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Creative solutions soothe the occasional unhappy client

  For Bonnie Goldsmith, an unhappy customer recently became a walking billboard. Goldsmith, owner of Bouquets by Bonnie, a flower and gift shop in Fairport, had a customer whose arrangement did not last as long as he thought it should. ...

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Metro jobs figures send mixed signals

The Rochester-area economy sent mixed signals in November, with an improvement in the number of private-sector and non-farm jobs but an increase in the unemployment rate.

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Car sales continue to outpace 2009

New and used car sales continued to outshine sales from a year ago, the Rochester Automobile Dealers’ Association Inc. reported.

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Brothers’ firm stays busy when customers hold on to their older vehicles

While some businesses in the automotive industry continue to sputter in a difficult economy, Brothers Collision & Mechanical is enjoying double-digit growth. The uptick is a result of consumers’ reluctance to spend big bucks on new vehicles, co-owner and partner ...

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Q4: Douglas Lonnstrom, director, Siena Research Institute

  Q: Statewide, overall consumer confidence rose in November for the third consecutive month. What has happened to improve confidence here? A: There is a general feeling that the worst is over. There is less talk about a double-dip recession ...

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Consumer confidence rises again

Confidence among Upstate New York consumers continued to climb in November, a monthly survey by the Siena Research Institute shows.

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A tradition of resilience at Allen-Bailey

Tucked away on a dead-end street in the Livingston County hamlet of Caledonia sits a century-old manufacturer that churns out millions of tags and labels weekly. Its quiet location keeps Allen-Bailey Tag & Label Inc. out of the public eye, ...

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Car sales up from October ’09

New and used car sales last month continued to outpace sales from a year ago, the Rochester Automobile Dealers’ Association Inc. reported.

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Bonadio joins Torvec board

Torvec Inc. has elected Thomas Bonadio to its board of directors. Bonadio is managing partner and CEO of the Bonadio Group, an accounting and financial services firm he founded in 1978.

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Region’s unemployment rate dips

The Rochester area economy continued to improve last month with a decrease in the unemployment rate and increase in private-sector and non-farm jobs.

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Monro Muffler plans stock split

Monro Muffler Brake Inc. plans to declare a 3-for-2 split of its common stock and increase its quarterly dividend, the automotive repair company said Monday.

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Consumer confidence improves among upstaters

Overall confidence among Upstate New York consumers improved from September to October, a monthly survey by the Siena Research Institute shows.

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Kaplan aims to rev up Torvec

  With a rich entrepreneurial background and a history of aiding startups that include a carpet-buying group, an advertising and marketing agency and a computer software company, Richard Kaplan is poised to take Torvec Inc.’s technologies to the next level. ...

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