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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.

East Rochester firm spells success with buttons

Geoff Letson, 33, of Fairport has owned his business Wacky Button for 14 years. It started out of his band's need for a promotional button when playing shows.

They are seen at concerts, funerals and political rallies. They are worn by people of every age. By design, they say something. Buttons or pins are a way to get a message across, commemorate a person or event, or to ...

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A new report examines the state of play

The State of Play—a national report on youth sports—was released Thursday by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and the Rochester Area Community Foundation. The Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes region received a C+ rating in getting kids active ...

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Constellation Brands reports Q1 rise in earnings


Constellation Brands Inc. reported a strong showing in its 2018 fiscal first-quarter earnings driven by growth in its beer business. The Victor, Ontario County-based firm reported Thursday net income of $402.8 million, or $2 a share, up from $318.3 million, or ...

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HTR completes purchase of Sibley Square space


High Tech Rochester Inc. has completed its purchase of space at Sibley Square for the organization’s new headquarters. HTR is expected to occupy the sixth floor of the building—formerly the Sibley’s Team Room—by the end of the year. HTR currently ...

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Care-a-lot Child Care sold after 26 years in business

Care-a-lot Child Care Inc. has been sold—effective Satuday—after over two decades in business. Owners Bob and Carol Moore have decided to retire, selling the child-care business to David Kolczynski. Kolczynski is committed to continuing Care-a-lot’s practice of providing quality child ...

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Wegmans, ESL make list of best places to work for millennials

Wegmans Food Markets Inc. and ESL Federal Credit Union were named to Great Place to Work and Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials list. The grocery retailer ranked 12th on the list while ESL ranked 30th.  Over 398,000 U.S. ...

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The Eden Alternative partners with Brand Integrity

The Eden Alternative—an organization focused on improving the lives of elders—is partnering with Brand Integrity Inc.  to help create an engaged culture, officials said. Brand Integrity is an employee engagement technology and consulting company on East Avenue. “The Brand Integrity ...

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Dinolfo to meet with federal officials on lake levels

Lake Ontario in the town of Sodus, Wayne County. (Photo by Mike Dickinson)

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo are to meet with members of Congress, long with representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday, officials said. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss federal ...

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School Rocks Backpack Giveaway set for July 23

Preparing children for school can be costly. Two years ago it was estimated that the average person with children in grades K-12 would spend $97.74 on school supplies such as notebooks, pencils and backpacks, according to the National Retail Federation. ...

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Rochester ranks among easiest places in N.Y. to sell a home

Rochester ranks as one of the easiest places in the state to sell a home, according to a study by SmartAsset, a financial technology company . The company ranked cities by the number of days homes were on the market. ...

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Capstone earns Great Place to Work certification

Capstone Information Technologies Inc. has joined the list of local firms to have earned Great Place to Work certification. “We are honored to be recognized as one of the nation’s great places to work,” said Sitima Fowler, co-CEO of Capstone ...

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Fast Start: Black Bird Design stresses beauty of branding

We see them all the time, but only some are remembered. When it comes to signs, logos or design in general, the key is to have a point of view. That’s what Brady Fogle has set out to do with ...

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Program targets a gender gap

Historically, women have been hard to find in the construction industry. A 2014 National Women’s Law Center report titled, “Women in Construction, Still Breaking Ground,” showed women make up 2.6 percent of workers in construction and extraction occupations, a figure ...

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Encore Chocolates celebrates 30 years

Irondequoit-based Encore Chocolates Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Saturday by holding a chocolate festival from noon to 4 p.m. The firm is run by master chocolatiers, Nancy Stiebitz and her son, Aaron. Aaron has created 3-D chocolate works ...

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