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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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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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‘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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REITs grow in popularity, offer regular income

More and more investors have turned to real estate investment trusts for regular income streams and an opportunity to diversify their portfolios. But that could change—at least in the short term—if interest rates rise. “You can find good quality REITs ...

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Millennials listen to advice, care about saving

Various assumptions about young investors do not square with Rochester-area financial planners’ experiences serving the demographic. Contrary to popular belief, millennials accept advice from their parents’ advisers and generally do not make reckless investment decisions. Still, financial planners have needed ...

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Retirement plans don’t have to cause headaches

Many organizations view retirement plans as a necessary evil. These plans may help attract and retain talent, but they can also be expensive, time consuming, and difficult to monitor and administer. As a result, corporate retirement plans are often ignored ...

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Is it a cluster?

Cancer clusters rarely involve more than one type of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, to be considered a true cluster, it must have one of the following characteristics: There are several cases of a rare type of cancer; ...

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More work lies ahead to prep viruses for fight

A small group of medical scientists have been studying the benefits of virotherapy since the early 20th century. Despite medical research and trials on patients in recent years, however, these viruses are not yet ready to join the fight against ...

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Investigation of cluster requires strong link to cause

Inquiries from the public about suspected cancer clusters in the Rochester area rarely turn into full-blown investigations, state and local health department officials say. The absence of a probable connection between a specific environmental factor and the disease often means ...

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Palliative care attempts to ease heavy burden

Palliative care helps Rosemary Grandusky pursue an active life full of grandchildren, gardening and travel to faraway places while she fights cancer. “It gave me back my life,” says Grandusky, 66. “It really did.” Grandusky was diagnosed with multiple myeloma ...

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Avoid surprises; be aware of arbitration’s shortcomings

Although arbitration is the preferred method of resolving disputes for many businesses, there are certain disadvantages to this method that should be considered before an arbitration clause is accepted in a commercial contract. If a company, with assistance of counsel, ...

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Negotiating global disputes offers a way to move on

While litigation remains an option to resolve international disputes, arbitration offers businesses a path away from the uncertainties and local practices that come with locking horns in national courts. Given that arbitral awards are more easily enforced than traditional court ...

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Patent trolls mushroom; squashing them proves tough

A polite name for them is non-practicing entities, NPEs for short. More popularly known as patent trolls, NPEs are called non-practicing entities for a simple reason: They do not actually do or make anything, at least not in the sense ...

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Go beyond standard practices to find smart talent

When Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For came out on March 15, what struck me as newsworthy was not so much the companies themselves but the fact that these companies were struggling to fill positions. Some 108,622 open jobs—an ...

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