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Potential Brexit impact at least two years away

The year 1993 was a pivotal one in the entertainment world. The TV show “Friends” began filming that year and soon became a runaway success. The show launched Jennifer Aniston into mega-celebrity status. Because of her newfound fame, she came ...

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Modifications for home safety driven by family

As researchers explore how to make homes more capable of sensing impending danger, the demand for personal alarms, grab bars, motion-sensor lighting and other tried-and-true safety products remains strong. Home modifications, such as stairlifts and bathroom redesigns, also continue to ...

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Finding help

The National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse suggests the reason the elderly may be attractive targets for scam artists is because seniors often do not realize the value of their assets. Additionally, persons over the age of 50 ...

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Options for exercise abound at local organizations

Five days a week, Betsy Kalweit heads off to the Eastside Family YMCA. “I feel great,” the 68-year-old retired teacher says. “The exercise helps, because it makes me feel like I’m keeping my body strong.” Kalweit is one of the ...

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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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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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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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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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