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Survey shows confidence among CEOs is up

The Rochester metropolitan area ranked second of the four upstate areas polled in the Survey of New York State Business Leaders, released by Siena College Research Institute and First Niagara Bank Wednesday.

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Survey shows business conditions worsen

General business conditions in the Rochester area declined in December, a monthly survey by the National Association of Purchasing Management-Rochester Inc. shows.

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Vehicle sales hit five-year low in 2009

Despite a healthy increase in new car sales locally last month, total vehicle sales for the year fell to a five-year low, the Rochester Automobile Dealers’ Association Inc. reported.

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Consumer confidence rises in Q4

Confidence among Rochester area consumers showed some improvement in the fourth quarter when compared with the fourth quarter in 2008, but was down from the third quarter, the latest quarterly consumer confidence survey by the Siena Research Institute shows.

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Recession is good time to start venture

Despite the recession-and the inclination to hunker down and stash every penny-the best time to start a small business might be now. "I think it’s a fantastic time," says Jan Pisanczyn, regional director of the Small Business Development Center at ...

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In their case, word of mouth says ‘cheesecake’

  By VELVET SPICER John Baker fell in love with Cheesy Eddie’s two decades ago, but it would take nearly 13 years-and three attempts at negotiating a deal-for Baker and his wife, Colleen, to finally purchase the South Wedge cheesecake ...

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Car sales accelerate in November

Sales of new and used vehicles in Monroe Country showed improvement last month compared with a year ago, the Rochester Automobile Dealers’ Association Inc. reported.

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Online job listings rebound

Rochester’s online help-wanted advertising rebounded slightly last month, mirroring regional and national trends, the Conference Board Inc. reported.

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