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Be smart at year end; it’s a challenging planning environment

Year-end tax planning is often a difficult exercise.   Trying to forecast current-year income, deductions and tax liabilities and the following year’s income, deductions and tax liabilities takes some effort. This task is more complicated and challenging when the following ...

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Looming tax hikes stir debate, questions over outcome

As the nation teeters at the fiscal cliff, the debate rages over whether additional tax revenue should be part of reducing the deficit, or whether tax hikes in any form will slow or stall an already lethargic economy.   President ...

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In the works

Owner: Son House Development Fund Co. Inc. Location: 539 Joseph Ave. Project information: Construction of supportive housing for homeless individuals, including 21 one-bedroom apartments in a three-story building. Cost: $4.3 million Start date: August 2012 Expected completion date: June 2013 ...

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Myriad factors converge in favor of sustainable design

A little over a decade ago, Philip Wise made a decision.   Wise, director of sustainable design for SWBR Architects & Engineers P.C., and his team began educating and accrediting themselves in an effort to bring more environmentally sound features to ...

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Commercial-building retrofits maintain steady pace

When renowned metal sculptor Albert Paley outgrew his studios in Rochester’s Cascade District and elsewhere, the Nichols Team, a Henrietta-based construction firm, got to work retrofitting the former Valeo plant on Lyell Avenue.   Gas lines for welding and overhead ...

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Landmark Society means business, focusing on the past and future

Seventy-five years ago, one of our community’s most unlikely economic engines was born.   Founded in 1937, the Landmark Society of Western New York Inc. is one of the oldest preservation organizations in the United States—and one of the most ...

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Get smart with estate planning, make use of low interest rates

As you read this article, the election is over and either President Barack Obama has received a vote of confidence from the American people for four more years or the mantle has been passed to former Gov. Mitt Romney.   ...

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New unit’s second year to focus on efficiency, recovery

The state Department of Financial Services switches its focus from reorganization to improving efficiency and contributing to recovery as it enters its second year as the state agency responsible for regulation of financial services subject to New York’s banking and ...

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Funding levels

These are the typical financing stages in venture capital: Startup: Venture capitalists provide seed money in exchange for a stake in the company. Early stage: Companies have begun operations but seek investment to start commercial manufacturing and sales. Growth: In ...

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Efforts to improve funding climate gain momentum

Various efforts are gaining momentum to improve the local atmosphere for venture-capital funding. Area universities have ramped up sources of support for startups while capital firms and government-sponsored programs continue to pinpoint promising deals.   Yet gaps in the funding ...

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Nurses hit the books, advance careers to offer better care

In a profession where greater knowledge leads to better quality of care, nurses are headed back to school to obtain more credentials.   According to a report from the Institute of Medicine titled "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing ...

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Institutions train professionals with an eye on the future

Increased technology, escalating costs and a focus on preventive care and wellness have transformed the health care industry. Educational institutions that train professionals are working to keep up with these changes.   These colleges and universities continue to modify, update ...

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Ranks of primary-care docs begin to grow, efforts pay off

Rebecca Lavender M.D. first considered becoming a primary-care physician shortly after earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Rochester. She was volunteering at the time for AmeriCorps HealthCorps in Berkeley, Calif., helping to connect uninsured families with health care. ...

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2012 Philanthropy Award Program

National Philanthropy Day 2012; Change the World with a Giving Heart November 9, 2012  ï  Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration, 11:15 a.m. VIP reception for honorees and sponsors, 11:30 a.m. – noon, Riverside Court Luncheon ...

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Non-profits brace for chilling effect of proposed reform

Proposed tax reform that would lower or eliminate charitable-giving deductions could have a chilling effect on non-profits here and elsewhere.   Already squeezed by the economic downturn and the expiration of a federal law involving Individual Retirement Account charitable rollovers, ...

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