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Author Archives: Brian C. Hedges

Keeping Your Balance: Is too much goodwill a bad thing?

To almost anyone but attorneys, investment advisors, and accountants, goodwill may mean friendliness. Cooperation. Altruism. However, to those attorneys, investment advisors, and accountants, goodwill on a corporate balance sheet is an indication of corporate optimism. Synergies. Future profits. Goodwill is ...

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Keeping Your Balance: The ‘Silver Tsunami’ and its effect on the transition of Rochester businesses

The statistics are clear: The age landscape is changing and will continue to change in the next decade and the Greater Rochester Area is not immune to this impending “Silver Tsunami.” Consider the following facts and figures… At a Macro ...

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Keeping Your Balance: Takeaways from the National Charter School Conference

I was one of over 4,500 people who took part in the National Charter School Conference as it converged on Nashville, TN over a week ago.  Representatives from all 50 states attended and shared in the charter school movement.  Attendees ...

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Keeping Your Balance: Not-for-profit roundup: Budget challenges, fraud risks and more

Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. sponsored its eighth annual not-for-profit summer seminar in early June in Rochester and Elmira. In advance of the seminar, I conducted an optional survey of the attendees — executives, and finance and accounting professionals at ...

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Keeping Your Balance: A look at the economic outlook for Rochester in 2015

I recently attended the Rochester Business Journal’s roundtable presentation titled “2015 Economic Outlook: Rochester and the Upstate Region.” The presentation included statistics from a regional CEO survey and four local business leaders, each discussing his overall view of the national, ...

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Keeping Your Balance: ‘Frye,’ ‘Daubert,’ ‘Kumho’ – the expert’s triple threat

  In many cases, expert witnesses provide value to the court and attorneys by providing testimony in complex or highly specialized areas. In essence, an expert witness teaches the finder of fact when the court may require a “… scientific, ...

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Keeping Your Balance: Moving focus to combating health care fraud

As we look forward, there are many challenges the healthcare system faces in order to provide timely and quality healthcare to an aging (and growing) population. Additionally, as expenditures grow, healthcare oversight agencies will continue to fight growing concerns of ...

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