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Financial aid strategies evolve with growing need

Amid rising enrollment, Rochester-area private schools are taking various paths to continue offering financial aid. Some are drawing on their sizable endowments, while others have stepped up efforts to secure donations and grants. More requests for need-based aid from middle-income ...

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Finding local sites for wind turbines is complicated

The long, spinning blades and tall towers of commercial wind power haven’t risen in Monroe County. “These large wind farms wouldn’t work (here),” says Victor Salerno, CEO of O’Connell Electric Co. Inc., which has worked on about 80 percent of ...

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Sustainable packaging hitting its technical stride

Decades of advances in packaging science have steadily pushed aside plain-vanilla labels and generic boxes. Once an afterthought, packaging is now a window into a company’s soul, revealing its priorities and values. For some businesses, that means using packaging as ...

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Green residential trend is taking root in Rochester

Green construction that was once a largely commercial venture has started to gain attention with homeowners looking for energy savings as well as environmental benefits. According to the National Association of Home Builders, single-family green residential construction has grown dramatically ...

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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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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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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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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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