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Urban League launches business development program for underserved (access required)

The Urban League of Rochester is launching a new business development program. PowerShift: Building Small Business is a partnership between the Urban League and bobrochester.com to launch a directory that spotlights minority, women and veteran-owned small businesses in Monroe County. ...

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M&T believes impact of Buffalo Tech Hub will extend to Rochester (access required)

In christening the Buffalo Tech Hub at Seneca One, M&T Bank officials see not just a new center for innovation, but also a catalyst to further spur the technology ecosystem between their home city and Rochester. “Regions like ours have ...

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Small business growth program is recruiting entrepreneurs (access required)

Assemblymember Sarah Clark has joined forces with the Goldman Sachs in an effort to recruit exceptional entrepreneurs for 10,000 Small Businesses, a free education and support system aimed at growth-oriented business owners. The partnership will strive to provide critical support ...

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Business of marijuana will be subject of online city forum (access required)

The Rochester community will have an opportunity during an online forum Thursday evening to learn about business opportunities that may exist from the legalization of marijuana. Mayor Lovely Warren and New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes will host ...

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Survey seeks input on climate solutions (access required)

The Climate Solutions Accelerator of the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region is looking for community input to help determine a regional climate action plan. The Climate Solutions Accelerator will help create a response to requirements of the New York state Climate Leadership ...

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Empire State Development invests $250,000 in Mosaic Microsystems (access required)

Empire State Development has invested $250,000 in Mosaic Microsystems, a Rochester-based microelectronics and photonics packaging company. The seed investment was provided by New York Ventures, the venture capital arm of ESD. A total of $2.4 million in funding was raised ...

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Geneva co-packing manufacturer to expand, create 21 jobs (access required)

Assured Edge Solutions, a custom vegetable processing and co-packing company, plans to grow its manufacturing operations at the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park in Geneva. The initiative will create up to 21 jobs and retain 14. “The Cornell Agriculture ...

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Parcel 5 will be green space until permanent use is found (access required)

Parcel 5, the rock- and dirt-covered barren plot of land smack dab in the heart of downtown, will gain new life next month while the city of Rochester continues to seek a permanent use. “Meet Me at the 5” will ...

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Ortho Clinical Diagnostics receives $53.7 million COVID-19 testing contract (access required)

Rochester’s Ortho Clinical Diagnostics has been awarded a $53.7 million contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to fund manufacturing capacity expansion dedicated to U.S. customers of the company’s COVID-19 antigen and two antibody tests and for the company’s VITROS ...

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No-code software startup accelerator coming to NextCorps (access required)

A federal grant will provide funding for the launch and oversight of a software startup accelerator for non-technical founders at NextCorps. The Scaling Pandemic Resilience Through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) grant of $743,000 will be combined with matching and in-kind ...

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Livingston County seeking entrepreneurs for retail business competition (access required)

Livingston County Economic Development will award $300,000 in prizes through its Dream-O-Vate Business Competition. Some 15 winners will share $300,000 in prizes that include training, funding and the essential resources and tools needed to successfully open a business, officials said. ...

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New tenants arriving as Gallina’s creation of Innovation Square continues (access required)

An eatery and a theater management firm have signed on as tenants at Innovation Square, the latest re-creation vision of a downtown landmark by Gallina Development. Innovation Arts Management LLC will oversee the reimagination of the former Xerox Auditorium. The ...

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Lilac Festival returns with a retro, weekends-only feel (access required)

The Lilac Festival is going retro, reverting to the format of yesteryear as it kicks off Rochester’s festival season and a return to near-normalcy. Instead of operating for 10 consecutive days, the 2021 Lilac Fest will welcome visitors to Highland ...

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