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BayCreek Paddling
Center Inc.

Growing interest nationally in sea kayaking and proximity to Lake Ontario has sent BayCreek Paddling Center Inc. merrily down the stream. “People are looking to get back to nature and do physical stuff,” says Stephen Skinner, president of BayCreek. “They ...

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Empire/Forster Sign
and Awning

What is the one thing the Hard Rock Cafe, Tinseltown theaters and most of Rochester’s high rises have in common? All of their signs and awnings came from Empire/Forster Sign and Awning. The Hard Rock Cafe’s brown-and-copper awnings on its ...

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The Write Stuff Communications

What her clients say about her work has been enough to keep the ink of Karen LaFauci’s pen running for a decade. “It’s all been word of mouth for 10 years,” says the owner of the Write Stuff Communications. After ...

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Victoriana Bed & Breakfast

In the small town of Gorham, Ontario County, “the world comes to your door.” It does, at least, if you are Margaret Graham-Carter, owner of Victoriana Bed & Breakfast. Together with her co-owner husband Jeff Carter, she has welcomed guests ...

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Massimillian & D’Amanda

Like many college graduates who majored in English, Robert Massimillian knew he had to pound the pavement hard to secure employment after graduating from Yale University. Massimillian decided he wanted to work in advertising, so he headed to Chicago with ...

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All Day Sunday

The staff of All Day Sunday was hoping to celebrate its 30th anniversary next year by expanding into a larger space in Midtown Plaza that would double its retail space. Unfortunately, because of a change in the mall’s ownership, plans ...

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Centering

At a very young age, Marjorie Baker Price understood that the direction she would take in life would come from a source inside herself. Now Price uses her “inner-directed voice” to help her clients find theirs. Price, a psychiatric nurse, ...

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The Hutton Co. Inc.

When telephone companies talked about problems getting information to and from switches, Bruce Hutton listened. In 1989, Ogden Telephone Co.’s former chief engineer joined forces with a software manager who had worked at Ogden years earlier to form the Hutton ...

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Europa Custom Tailors

When Vincent DiGiorgio watches the local news or peruses the pages of the Rochester Business Journal, he finds many of his clients adorned in Europa Custom Tailors’ suits or hand-tailored shirts. Many of Rochester’s news makers seek out Europa for ...

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Napa Valley Wine Co.

“I’m bringing the Napa Valley to Pittsford,” says Daniel Buccieri. However, it comes “without the sun and the warmth.” Too bad. Sipping a glass or two of wine from the Napa Valley, though, might warm your belly on a cool ...

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Darn Good Foods Inc.

John Yancey says he wants to continue building cheese empires in the dairy market. The former president and owner of Heluva Good Cheese Inc. in Sodus started Darn Good Foods Inc. in Corfu two years ago. And if this latest ...

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Exact-Type

After Jan Smith’s second child was born in 1992, she started looking for a way out of juggling her duties as project administrator for a vice president at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf with child-care ...

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DG&M Agency Inc.

After 11 years of being shifted and shuffled at one of the national insurance companies, Dale Trott decided “enough was enough.” “Why not make my earning potential unlimited?” Trott reasoned to himself, as opposed to being confined to a pay ...

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The Village Toy Shoppe

Twenty years ago, when Judy Roach was a teacher and a mother of three small children, she found there was “a need for a better toy shop.” What Roach felt toy stores lacked at the time–selection–she sought to provide. After ...

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Forensic Economics Inc.

To investigate an allegation of securities fraud, you first must determine what the stock market knew and when it knew it. That is a job for consulting firm Forensic Economics Inc. “It’s like financial detective work,” says Frank Dorkey, president ...

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