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Birth rate for women 30 and older continues to climb

Many a woman of childbearing age has been subject to the not-so-subtle question at family gatherings: “So, when are you planning on having a family? You’re not getting any younger, you know.” Those well-meaning family members may need to find ...

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Online, women find community and risk violation

The cyber world has afforded humans instant connections—a chance to transcend the boundaries of geography while simultaneously increasing the accessibility of knowledge and information. For women—traditionally society’s social orators—the Web offers an unprecedented platform to bring attention to topics that ...

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Various approaches to e-learning continue to evolve

Online instructional programs are increasingly taking the place of traditional educational methods as businesses seek to cut their training costs. As these programs have proliferated, different online learning approaches have evolved to take advantage of the latest technology. “Everything that ...

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Faculty have learned to embrace online courses

When Jennie Schaff began teaching online courses 15 years ago, she felt like a fish swimming upstream. Few of her colleagues had warmed up to the idea, and some insisted that doing so would be an affront to pedagogy. “Now ...

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E-learning ventures proving to be a draw for students

Monroe Community College has a new foothold in Iraq. The college’s growing slate of online courses has pulled in new students from across the state and even across the globe, earning recognition for a number of courses, including the only ...

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Construction projects wanted

In the April 15 Special Report on Commercial Construction and Design, the Rochester Business Journal is planning again to feature local “works in progress”—construction projects that have broken ground in the six-county region but are not yet completed. For projects ...

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Using market segmentation to hone in on customers

Less is more. It’s an adage that can apply to business as it does life—particularly for smaller companies. Rather than trying to be all things to all customers, finding profitable subsets of the market that you can serve better than ...

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The right opportunities reward with rapid expansion

Perseverance and the willingness to re-envision business strategies can lead to big growth, particularly when using acquisitions to get there. For Han-Tek Inc. one strategic acquisition has meant 25 percent revenue growth. “We had experienced after the recession of 2009 ...

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Construction projects wanted

In the April 15 Special Report on Real Estate and Construction, the Rochester Business Journal is planning again to feature local “works in progress”—construction projects that have broken ground in the six-county region but are not yet completed.

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Office design evolves to encompass latest technology

The days of employees tethered to one desk with one desktop computer are long past. Laptops, tablets, smartphones and other high-tech gadgets that permit mobility are part of doing business today. “The use of technology has evolved fairly significantly to ...

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Office parks in suburbs growing slowly, steadily

Rochester’s suburban office market fared well last year, prompting office park owners and developers to feel optimistic about the outlook for 2016. Still, the market is not headed for a boom. “I think the story of the Rochester suburban office ...

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Construction projects wanted

In the April 15 Special Report on Real Estate and Construction, the Rochester Business Journal is planning again to feature local “works in progress”—construction projects that have broken ground in the six-county region but are not yet completed. If you ...

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Digital tools help banks speed up the loan process

Behind the scenes at Citizens Bank N.A., a transition has been taking place in how business loans are processed. The bank has been building digital tools to automate as much as possible and to make loan decisions more quickly, says ...

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Rate hike not likely to have much impact, experts say

Rochester-area bankers agree that the Federal Reserve Bank’s recent increase of the federal funds rate should not appreciably affect commercial loan markets. “The increase in December itself … will have very little impact,” says John McKenna, president and CEO of ...

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Community bankers confident in lending market

Heartened by various economic indicators, Rochester-area bankers are optimistic about commercial lending’s outlook in 2016. Some even expect to see growth across all market segments. “I think things look pretty positive right now,” says Philip Pecora, president and CEO of ...

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