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Construction materials get costly, prices continue to rise

Certain construction materials have become more expensive over the past year, and prices may continue to climb next year, industry players say. Slumping oil prices have not yet translated into major savings for the firms, and when they might remains ...

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Loft-style residences build city’s urban character

The loft residential phenomenon continues to roll on, seemingly unabated. For years, most people involved in real estate development have been predicting the end of the market. Yet year after year, urban loft-style residences have been absorbed by the market—edging ...

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Homebuilders finish the year on an upbeat note

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Rick Herman, CEO of Rochester Home Builders Association, attributes the booming business in spring 2014 to pent-up demand and an existing low inventory of homes for sale. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) Rick Herman is hoping the polar vortex that swept ...

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Expertise, personal attention trump size of a legal shop

When it comes to legal services, personal attention, individual attorney knowledge and cultural fit carries more weight than a law firm’s size. “We don’t gain or lose clients based on the size of our firm,” says Edward Hourihan, managing member ...

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Tough insider-trading policies help avoid risky situations

Amid the government intensifying its focus on the timing of executives’ stock trades and how corporations manage nonpublic information, legal experts say public companies need to review their insider-trading policies regularly with officers, directors and employees. Insiders should remember that ...

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Ending a partnership without conflict takes planning

MIKE COSTANZA Ending a partnership can be a lot like getting a divorce. Though the partners might have to divvy up assets and liabilities instead of credit card bills and a beloved dog, sparks can easily fly. “The possibility for ...

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Programs get smarter to meet demand, keep up with trends

Changes in Rochester-area executive MBA programs over the last decade have kept pace with nationwide trends in executive education. Besides using technology to deliver course materials and instruction, programs here and elsewhere now emphasize global awareness, leadership and critical thinking. ...

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Schools stay committed to boosting ranks of female EMBAs

Jane Bernard would not have applied for an executive MBA program if one of her mentors had not suggested it. It simply never would have occurred to her. Bernard is chief operations officer at Financial Architects LLC in Rochester. She ...

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You’re in the people business; hone relationship skills

Talk to any business owner or leader and they’ll tell you: “We’re in the people business. Our success depends on relationships.” I hear that standard line from manufacturing heads and health care administrators, professional firm partners and retail owners, one-person ...

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As givers step up, donor-advised funds gain traction

Rochester-area residents are increasingly using donor-advised funds to bestow money to worthy causes. "It’s a way of establishing a pool of assets for purposes of a charitable cause," says David Veniskey, a partner at the accounting and business services firm ...

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IRS enforcement efforts slow down with budget cuts

Amid declining funding, the Internal Revenue Service is auditing fewer individuals and corporations than in the past. General budget cuts, along with personnel challenges brought on by sequestration last year, have compromised the agency’s enforcement efforts.   Still, taxpayers should ...

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A little planning can bring you significant savings

Year end is right around the corner-a time when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of, well, tax planning. For most of us, the thought of tax planning is enough to either make us glaze over in a ...

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Builders transform and evolve in times of change

Andrew Gallina remembers a time, not long ago, when draftsmen would sit and put pencil to paper, drawing detailed building sketches by hand. Much has changed since then. Over the past few years, the same talented designers opt for computer-aided ...

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Blend of determination, faith created an undeniable force

No one in recent memory has done more to shape our urban-built environment than the late Larry Glazer. Over the last several decades, he grew from a modest real estate developer to become an undeniable force, drawing the respect and ...

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Distinctive design offers restaurants competitive edge

In the restaurant world, chefs are the celebrities. Yet, when a restaurant business is successful— when a customer has a good meal and recommends the place to friends—credit is due beyond the chef. In particular, credit is almost always due ...

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