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Careful preparation pays dividends with new ventures

For two years, McQuaid Jesuit High School officials studied everything about sixth grade classrooms to find out what makes them successful. They looked at curriculum and teaching methods and spoke to principals of local schools.   The work was preparation ...

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Technological advances transform the health care landscape

Medicine is at the forefront of new technologies to improve procedures, patient care and recovery time. In Rochester, some doctors believe some advances in the last five years are among the most important inventions the field has seen.   From ...

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Scarce funds for research cause concern for tomorrow’s big ideas

Major breakthroughs come from medical research. Lately, however, procuring funds for that research has become difficult and is riddled with new challenges.   Though the University of Rochester Medical Center continues to be successful at attracting federal dollars, it has ...

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Medical information firms grow, solidify local presence

By SHEILA LIVADAS Brimming with new products and services, local medical information companies are solidifying their growth strategies. Their efforts range from rolling out rebranding campaigns to refining their products’ user-friendliness, at a time when biotechnology is progressing at lightning ...

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Digital age brings business to electronics recyclers

Rochester’s recycling industry is in a growth phase as electronics increasingly become disposable.   Electronics recyclers are busy picking up e-waste materials from PCs and monitors, servers and TVs.   "It’s still a relatively new and growing industry," says Duane ...

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Despite bumps in the road, work on ethanol continues

Despite lower gasoline consumption nationwide and the expiration of certain tax incentives, ethanol remains an economically viable fuel. Research on making it from wood, grasses and inedible plant parts is plugging along, and the federal government recently approved a new ...

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Soon-to-expire legislation re-ignites interest in irrevocable trusts

A federal law set to expire by year’s end has rekindled interest in irrevocable trusts, local money managers and attorneys say. The legal arrangement has various advantages, including considerable tax benefits for wealthy individuals. Uncertainty surrounding the upcoming election cycle ...

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Sooner or later: What’s the best time to claim Social Security?

One of the questions I am asked most frequently by clients approaching retirement is "When should I start taking Social Security?" While it is tempting to begin claiming benefits the moment you are eligible (age 62), that may not be ...

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Long-term approach fights to stay afloat in uncertain times

See correction below: With unemployment hovering above 8 percent, an unpopular Congress seemingly incapable of passing legislation to address the country’s financial problems, global debt troubles and the upcoming presidential election, the effectiveness of long-term investing is under attack. Andrew ...

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Dates to remember

Here are some key upcoming dates for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Oct. 1: Medicare pays hospitals for inpatient acute care services through a value-based purchasing program based on care quality, not merely the number of services. Jan. ...

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Legal advisers step in to help navigate uncharted waters

Navigating the uncharted waters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has expanded the ways law firms advise clients. Attorneys describe the hotly debated law as highly complex, making it challenging for employers to keep up with all of ...

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Legal advisers step in to help navigate uncharted waters

Navigating the uncharted waters of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has expanded the ways law firms advise clients. Attorneys describe the hotly debated law as highly complex, making it challenging for employers to keep up with all of ...

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Volunteer work becomes a priority for many professionals

Next year New York will become the first state to require lawyers to perform 50 hours of pro bono work before being admitted to the state bar. Legal professionals already have made volunteer work a priority.   More than 1,500 ...

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Due diligence serves as key ingredient of successful deals

Catherine D’Amico has overseen 19 acquisitions in the last 12 years as chief financial officer of Monro Muffler Brake Inc. Conducting due diligence has become second nature. She navigates through acquisitions and keeps tabs on important aspects of the deal ...

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