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Machining entrepreneur braves odds

When James Widman decided to start a sheet metal, metal fabrication and machine shop, a few people, including his own wife, told him he was crazy. This was three months ago, a time when signs for a new business of ...

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NUTS AND BOLTS: On June 11, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Service Corps of Retired Executives Chapter 23 will offer a workshop called “Small Business Startup & Survival” from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Federal Building, ...

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Architects design for the big picture

At Barkstrom & LaCroix Architects, it is hard to separate good architecture from good urban design. The firm, which marked its 30th anniversary last November, has five licensed architects. Almost all of them tackle projects by examining the bigger picture. ...

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BUILDING IN COSMETOLOGY: The SUNY College at Brockport Small Business Development Center and the Internal Revenue Service will hold a small business administration workshop entitled “Cosmetology Business” on June 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rush-Henrietta High School ...

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Pet sitters give clients ‘bunch of love’

From cocker spaniels to peacocks and bearded dragons-Ned Stromfeld’s customers receive special care and attention. Owner of Creature Comfort Pet Sitters Inc., a professional pet sitting service, Stromfeld and his team of pet sitters focus on looking after pets in ...

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10 TIPS FROM SCORE: The Service Corps of Retired Executives offers advice to people who are considering starting a small business. — Identify your talents. Define your passion and think of it in terms of profit. — Consult with colleagues. ...

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BANKING ON BRILLIANCE: On May 20, the Rochester Business Alliance Inc.’s Small Business Council will present a session on banking and strategic planning. The program at the Oak Hill Country Club will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a networking breakfast. ...

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Making it harder to get away with fraud

The forensic accounting business has a predictable cycle: When the economy hums along, companies tend to spend their energy signing up new business and pay insufficient attention to their internal financial controls. That can lead to internal abuses that are ...

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PAYING CONSULTING GIGS: On May 14, Sandler Sales Institute will offer a free seminar-“How to Avoid Unpaid Consulting”-from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at 1150J Pittsford-Victor Road, Pittsford. Call 249-9189 for reservations. KNOWING EMPLOYMENT LAW: HR Works Inc. will sponsor a ...

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Air-chilling firm starting to fire up.

Northern-Air Systems has the motor revving on sales of its top product and is ready to accelerate. The company makes special cooling equipment for mobile medical devices, custom air handlers and chillers and other sheet metal work. The cooling systems ...

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IN HONOR OF SMALL BUSINESS: On May 3, the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Inc. will offer its Small Business Week seminar, “Small Business Start-Up” from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Genesee Valley BOCES, State Street Road, Batavia. The ...

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Screen-printing firm finds an edge

When Sara Lee Corp. moved Champion Products Inc. from Rochester to North Carolina, it offered Champion treasurer and vice president of human resources John Hackett the chance to move with the company. Hackett, who decided that he would rather pursue ...

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RUNNING THE SHOW: Starting on April 29, the U.S. Small Business Administration will offer a course called “Operating a Small Business” from 7 to 9 p.m. at Greece Olympia High School, 1139 Maiden Lane. The course will take place Tuesdays ...

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Making goals with women’s soccer

Rochester soon might be in position to score big time in terms of women’s soccer, and Profile Sports Group LLC is doing everything it can to help the community reach that goal. The sports management firm, founded in June of ...

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SMALL-BUSINESS BOOKSHELF: How do you think—like a success or like a failure? Author John Maxwell illuminates his theory of different types of thought in “Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work” (Warner Books, $22.95). ...

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