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Victor firm lands Trillium funding

Auction Direct USA L.P., a Victor used-car auction house, has received a nearly $10 million infusion of capital from Trillium Group LLC.

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Q4: James Hammer, president and CEO, Hammer Packaging Corp.

Q: You were inducted recently to the New York Business Hall of Fame’s Class of 2006. The organization noted the inductees’ “innovative business ideas and strong community presence.” How has Hammer Packaging utilized innovation in its business processes? A: Innovation ...

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N.Y. worker outlook dims in April

Worker confidence in New York fell slightly in April, a Harris Interactive Inc. report for Spherion Corp. shows. The New York Employment Report shows employee confidence fell 1.8 points last month to 53.8 from 55.6 in March and was down ...

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Jobs picture improves, but worker ranks shrink

The Rochester area economy improved in April, with a lower unemployment rate and more jobs. The local jobless rate was 4.1 percent last month, down from 4.5 percent in March and 4.5 percent a year ago. The Rochester metropolitan area ...

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Sales of new vehicles rev up in April

New vehicle sales in Monroe County jumped more than 24 percent in April over a year ago. Dealers sold 3,759 new vehicles last month, up from 3,022 in April 2006 but down more than 2 percent from 3,845 in March, ...

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Building their business glass brick by glass brick

See Corrections and Amplifications below. Three optimistic partners admit some heavy lifting. Pete Zizzi and Jonathan McCone are proof that hobbies and side jobs easily can become entrepreneurial ventures. A few years ago Zizzi’s grandfather, who owns a glass block ...

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Consumer confidence drops

Overall confidence among upstate consumers dropped nearly 2 points last month to a more than six-month low, the latest Consumer Confidence survey by the Siena Research Institute shows. Overall confidence—which includes current and future confidence—in Upstate New York was 75.9 ...

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Consumer confidence drops

Overall confidence among upstate consumers dropped nearly 2 points last month to a more than six-month low, the latest Consumer Confidence survey by the Siena Research Institute shows.

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Online job ads rise in April

Rochester’s new and total online help-wanted advertising climbed to a six-month high in April, the Conference Board Inc. reported. Some 11,200 online job ads were posted last month, up 19 percent from 9,400 in March and 24 percent from 9,000 ...

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Online job ads rise in April

Rochester’s new and total online help-wanted advertising climbed to a six-month high last month.

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It’s business as usual, firms say

General business conditions in the Rochester area remained relatively flat in April, with slight improvements in the non-manufacturing sector, a monthly survey by the National Association of Purchasing Management-Rochester Inc. shows. Some 31 percent of respondents reported better business conditions ...

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It’s business as usual, firms say

General business conditions in the Rochester area remained relatively flat in April, with slight improvements in the non-manufacturing sector, a monthly survey shows.

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