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Employers support pursuit of non-business graduate degrees

When human resources professional Keith Kiss decided to pursue a graduate degree in 2007, his employer paved the way with tuition assistance. Now he is working on a second master’s degree, also with help from his employer.   If Kiss’s ...

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Schools warm up to online MBAs, find ways to respond to demand

Students in the new executive MBA program at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Saunders College of Business listen to lectures, share ideas with their classmates and even meet with professors during office hours to review difficult concepts.   There is a ...

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Do-it-yourselfers often seek help, find it hard to go it alone

Though tools for self-directed financial planning and investing are mushrooming online, local money managers say the prevalence of those tools has not hurt their business.   Some have gained business when clients call on them to iron out mistakes made ...

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Plan for taxes wisely, keep cash in your pocket

As the U.S. economy struggles to regain its footing, tax rates and incentives have moved to the forefront of people’s minds as they make investment, retirement and everyday cash-flow decisions. In weighing the choice to sell an asset now or ...

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In an uncertain world, advisers play the hand they’re dealt

The compromise that averted a fall from the fiscal cliff at the end of last year calmed nerves over possible adverse changes to the federal estate tax. New York’s estate tax, however, remains a significant issue for its wealthy residents. ...

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The Inner Loop project: Building momentum for the future

A remarkable project with the potential to transform a sweeping section of our city is about to be realized. The Inner Loop will be fundamentally changed.   This concrete and steel "noose" around the neck of our central business district ...

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Shops near campus viewed as useful tool to draw students

Twenty-five years ago, college students were happy to have a convenience store near campus where they could grab a cellophane-wrapped sandwich and a drink.   Times have changed.   Today, says Randy Ruttenberg, principal at Cleveland-based Fairmount Properties, not only ...

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Interest in trade apprenticeships remains robust

Local interest in construction-trade apprenticeships remains strong as the prospect of good pay and steady work draws more first-time job seekers and career changers.   Yet the area’s supply of people working in skilled trades may not meet the eventual ...

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Despite strong market, few local firms go public

By LORI GABLE The S&P and Dow indexes have hit record highs recently, a sign the market has fully recovered, and typically this is a time when private companies make the decision to go public. While that is a trend ...

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Five years later, institutions still cope with impact of crisis

Though local financial institutions did not dabble in risky investments or loans, that does not mean they were immune to the crisis that hit the industry five years ago.   The recession also took its toll. High unemployment, artificially low ...

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Use alternative investments but temper your expectations

It seems everyone has a story about a relative, friend or acquaintance who made a fortune and then lost it in a commodity market back in the "olden days." Sometimes I think these stories are more folklore than reality, but ...

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Continuing medical education gets savvy, adapts to demands

When Dustin Riccio M.D. began practicing medicine, listening to cassette tapes was one way he kept up with advances in his field. Now podcasts automatically downloaded to his mobile devices every month help the emergency physician pursue continuing medical education. ...

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Education takes center stage in a medical resident’s life

A potential cardiac arrest, a breast cancer survivor managing her pain and a patient seeking help for her depression-not a typical hour in the workday for most people. But it is just the start of a shift for third-year medical ...

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Business basics help physicians run efficient practices

A physician could be ready to heal the sick after completing medical training without also being prepared to run a private practice.   "There’s a whole different skill set that goes into running the enterprise that’s different than the skills ...

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Don’t let smart women ‘lean out’ of their careers prematurely

All too often, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has seen ambitious, successful women scale back or lean out of their careers prematurely, cutting themselves off from leadership opportunities. A woman who plans to raise a family someday, for example, ...

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