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Lobbying lawmakers pays for small business owners

Now that a new Republican administration has moved into Washington, business owners and trade associations are preparing new strategies for influencing policymakers and legislators. “If you don’t blow your own horn, someone will use it as a spittoon,” quipped Theodore ...

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A nearby place to get away from it all

Janet McKie and Eric Moon got the idea to create the Quiet Place while driving to Buffalo for a jazz concert. The small country home across the road from theirs was going up for auction, and the couple thought if ...

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SMALL-BUSINESS BOOKSHELF: Innkeeping is a business like any other, but, similar to running a restaurant, the notion of managing a B&B tends to get romanticized by those who have never done it before. Several books offer advice on how to ...

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A business built on old bits and pieces

As Albert Einstein once said, everything is relative, which is also to say that one person’s trash is someone else’s treasure. On that proposition, Christina Jones and James Wolff have built a business.aa Owners of Historic Houseparts, Wolff and Jones ...

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SMALL-BUSINESS BASICS: On Tuesday evenings, Jan. 30 through March 6, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Service Corps of Retired Executives Chapter 23 and West Irondequoit Community Education will present a course titled “Starting and Operating Your Own Small Business.” It ...

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‘Did you get my letter?’ How to follow up well

Salespeople often send letters of introduction or information about products and then follow up with a phone call that begins with the stupid question, “Did you get my letter?” What are you thinking? The prospect will always say “no.” Now ...

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Partnerships helped some survive the shakeout

Riding the entrepreneurial roller coaster in 2000 required seat belts and crash helmets. It was a wild year for anyone trying to start, grow or manage a small business-especially for those who burned through millions of investor dollars and have ...

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Sliding into a lucrative winter

Robert Wrisley has been looking forward to this winter for nearly five years. With two partners, the 42-year-old has built what he says could soon be the state’s largest snowtubing park, located in Batavia, Genesee County. This year, the park’s ...

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WEB ORIENTATION: Genesee Community Education will hold a workshop titled “Using a Web Site for Your Small or Home-based Business” from Jan. 16 through Feb. 13, Tuesdays. It will be presented by Shew Technology Associates. The program will take place ...

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Discovering the right scale for the job

Katy Kuczek’s 2-year-old daughter inspired her to start Aurora Design. “I was struggling with day care and I had a lot of friends who had (started their own business), so I decided to try it myself,” she says. Kuczek, 34, ...

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‘I’m sorry’ not the way to resolve the problem

When something goes wrong, what do you say? How do you apologize to a customer? When your company makes an error, or a customer is in some way offended, and an apology is in order, all kinds of options are ...

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Persistent entrepreneurs still able to find capital

When the dot-com boom went bust last spring, venture capitalists lost some of their bravura, along with a few billion dollars. But there are still investors out there looking for strong businesses with solid, experienced management and potential for growth. ...

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START-UP SUPPORT: There are still a few days left to apply for small- business mentoring support through the Start-Up Resource Program. Eligible businesses must be at least 51 percent owned by a woman, member of a minority group, or a ...

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Restoring the details of the past

When Eric Field goes to work every morning, he also travels back in time. At least it seems that way. As the North Rose businessman behind Old House Restoration, Field specializes in restoring landmark properties in the Rochester area to ...

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A product that melts in your mouth

Some 14 years ago, Nancy Stiebitz delivered a platter of assorted chocolates to a new neighbor down the street.aa aaaaaa Knocking on that door led to the creation of Encore Chocolates Inc. The new neighbor, Carol D’Agostino, was a former ...

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