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Despite costs, EMRs boost efficiency and productivity

In the constant search for ways to help physicians operate their practices more efficiently, perhaps nothing causes more controversy than the electronic medical record.   Some doctors see it as a way to better manage patient care, while others shun ...

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Learning from each other, firms adopt green culture

Sustainable business practices are filtering throughout Upstate New York.   Both large and small companies are finding ways to become more environmentally friendly in areas as basic as recycling and as complex as changing the culture of the organization. While ...

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Sales of solar systems soar with declining costs

The use of solar energy in the United States today is still far behind Japan, China and Germany. And Upstate New York lags states like New Jersey and California.   But declining costs, along with increased efficiency and government incentives, ...

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Renewable energy sector makes progress, eyes future growth

Renewable energy companies in the Rochester area are making headway on various fronts, from entering new markets to refining their business models. Government incentives have helped fuel growth, and new initiatives aim to spark private-sector financing for more projects.   ...

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Young professionals take charge, get smart about money

The financial crash of 2001 took James Traylor’s college savings. Then in 2007, after he graduated from SUNY College at Geneseo, he launched his business as the market collapsed again.   With two bear markets fresh in his mind, Traylor, ...

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Stick to basics; they go a long way toward meeting objectives

The world is full of investment pornography. This is a term coined by a mutual fund marketing executive I know to describe misleading claims in the investment industry. One such claim is that smart, hard-working investment managers with cutting-edge technology ...

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Job cuts at Big Three boost business for money managers

The continuing loss of well-paying manufacturing jobs at Rochester’s traditional Big Three and annual declines in median income here have increased business at many wealth management firms.   "If anything, it’s probably been beneficial, as hard as that is to ...

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Client needs dictate decision to send some tasks overseas

Outsourcing services is one way to manage growing costs for some businesses. The decision to go offshore, however, is not for every legal or accounting shop and often is driven by a client’s needs.   "We have an offshore operation. ...

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Hiring remains steady despite the shaky economy

Despite an uncertain economy, legal and accounting firms in Rochester are hiring across their service base. Many employers focus on the prospective opportunities that new employees can offer the company rather than filling a specific position.   "We have had ...

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Growing demand for mix of services lends favorable outlook

Rochester-area law and accounting firms are experiencing growing demand for services related to a broad range of issues, from government regulation to the need to outsource particular functions.   The growth has prompted the firms to hire or redeploy attorneys ...

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Homebuilders get busy, market makes a comeback

The market for new homes in the Rochester area has rebounded, allowing homebuilders who took a bruising during the economic downturn to breathe a sigh of relief.   Factors strengthening the market include interest in single-story living and pent-up demand ...

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The Public Market gains momentum, much more to come

As the tides of change have buffeted Rochester’s economy and its real estate markets, certain parts of the city have become beacons of resilience. One of them is the Rochester Public Market and its surrounding area.   The Public Market ...

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Livingston County towns get face-lifts, shed dusty image

Louise Wadsworth knows the importance of having an attractive and inviting downtown.   Certain construction upgrades, such as new windows and doors and updated signs, are important for drawing customers into a building, says Wadsworth, downtown coordinator for the Livingston ...

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Telecom players compete but also partner with each other

Rochester is a fairly competitive market for the telecommunications industry, and players work hard to set themselves apart.   Some have set their sights on niche markets in the business sector, while others look to special packaging of services to ...

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New technologies prompt software firms to offer more

As mobile technology gains speed and use of the cloud becomes more common, software firms help their clients take advantage of the new technology.   Customers want to make the best use of information technology to solve problems and reach ...

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