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Island Jake Music Services

The independent auto mechanic is supposed to be a vanishing breed, but Robert Kaiser refuses to disappear. A one-time meat cutter who did car repairs part time as a hobby business for nine years before he opened Bob Kaiser’s Repair ...

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Bob Kaiser’s Repair Inc.

“I was one of those shy, scared-of-your-own-shadow type of kids,” says Stephan Jacob. Really? You bet, says the 46-year-old father of two, who also is known as “DJ Island Jake.” The owner of Island Jake Music Services now is the ...

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Royal Limousine Service

Treating its customers like royalty is the signature service of Royal Limousine Service in Canandaigua. And Royal’s manager, Rollondo Eddy, knows something of royalty–at least America’s version. For although this country has never been ruled by the crown, we bow ...

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KnowledgeWorks!

ENTERPRISE By JENNIFER RACHO Rochester Business Journal Linda Stevenson does not fool around in her home office–two computers, two phones, three printers and of course voice mail, plus amenities, a bathroom and a private entrance. Except for a bomb shelter, ...

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Aurora Group LLC

The fluctuations of corporate mergers and acquisitions, downsizings and expansions can bewilder employees trying to plan their retirements. Their human-resources representative might be too overworked to give them much attention, or too inexperienced to answer the multitudes of questions about ...

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The Nut House

Walk into the Nut House and tantalizing scents of chocolate and nuts will tickle your nose and your sweet tooth. For those who crave truffles, pralines and creams, being surrounded by hundreds of candies each day might test their willpower. ...

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Pharaoh’s Hairum

A full-service day spa that helps people unwind from the daily stresses of life. That is what Susan Minute and her husband, Stephen, had envisioned when they opened Pharaoh’s Hairum back in 1980. The couple started out small with a ...

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Jim Dalberth Sporting Goods

When Nike Inc. came out with its first running shoe some 30 years ago, Rochester was one of the first cities in the country to sell the shoes, says David Etzel. Jim Dalberth Sporting Goods sold the running shoe for ...

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Microworx Direct Inc.

Jeffrey Leist knew he could not out-box the computer “box shippers,” but he believed small businesses were being ignored by them. Leist started Microworx Direct Inc. three years ago to sell computers to those small businesses, as well as government ...

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Markusen Metalsmithing Studio

Instead of canvas and paint, metal-smith Thomas Markusen uses copper and chemicals to give form to his artwork. Inside a late 19th century converted barn in Kendall, Markusen and his four students create richly textured candle holders, plates and vessels ...

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Thalia Productions

Kathleen Washington helps people laugh at serious issues, talk about touchy subjects, and understand that differences in the human race can be an opportunity for growth and not a disabling cause for fear. Her company, Thalia Productions, uses improvisational theater ...

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Golden Oaks Foods

Ronald and Wendy Ochs are not giving up their day jobs yet. But if their mustard business keeps growing, the day might come. The Livingston County couple started Golden Oaks Foods only four months ago. And while the firm’s four-product ...

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Diamond Delights Inc.

Before the birds start chirping, Patricia Ruffino and William Kilpatrick have their elbows in flour, sugar and filo. The wife and husband co-owners of Diamond Delights Inc., a gourmet caterer and bakery, have found their calling in what some would ...

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Person Two Person

Chris Carol has always taken relationships seriously, so starting Person Two Person, Rochester’s only matchmaking service for gays and lesbians, was a natural career and business decision for her. “The whole idea of romantic relationships has always been very important ...

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Well-Read

The adage that we teach what we need to learn and write what we need to know, aptly describes Phyllis Mindell. “I had my own song to sing,” says the president and founder of Well-Read, a communications-consulting firm. Mindell started ...

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