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R&D tax credit not just for technical manufacturers

The federal government for 35 years has tried to spur business innovation by offering an incentive—a tax break—to reward companies for investing in research and development, or R&D. Some feel the measure did not go far enough, though, and Congress ...

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More than one in four heart attacks undetected

You can have a heart attack without noticing—or even experiencing—any symptoms. “It’s well-recognized that the heart doesn’t always behave and follow the rules,” says Bryan Henry M.D., medical director of cardiology at UR Medicine Thompson Health, a Canandaigua-based affiliate of ...

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Older athletes can extend physically demanding routines

Aaron Anderson adjusts the supportive wraps around his knees and dusts his hands with powdered chalk.  It is dark out and the 48-year-old is the last one in his Macedon, Wayne County, gym. Inhaling and exhaling rapidly, the father of ...

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No single cause and no simple route to recovery

When asked how much of his battle with alcoholism could be detailed, Todd Fusilli says, “Print all of it. There are a lot of Todds in this world; it’s just not acceptable to talk about it. (But) I want people ...

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Pause before jumping on the latest training trend

Whether it involves C-level executives or customer-facing staff, Rochester-area companies are doubling down on employee training. Exactly what prompts the effort varies by firm, but few company leaders at this point need convincing of its value. Still, a rash approach ...

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Fresh sources help shoulder education demands

As companies develop what many call their most important asset—their workforce—many are turning to outside sources to help their employees hone current skills and learn new ones. What was once an internal responsibility companies included as an operational expense is ...

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IT firms see higher demand for their security services

Rochester-area firms are turning more and more to cybersecurity services to safeguard their data, customer information and networks. “We’ve seen exponential growth with our customer base in the Rochester area,” says Trevor Smith, executive vice president of Brite Computers. Cybersecurity ...

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Enact security policy to avoid legal woes after a breach

Addressing company cybersecurity calls for more than just better passwords and education. Legal concerns also come with data security, especially when that security fails. One of the difficulties companies face right now is the patchwork of federal and state legal ...

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Owning a second home as a winter escape: Is it for you?

As the snow flies, folks like Cheryl Escott are either preparing to spread their wings for the flight south or already settling into their nests in the sunshine. Escott owns a condo in Irondequoit, but spends as much as eight ...

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‘Homelike’ is the new standard for senior living

Upgrades to local senior living communities as well as new projects are centering on a fresh model of care that strives to create a more home-like atmosphere for residents. Two of the projects are coming from Rochester Regional Health and ...

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Seniors are moving in, but they’re not sitting still

As kids crammed supplies into their backpacks for the start of the school year last fall, Angie Sinacore, 85, and husband John, 92, were gearing up for an intergenerational learning program offered by their independent living community.  The couple credits ...

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Setting up a trust can reap significant tax savings

A trust can protect assets from tax collectors, save legal costs and channel funds to a disabled relative. “Each trust is designed for specific purposes,” says Michael Cobbs, a partner at Brown Hutchinson LLP. Trusts are legal entities created under ...

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Choosing to contest a will costs financial, emotional tolls

Individuals who challenge wills need to prepare for the possibility of a long and costly fight. Beyond the financial toll, will contests can dredge up emotions akin to what spouses experience during divorce. “It’s consuming, and it usually results in ...

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Gifting your assets earlier in life can offer rewards

You can’t take it with you, or so the saying goes. Indeed, according to estate planning experts, you may not want to. Making gifts of assets and properties before you make your final exit from this life can make sense ...

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