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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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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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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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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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Robot usage grows with need for accuracy, repeatability

Robots around the Rochester area help make industrial lenses, pack bottles of wine, dispense medications and rhythmically complete other tasks at all hours of the day. “The inpatient pharmacy at Strong Memorial Hospital dispenses roughly 18,000 doses to inpatients a ...

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Employers face tough choices, brace for increased labor costs

Amid a federal proposal that aims to make roughly 5 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay, law firms have begun fielding questions from employers bracing for increased labor costs. Slated to go into effect next year, the revised regulation ...

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Power of people analytics can extend HR’s reach

By plugging in the right data fields and information on eHealth Technologies’ 40 employees, Michelle Halloran can guide some of her company’s human resources decisions.

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Entertainment district transforms, offers variety

When the Daily Refresher opened on Alexander Street in 2012, patrons soon got the message that this place was different, says co-owner Cameron Phelps. Rather than plastic Solo cups and vodka shots, the Daily Refresher’s “libations” menu features craft beers, ...

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