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Geothermal systems shed their novelty status, draw homeowners

During the adventure of building a zero-energy home, Bethany Choate and Matthew Heimbueger decided that geothermal heating would dovetail with their green lifestyle. The couple has not regretted the choice or the upfront costs. “It really made sense economically versus ...

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Solarize Williamson picks up pace, attracts community interest

The momentum started by the town of Williamson is moving throughout that community as businesses and residents sign up to become part of a special solar system. In December 2014, the Solarize Williamson initiative led the Wayne County town to ...

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Partnerships provide meaningful, relevant instruction

With an eye toward maintaining enrollment and sharing resources, Rochester-area private schools have established partnerships in various ways. Some are now decades long, while others have formed recently but appear likely to endure. As educators zero in on new ways ...

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More healthy meals, snacks find their way onto the menu

Tracie Glazer set out to offer healthier meals to her students after she took the helm of the Hillel Community Day School. “I made it a huge priority that we start making everything from scratch, using as much local as ...

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Missions inspire commitment despite rising competition

After two consecutive years of setting enrollment records, McQuaid Jesuit High School has no problem staying the course. The institution, which has thrived at a time when other local private schools have struggled with enrollment, has stuck to its student ...

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Efforts intensify to keep data breaches at bay

As hackers become more brazen and clever, Rochester-area law and accounting firms have intensified efforts to keep client information secure. The stakes are high for firms to stay a step ahead of cyber thugs, given that data breaches can trigger ...

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Outside controllers help fill gaps, manage fiscal goals

When Russell Phillips & Associates LLC needed a financial controller in late 2002, Insero & Co. CPAs stepped up to fill that role. “We have people that fulfill bookkeeper positions all the way up to the CFO role,” says Kimberly ...

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Take steps to prevent claims, mount successful defense

One of the most significant risks facing any business is the potential claims that can be asserted by its own employees. An employer can face a gamut of claims, from discrimination based on membership in a protected class and wage ...

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Rebuilding an iconic treasure could create lasting value

High above the city on a ridge within Highland Park, there once stood an iconic architectural gem known as the Children’s Pavilion. This structure disappeared from the park so long ago that most Rochesterians have no idea it even existed ...

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Remodeling activity maintains positive momentum

Whether to build a new home or renovate an existing one is a conversation that many households eventually broach. Today, a greater number of homeowners are deciding to stay where they are, sometimes making major investments in their homes to ...

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Builders use mix of strategies to find, keep talent

Rochester-area builders are not wed to a single strategy when it comes to finding talent for future and ongoing projects. Some have doubled down on seeking workers who possess diverse skills, while others are strengthening their relationships with subcontractors. Those ...

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Ethie supporters

Thirty companies and organizations are involved in the 2015 Rochester Business Ethics Award presentation as partners and financial sponsors. Founding sponsors: St. John Fisher College, Rochester Business Alliance Inc. and Society of Financial Service Professionals, Rochester Chapter. Diamond sponsor: Sage ...

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Encouraging employees to do the right thing

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Since 2003, the Rochester Business Ethics Award program has honored firms in the Rochester region that exemplify high standards of ethical behavior in their daily business practices and in response to challenges or crises.

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Being small offers big advantages, greater agility

In any industry there is a common contest: big versus small. To some it may look like bigger is better, with the assumption that large firms have more resources, human capital and control, while smaller firms constantly compete for market ...

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In spite of technology, virtual assistants remain rare

As an executive secretary for a professional landscape-and-nursery trade organization, no two days are the same for Joyce Janson. Her duties include planning an annual garden show that attracts 14,000 attendees, preparing profit-and-loss statements and answering phone calls from the ...

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