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Author Archives: Kerry Feltner

I am a reporter for the Rochester Business Journal. I cover telecommunications, technology, Internet/software/hardware, optics and photonics, advertising/marketing/PR, media, environment, architecture, construction, sports, security, Rochester colleges and universities, breweries, wineries, tourism and the paper's Fast Start section.

Startup gets help on way to clean energy breakthrough (access required)

What is the problem with many innovative technologies? Some never make it out of the lab. For a company like Dimensional Energy, aligning with NEXUS-NY—a clean energy accelerator—has helped its founders move out from the lab and on their way ...

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He puts the joy in design

Charles Cerankowsky

If you look around Rochester, it is not hard to find signs of Chuck Cerankosky’s influence. In the last decade he has helped to bring new dining experiences to the area, all filtered through a specific lens and his first ...

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Fast Start: No beans about it, cafe owner serious about coffee

She went from drinking gas station cappuccinos as a teen to talking to growers in Guatemala about their coffee-growing process as a business owner. Renee Colon knows the difference between good and bad coffee. Today she and her husband Tony ...

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Wegmans defying assumptions

Danny Wegman interacts with employees inside a Wegmans store.

This story appeared in the RBJ’s commemorative 30th Anniversary section. See more content related to the RBJ’s anniversary here. For over a century, Wegmans Food Markets Inc. has been an integral part of Rochester’s DNA. But these days, it’s far more ...

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Beverage tanks lead to growth for Vance Metal Fabricators

Driven by a growing market, Vance Metal Fabricators Inc. entered the beverage arena in the late 1990s, crafting custom tanks for breweries, wineries and distilleries. Today the firm has grown that footprint while continuing to diversify its offerings. The company ...

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Fast Start: A passion for planning drives Struzik’s success


When Shannon Struzik looks at her career, she often thinks of a quote by the poet Rumi: “Live life as if everything is rigged in your favor.” That message has played out in her career path in different ways and ...

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For 100 years, Harley has led the evolution of education

A group of students enjoy discussing and analyzing the robot they build together, trying to figure out how to correct the kinks in their machine in 2017. (Photo courtesy of the Harley School)

It would have been hard to predict that a small preschool started a century ago would not only remain through the decades but develop into the Harley School, a 500-student independent preparatory school that supports students until 12th grade. The ...

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Harley puts students at the center of their own learning

In the late 19th century, philosopher and educator John Dewey created a new way of thinking about the classroom — one that believed in democratic engagement, empowerment of students and collaboration. This was a far cry from the traditional education ...

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Speakers announced for Upstate Unleashed Conference

Speakers for the annual Upstate Unleashed Conference and Venture Ecosystem Awards—presented by Upstate Venture Connect—have been announced. The event will be held on Sept. 19 at the downtown Marriott Syracuse and is expected to draw over 300 attendees. Jim Senall, president of ...

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College at Brockport finishes $1 million in upgrades

The College at Brockport has completed over $1 million in upgrades, officials said. The funding was provided by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, the state’s capital project development authority otherwise known as DASNY. The upgrades are ...

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GRE and New York Photonics Industry Association form alliance

Greater Rochester Enterprise Inc. and New York Photonics Industry Association have created an alliance to help further and strengthen New York State’s optics, photonics and imaging capabilities, or OPI, officials said. “The Greater Rochester NY region is a world leader ...

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Profile: A graduate comes back to lead

Gregory Vincent, the new president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has a network of family and friends he calls his board of directors. Throughout his life, he has had mentors investing in his success. “One of the pieces of ...

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Fast Start: Business of health care energizes Seagate’s Coyle

One thing is certain: health care is complex. For John Coyle, that is precisely why he continues to work in the industry. “It’s just a fascinating world,” he says. “I definitely want to stay in it career-wise; I see a ...

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Nineteen area firms make 2017 Inc. 5000 list

Nineteen area firms have been named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing privately-held companies in the country. The top company on the list was Calif.-based Skillz, a software firm. The local companies featured are: SunCommon NY, ...

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Cork49, wine bar in Victor, opens

Cork49 Wine Bar in Victor will host a grand opening on Sept. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m., officials said. The wine bar is owned by brothers Matt and Greg Nearpass and is based at 49 West Main St. “The ...

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