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Area’s unemployment rate rises to 8.7 percent

The Rochester area economy showed signs of improvement in January, with an increase in the number of non-farm and private-sector jobs and a year-over-year decrease in the unemployment rate.

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Upstate consumer confidence plunges

Confidence among upstate consumers fell dramatically in February, after reaching a three-year high in January, a monthly survey by the Siena Research Institute shows.

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Customer focus is the jewel in retailer’s crown

It takes determination, good judgment and a fair amount of self-assurance to run a successful small business. David Cornell learned much of that at age 18, when he traveled to Israel to work on a collective farm for three months. ...

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Online job listings up from a year ago

Rochester’s online help-wanted advertising dipped slightly from December to January, but improved from a year ago, the Conference Board Inc. reported.

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Vehicle sales jump in January

New and used car sales in Monroe County last month outpaced January 2010 sales, the Rochester Automobile Dealers’ Association Inc. reported.

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Former paralegal let her career go to the dogs

Jennifer Davies-North had always longed to work with dogs. As a child she drew pictures of houses with dogs in the windows and called them "Hotel for Dogs."   Decades later she made that dream a reality.   Davies-North, 39, ...

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Consumer confidence surges in upstate

Confidence among Upstate New York consumers reached a three-year high in January, a monthly survey by the Siena Research Institute shows.

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Torvec inks deal with mining equipment provider

Torvec Inc. has inked a deal with Eastern Mining & Industrial Supply Inc. to sell the local firm’s IsoTorque differential technology in mining shuttle cars. After the news, its stock fell nearly 22 percent.

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Determined to keep his dealership revving

  Randolph Henderson Jr. learned determination and how to make things happen before he had finished grade school. Henderson found his first job-a newspaper route-at the age of 9 so he could buy the Converse All Stars he coveted. His ...

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Van Bortel receives the 2011 Athena Award

Twenty-five years ago, Mary Catherine Van Bortel opened a car dealership with her last $500, one used vehicle and a lot of gumption. She has grown the business to roughly 200 employees and nearly $110 million in gross sales, annually ...

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Car sales up for 2010

New and used car sales in 2010 surpassed 2009 sales, the Rochester Automobile Dealers’ Association Inc. reported.

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