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Murky enrollment outlook prompts targeted planning

At the Harley School, the end of the recession has meant a boom in enrollment. The private school’s record enrollment last year has been matched in the current school year. Harley officials attribute the strong numbers to a focused effort ...

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Startups stay committed to developing new technologies

Rochester-area health care startups are eager to bring new medical technologies and devices to market. The young companies, however, face an uphill climb. “The climate overall for medical device startups—the one word I would use is ‘challenging,’” says Michael Riedlinger, ...

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Medical field opens door to imaging opportunities

Employees at Lumetrics Inc. have reason to be jubilant. The company just got its first $1.5 million order. Among Lumetrics’ technologies that prompted this high demand is ClearWave, a medical imaging device that takes a measurement using a high-power camera ...

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Researchers mine funds from variety of sources

Amid flatlined federal support, Rochester-area medical researchers are tapping various sources to fund their projects. Even a five- or low six-figure sum from a state initiative, venture capitalist, non-profit or foundation can serve as a springboard for securing a larger ...

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Incentives urge businesses to speed up sustainability efforts

State incentives both large and small are available for businesses looking to green their operations or roll out products that promote sustainability. Recently merged programs, in particular, appear flush with enough cash to speed up sustainability efforts across New York. ...

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Energy-saving products witness uptick in demand

Manufacturers of energy-saving products in the Rochester area say business is good and is likely to get better. Arnold Magnetic Technologies Corp., a global manufacturer of permanent ceramic magnets and other high-tech products, already has seen increased demand for its ...

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Solar technology harvests big returns, gathers appeal

Paying upfront costs to harness the sun’s energy for future gains often can be a tough sell. The severity of last winter, however, has generated a surge of interest in the use of solar photovoltaic panels. With heat prices three ...

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Downturns can be scary but also ripe with opportunity

Given the length of the current stock market rally and the level stock market valuations have reached, there is a large and growing consensus that the next downturn is right around the corner. Many believe that rather than just a ...

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Understanding environmental laws reduces risk

Violating environmental laws can cost a business—and its leaders. “You run the risk of both civil and criminal prosecutions,” says Scott Turner, who heads the energy and environmental practice at Nixon Peabody LLP. Knowing the laws that safeguard the air, ...

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Making wise decisions early helps avoid quagmires

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Legal and accounting quagmires await startups that do not take certain steps during various points in their lifecycles, from inception to exit. Solutions exist for fledgling firms’ mistakes, but some fixes are costly and time-consuming.

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Incentives help save long-vacant, historic buildings

Rochester-area real estate developers are beginning to show interest in federal and state tax incentives that help to spare historic and often long-vacant buildings from the wrecking ball.

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