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During the last month or so, it seems everywhere I went people were asking the same question: "What is your position on Renaissance Square?" I’ll tell you exactly what I told them. I didn’t take a position. That’s because at ...

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Nonprofit Report: The Arthritis Foundation, Upstate New York Chapter Inc.

The Arthritis Foundation, Upstate New York Chapter Inc. provides information and programs for a 31-county area stretching from Utica and Binghamton to Buffalo. The chapter operates as an arm of the national foundation, which is the world’s largest private, non-profit ...

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Bookseller turns the page on a stereotype

Jonathan Smalter wants to reinvent the used-book store. The 27-year-old owner of Yesterday’s Muse Inc., a bookshop in Webster, says people can be turned off by the stereotypical used-book store; a dark and messy place where customers are scoffed at ...

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Company gets clients’ events off the ground

Skip Lehman has been known to hang out with the likes of Harrison Ford and John Travolta. It is part of Lehman’s job: His event and trade show management company, Mach 2 Management Inc., is focused on getting customers what ...

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Floral designer cultivates Fairport business

Bonnie Goldsmith’s flower arrangements look as if they have been picked from a garden. She makes atypical choices, using hydrangeas, dahlias, snapdragons and sunflowers, and arranges them garden-style in square and round containers or woven baskets. Goldsmith, 37, owns Bouquets ...

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Wine shop eschews mass merchandising

Kristin Vanden Brul tastes roughly 30 wines a day. The 48-year-old owner of Wine Sense Park Avenue Inc. says she does it to ensure that every bottle her store carries is an accurate representation of the grape it is made ...

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Focusing on customers, not the competition

Rita Battisti is not distracted by competition. Though the 24-year-old’s business, Bellezza Salon and Spa, is at 2241 Monroe Ave. in Pittsford, an area with many salons, Battisti says she is focused on serving her customers. “I concentrate on what’s ...

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RBJ wins pair of national press awards

The Rochester Business Journal earned two awards in the National Newspaper Association’s 2009 Better Newspaper Contest. The honors recognize work published in 2008.   Reporter Will Astor earned a first-place award in the best business story category for his Feb. ...

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Consultant gives advice on the human factor

Michael Cook believes interpersonal relationships drive a company. “When the day ends, 90 percent of the value of (a) business walks out at night and goes home and makes a decision about whether or not it comes back in the ...

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Business is all about creativity and dessert

Goodness Cakes Bakery Ltd. has a tiny freezer. Owners Nicholas and Bethany Soures say it is a sign that items in their shop are fresh as can be. The Soureses aim to make fresh, creative cakes and other desserts while ...

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Firm helps companies introduce themselves

Her goal, Claire Kaler says, always was to create an edge in the local advertising market that in 1991 Rochester was sorely lacking. When she founded K2 Communications Inc., Kaler, then 39, applied her education in fine arts to her ...

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Practicing her print passion and going green

Amy Rau’s heart beats for paper. When the 30-year-old saw materials being wasted at commercial printing presses, she decided to channel her flair for design to recycle paper into pieces of fine art. Rau started greengirlpress, a letterpress printing company, ...

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New cafe owner commits totally: ‘I live here’

Neil Clark hopes the third time’s the charm. The third owner of the Towpath Café: Coffee and Wine, formerly known as Fairport Village Coffee, believes his hands-on approach is the ingredient the cafe needs. “I live here-I’m here from the ...

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Programmer smoothes users’ learning curve

Jeffrey Brand is frustrated by programmers who develop technology without thinking about the real users. Instead of making things easier, he says, they tend to make them unnecessarily difficult. Brand, 29, is trying to change that with his Web development ...

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Mulcahy scores high marks for tenure as Xerox CEO

Respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll gave high marks to Xerox Corp. chairman and CEO Anne Mulcahy, who announced her retirement last week. Nearly 75 percent of respondents said her overall performance was excellent or good. Ursula ...

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