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Randy’s Doll Up

Randolph Pittman, owner of Randy’s Doll Up, does not understand some automobile owners. “They’ll buy a new suit and have it cleaned,” he says, “but they’ll buy a new car and never have it cleaned.” And when Pittman says cleaned, ...

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Dyam Design

“We knew starting a small business takes sacrifice, but we figured if we made the move right away, we would never know the difference,” Smith recalls. Ten years later, Dyam Design is flourishing as the technically sophisticated marketing arm of ...

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WorkWise

In 1992, Bonnie Johnson realized she was a job hopper. Then in her early 30s, Johnson over a four-year period had worked for more companies than she now cares to detail in a variety of bookkeeping, accounting, and clerical supervisory ...

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Fabulous Foods
Catering Co. Ltd.

When Kurt D’Aurizio describes himself as president and chief bottle washer, he’s not kidding. Fabulous Foods Catering Co. Ltd. is the scratch for an entrepreneurial itch that surfaced two years ago in D’Aurizio, a chef with previous gigs at such ...

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Cognitive Marketing Inc.

Ask Peter Holloran, managing partner/strategic services of Cognitive Marketing Inc., about the 2-year-old company and very early in the conversation he will say: “We are not an advertising agency,” with emphasis on the “not.” “We are a marketing and communications ...

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Curb Magic

Robert Kretzer had a number of different jobs during 30 years at Eastman Kodak Co. None of them prepared him for Curb Magic. Now 3 years old, Curb Magic is the company the former engineer, photographer, writer and editor of ...

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Silver Meadows Ostrich Farm

Ostrich Stroganoff? Ostrich Wellington? Ostrich burgers? Don’t laugh. If fledgling ostrich farmers Robert and Nancy Hill are right, we’ll all be snacking on the giant African ratite soon. The couple, who also raise miniature horses, miniature donkeys, llamas and dairy ...

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FMI Interpreting Services Inc.

Patricia Forbes thinks of herself as a matchmaker. As owner of FMI Interpreting Services Inc., Forbes and her staff hook up free-lance interpreters for the deaf with businesses and organizations that need their services. FMI holds several ongoing accounts, including ...

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Cricket on the Hearth Inc.

Visitors to Cricket on the Hearth Inc. often wander in knowing little more than that they like fireplaces or that a wood-burning stove might be nice to take the winter chill off. By the time they leave the Panorama Trail ...

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Rochester Public Access Inc.

If Wayne Kiedaisch were into auto racing instead of computers, he probably would have skipped go-carts and stock cars and gone directly to the Indianapolis 500. Kiedaisch certainly has taken that approach in business–none of this “start in the mail ...

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Elizabeth’s Tea Emporium

Forget the cafe latte, iced cappuccino and double-mocha whatevers. Joanne Brokaw thinks tea is the emerging, hip beverage of the 1990s. Real tea, that is, brewed from leaves and steeped in a pot, not some tea dust in a bag. ...

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Billett Ballroom Center

This story begins on the Love Boat, where a British dancer waltzed his way into the heart of a young woman sailing to Bermuda with her parents. More than 20 years later–now married and on dry land–Peter and Lisa Billett ...

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Canaltown Coffee Roasters Inc.

Draw a line from Vienna, Austria, to Seattle, and mark an X on a spot in Upstate New York about midway between the two cities. The geography may be a little off, but the X puts you at Canaltown Coffee ...

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Life Search Divorce Mediation and Rehabilitation

By the time Nancy Magee-Pearson’s divorce was final, she had racked up more than $12,000 in legal fees. When Leon Pearson split with his first wife, he paid slightly more than $1,000. The difference? Pearson took the path of divorce ...

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C.H. Morse Stamp Co.

Upholding the craft traditions of the 11th-oldest stamp house operating in America is the easy part of a day at C.H. Morse Stamp Co., general manager Peter Stummer says. After all, he was raised in the trade of manufacturing custom ...

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