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Health care construction projects maintain stronghold

Rochester-area builders and contractors continue to turn to the health care sector for business. “Health care is between five and 15 percent of the construction volume in any given year,” says Aaron Hilger, president of Builders Exchange of Rochester, a ...

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Proactive measures ease pressure after working years

The ability to maintain a specific standard of living in retirement often is viewed through a cloudy lens today. Planning early can help; ignoring reality in the hope that finances will work out may make for a stressful and difficult ...

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Non-financial planning sets the stage for fulfilment

People who view retirement through a prism of individual retirement accounts and 401(k)s often miss the chance to savor their golden years. Americans still need to be dogged about socking away 11 to 20 times their final salary in order ...

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Retirees answer call to give back, support causes to help the needy

Kathy LaBue was on Dewey Avenue in the dead of winter when inspiration struck. The retiree saw an immigrant family walking up the street wearing nothing but flip-flops on their feet and a sheet to keep them warm, and knew ...

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Make an assessment early on, don’t let costs skyrocket

The primary complaint of any business facing a potential litigation matter is the inability to control the cost of the litigation. As with every other type of business decision, it is essential to undertake a cost analysis at the outset ...

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Scrutiny, awareness raise the stakes for employers

Stepped-up scrutiny from government regulators, growing awareness among workers of their legal rights and calls for income equality have intensified the spotlight on wage and hour law. Those factors also have raised the stakes for employers, given that not complying ...

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Accounting tools augment services, draw more customers

Small businesses often tap over-the-counter software to take care of many of the jobs that once went to accounting firms. Instead of treating those programs as competition, local accounting firms use them to augment their services and even pull in ...

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Plummeting commodities markets draw attention

Here is a personality test: Say the price of crude oil falls 51.4 percent in just 12 months, as it did from February 2014 to February 2015. Does an investor (a) call a money manager and politely request he limit ...

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Seeking income? Chasing yields can be tricky territory

Income-producing investments, bonds producing a lot of interest income and stocks paying large dividends have been on a tear over the last few years. With yields on bonds falling to all-time lows, investors seeking income from their portfolios have been ...

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Garth Fagan Timeline

1940 G. Garth Fagan born in Kingston, Jamaica, May 3, to S.W. Fagan and Louise Walker 1950s Fagan performs at the inauguration of Cuban president Fidel Castro with the Jamaica National Dance Company 1960s Fagan Earns B.A. at Wayne State ...

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Proposal to scrap longtime tax benefit builds uncertainty

As part of a broader effort to implement what he calls tax fairness, President Barack Obama has proposed scrapping a longtime tax benefit affecting inherited assets. Along with raising the capital gains and dividend tax rate, the proposal would help ...

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Thinking green opens door to new possibilities

Over the last several years, a developing trend has fundamentally shifted how we have come to view our relationship with the environment. Thinking green has achieved broad popularity—not just here, but across the nation. It is reflected in a more ...

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Sustainable homebuilding gains traction, but slowly

Green construction may not yet be the norm in local home building, but the practice is gaining popularity. Metro Legacy Homes LLC focuses on building homes that are healthier for occupants and the environment, Chief Operating Officer Michael Millner says. ...

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Making a mark

New York recently made the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual list of the Top 10 states for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the most widely used and recognized green building rating system. The state ranked 10th, tied with Arizona, ...

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More builders embrace eco-friendly direction

When it comes to commercial construction today, many builders agree that it pays to be green, but in some cases they may need to consider what it costs. “There is a tremendous focus we have placed on it. A year ...

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