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REPEAT CUSTOMERS: On May 15, XpressMarketing will offer one in its series of workshops, “Building Loyal Customers,” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 2975 Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Road. The cost is $22 or $75 for the series. Call 292-9780 for ...

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All signs say ‘go’ for this enterprise

Deryk Kemp has played in rock bands nearly half his life, so he knows more than a little bit about show business. By now, he also knows more than a little bit about the sign business and, he hopes, is ...

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CREATING LOYALTY: On May 15, XpressMarketing will offer one in its series of workshops, called “Building Loyal Customers,” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 2975 Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Road. The cost is $22 or $75 for the series. Call 292-9780 ...

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Old-time parlor serves frozen treats

Justin Gastel doesn’t scream. Promise. But his 9-month-old ice cream parlor, I Scream, in Mount Hope Plaza squeals charm. Gastel, 40, has been in love with the ice cream business since his first job as a scooper for a Rochester-area ...

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TRACKING DEDUCTIONS: The first of a bunch of small-business-related events next week takes place on May 4. SUNY College at Brockport Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Internal Revenue Service will offer a workshop on ...

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Making modular units to fit the need

If you are in the market for a used jail, Greg Downing could be the man to see.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Downing, 39, recently joined his father, Timothy Downing, 61, his uncle, Brent Downing, 57, and a fourth partner, David York, 54, in ...

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WEB SIGHTS: New York loves small business, or so it says in the URL for a site designed to give aid to enterpreneurs, http://www .nylovessmallbiz.com/home.asp (that’s all one word: nylovessmallbiz). The site offers a guide to owning and operating a ...

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LEADERSHIP SKILLS: The Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization of Rochester on April 23 and May 27 will offer workshops to aid in the development of leadership skills. Both workshops, led by Steve Davis of the Grenell Consulting Group, will take place at ...

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Paintball supplier’s splatters spread

Ten years ago this month, Ethan Steiner went into the paintball business using $5,000 that he had taken from what was to be that semester’s college tuition. Gross sales at Professional Paintball Supplies Inc. in Victor have increased by at ...

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Making cents in the Tower of Babel

Be it Chinese or Arabic, Spanish or German-Advanced Language Translation Inc. helps businesses talk to customers in their own lingo. Started by Scott Bass in 1994, ALT has grown from a one-man shop to a six-employee company. The firm offers ...

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YOUR HOME, YOUR OFFICE: On April 14, the Service Corps of Retired Executives and the U.S. Small Business Administration will offer a workshop called “Starting and Operating a Home-Based Business” from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Federal Building, 100 State ...

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SMALL-BUSINESS BOOKSHELF: Everything you ever wanted to know to finally win that big stuffed animal at the county fair can be found in Brian Richardson’s “The Secrets of Amusement Park Games … Revealed!” (Silver Star Publishing, $3.95). And to give ...

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But seriously, fun wears many faces

Bob Larter’s life has been a lark since he quit selling business machines 27 years ago and bought a wholesale carnival supply business, King Sales. Larter has tweaked the business over the years, but King Sales’ mission remains the pursuit ...

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SMALL-BUSINESS BOOKSHELF: In “Moving Violations: War Zones, Wheelchairs and Declarations of Independence” (Hyperion, $15.95), journalist John Hockenberry describes what it’s like to be in a wheelchair and report from such hot spots as Jerusalem and Baghdad. Amazon.com reviewers praise its ...

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Early talent led to uplifting venture

Michael Leary’s brother had polio when they were children. Leary spent a lot of time when he was young tinkering, designing and improving gadgets to help his brother and his brother’s buddies get around. Now 50, Leary and his wife, ...

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