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Prevention, safety become integral to operations

Amid evolving client expectations and increasingly complex regulations, local demand for construction-safety training and services remains strong. The topic itself has shifted in recent years from an obligation to an integral part of operations. A decade ago, a worksite injury ...

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Drones likely to fly high, add smart capabilities

Though it might take a while, Rochester’s builders and engineers are eager to begin using unmanned aircraft systems. Drones are being viewed as the next vital tool in the construction industry, given their data-collection capabilities. From aerial overviews of projects, ...

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Rochester plays catch-up to benefits of mixed use

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James Taylor is CEO of Taylor, The Builders, a general contracting firm in Penfield that worked on College Town.(Kim McKinzie/RBJ) From the 27-story Chase Tower in the heart of downtown to the sprawling 65-acre CityGate project on the city’s edge, ...

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Court decisions impact core bankruptcy law principles

Several high court decisions have implicated core bankruptcy law principles and shaped the rights of debtors and creditors in bankruptcy this year. Let’s take a look at four key issues affected by recent rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court (and ...

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Uncertainty muddies crystal balls, prompts creativity

Lawrence Heilbronner admits that the crystal ball at Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co. has been a lot murkier over the last six or seven years. The bank has been impacted not only by the continued low interest rates but ...

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Tech experts lend helping hand to older learners

Though some seniors dip a toe into the digital world only after receiving a laptop, tablet or smartphone as a gift, others dive into technology. Yet no matter their approach, older adults generally prefer to become computer-literate through formal instruction, ...

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Alternative therapies stimulate senses, offer relief

Cori Colucci brings out the best in people. When she enters a room, faces light up and the elderly seem to come alive with long-lost memories and stories of childhood and beyond. Cori is a therapy dog, tasked with soothing ...

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Facilities evolve to meet changing clinical needs

Seniors heading to assisted living facilities present different clinical needs than they did years ago. “We’re seeing people come in much more frail, needing much more supervision, guidance and structure in their day,” says Laura Hollenbeck, director of assisted living ...

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For some, slow and steady growth yields dividends

Instead of falling under fast growth’s spell, various small businesses in the Rochester area are showing that slow and steady can win the race. Their strategies range from cultivating collaborations to cherry-picking opportunities that complement their core business. Brand reputation ...

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Franchising creates wider avenue to expansion

Franchising can be a growth engine for the right company. “The franchisor gains the rapid expansion of the franchisor’s brand at the expense of the franchisee,” says Dennis Kessler, Edward and Agnes Ackley Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University ...

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‘Present’ leaders give valued employees reason to stay

These days, more people are leaving their jobs because they want to, not because they’re asked to. The U.S. Labor Department’s latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey finds that “voluntary quits” are far outpacing layoffs. Fifty-eight percent of those ...

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Feedback lies at the core of best workplace honor

The first time Fairport-based HR Works Inc. participated in a listing of best workplaces, the point was not to win. The point, says President Candace Walters, was to see the results from the employee survey that is used to determine ...

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Embracing change prompts new ideas, can-do attitude

A blizzard barreling into Rochester and stranding scores of motorists caused utter havoc at Victor-based Dixon Schwabl Inc. in 1999, when the roof collapsed shortly after employees had left for the day. What little the collapse spared, the sprinkler system ...

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