlement options, the process can cool tempers and save relationships. Another advantage of mediation boils down ...

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Lawyers work toward amicable resolution at pretrial

Contrary to Hollywood courtroom dramas, most civil cases end not with the sharp rap of a judge’s gavel but with a quiet agreement between the parties. “Less than 2 percent of cases in today’s world are going to trial, at ...

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Landscape is in flux for non-compete agreements

While the laws surrounding non-compete agreements have been relatively stable in New York over the past few years, changes at the state level have altered the legal landscape in subtle ways, say local labor law experts. And there are changes ...

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Forced arbitration may become reality for some

Even though arbitration is a favored method of dispute resolution, there have been numerous attempts in recent years to limit or restrict the ability of banks, employers and others to force consumers and employees to accept mandatory arbitration in lieu ...

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To recruit millennials, sell them on your company

Considering that 90 percent of millennials do not expect to stay at any particular job for more than three years, they are creating quite a head-scratching situation for human resource professionals and those who work in recruiting. To attract the ...

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