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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 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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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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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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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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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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Residents rave over neighborhood’s flourishing vibe

On the upswing since the 1990s, Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts is undergoing a boom poised to bring more housing and commercial activity to the area. Residents, business owners and community leaders express optimism about the growth in the southeast ...

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Two-year transformation projected for downtown

The view at the corner of Main Street and Clinton Avenue on an early evening will be radically different a couple of years from now, with heavy pedestrian traffic and activities that extend beyond the normal work day, Heidi Zimmer-Meyer ...

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Convention center’s $100M plans are still in play

While Monroe County and the surrounding region was selected as one of the three areas in New York State to receive $500 million as part of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, at this point it has yet to be determined exactly ...

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‘Environment of civility’ at workplace is the goal

Given the political climate and the upcoming presidential election, it is almost inevitable for workplace discussions to steer toward politics. At times the tenor of political conversations can lead to heated exchanges—ones most business leaders would prefer happened outside of ...

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