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Execs cite slow growth of jobs, investment here

For Peter Messner, president and second-generation owner of Messner Carpet-Rugs-Flooring, his sons starting careers in the business strengthens the company. It also has inspired him. He now sees Rochester and the region’s future differently, affected by the vantage point of ...

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Rochester stays pessimistic in upstate survey

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Rochester’s business leaders continue to struggle with health care costs and government regulations and are more pessimistic about the future than their counterparts across Upstate New York, an annual report from the Siena College Research Institute shows. Related Content Negative ...

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SunCommon NY plans to add jobs, revenues

The rebranding of Sustainable Energy Developments Inc. through a partnership with Vermont-based SunCommon kicks off 2017 with the promise of growth that could be triple what the Ontario, Wayne County, renewable energy company saw in 2016. “SED grew 450 percent ...

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ROCHESTERCHAMBERtop100-This company puts its efforts on display

A Rochester area company has focused on how its clients can make first impressions while simultaneously creating its own lasting impact in the region. The Presentation Source Inc. provides audiovisual systems and support to its customers. The firm helps companies ...

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Geneva colleges’ impact tops $269 million

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are a significant economic driver, with a total economic impact of more than $269 million, an increase of $25 million since 2013, a recent analysis by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities shows. The ...

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Nocon receives 31st annual Athena Award

Nannette Nocon, private wealth adviser for Nocon & Associates, Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., was honored with the 31st annual Athena Award on Thursday at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. She is one of 12 women who were ...

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Diversification, acquisitions key for firm

Fabricio Morales started his company in the basement of his apartment in 1995 selling niche products such as Day-Timer brand organizers. FM Office Express Inc. has grown to four locations across the state, with an expanded product line that includes ...

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CooperVision takes new path for its lens

Among the biggest hits at the 2017 CES was CooperVision Inc.’s decidedly nonelectronic Energys contact lens, a relatively new addition to the lens maker’s Biofinity line. Held each January in Las Vegas, CES generally is acknowledged as the world’s largest ...

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City working on options for run-down Chestnut Street building

Rochester officials are working on options to redevelop a longtime vacant, decrepit building in the heart of downtown surrounded by a number of renovation projects. The nine-story building at 65-67 Chestnut St. is in tax foreclosure, and Baye Muhammad, the ...

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The Loop

The priest and the ‘Exorcist’ The Rev. William O’Malley was somewhat akin to a rock star during his lengthy tenure as a teacher at McQuaid Jesuit High School. His exuberant personality and colorful language mixed with a staunch commitment to ...

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Harley exhibit coming to the Strong museum

It is cold outside, but the conditions for riding are perfect at the Strong where the newest exhibit, Hands on Harley-Davidson, is set to open. The granddaughter of one of the iconic motorcycle’s co-founders is slated to be in Rochester ...

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Genesee Brewing Co. taps Dixon Schwabl

Dixon Schwabl Inc. has been named public relations agency of record by Genesee Brewing Co. The firm this year has taken over the brewery’s public relations strategy, execution and other integrated services. Genesee Brewing previously worked for seven years with ...

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Hart’s Local Grocers picked for program

Hart’s Local Grocers in Rochester has been selected to be part of a two-year pilot program with the U.S. Department of Agriculture along with six other retailers across the country, officials said last week. The pilot program is slated to ...

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The Loop

See ya, ’bye If you don’t like it here, leave. Many are. United Van Lines last week reported some two-thirds of the moves involving New York households were outbound. That is a higher proportion than any other state, except New ...

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M&T Bank issuing new business debit cards after error

A typo in a customer service phone number on M&T Bank cards for its business clients has led the Buffalo-based bank to reissue an undisclosed number of new cards this month. But a customer who alerted the bank in mid-December ...

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