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Just Cruises Inc.

Craig Curran has found a niche in the Rochester travel market that has been quietly overlooked. He owns a travel agency called Just Cruises Inc. that prides itself on its knowledge of the cruise industry. Just Cruises began in 1984 ...

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Blast From the Past

What began as a side business for Robert and Shawn Bauerschmidt has turned into a full-time operation for the father-and-son team and their silent partner. “We always dealt with earlier stuff, like period furniture. We figured this would be the ...

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Vision Enterprises

Karen Galvin worked for more than a decade in sales management and training departments for corporations in Connecticut. When she moved to Rochester two years ago, she decided to take her knowledge and start her own business, Vision Enterprises. Since ...

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Glenn Schaefer Recycling

Ten years ago Glenn Schaefer had a feeling that recycling was the wave of the future. This was four years or so before New York and other states passed mandatory recycling laws, and the now-familiar blue boxes became ubiquitous. Schaefer ...

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Woodlawn Landscapes
Unlimited Inc.

Richard Weldgen knew from the get- go he would earn his living on the lawn. The entrepreneur started his first business, Weldgen Landscape Services, in 1965 while still a student. He kept at it after earning his degree in ornamental ...

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Virginia L. Goyer CPA

Virginia Goyer worked in a large accounting firm, and then a two-person firm. Seven years ago, she decided to strike out on her own and start Virginia L. Goyer CPA. “I decided that’s the way I’d be most satisfied,” she ...

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Primar Filtration

From the human point of view, zebra mussels are worse than useless. A fresh- water mollusk with no natural North American predators, it clings to any available surface and does nothing but eat and make more zebra mussels. But it ...

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Custom Foil Printing

Terry Cohen was a graphic-arts major in college, but he pursued a career in retail sales and management. He always wanted to revisit the graphic-arts field, though, and saw his opportunity last year. He bought a printing business and set ...

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Creative Event Consultants

Cherylann Bellavia describes her business this way: “It’s taking away the headache from the person who’s supposed to be enjoying the event.” Creative Event Consultants coordinates business retreats, seminars, weddings, parties–“any kind of special event you have in your life.” ...

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Brian Ambrose & Associates

Brian Ambrose learned sign language as a teenager because he wanted to communicate with deaf friends. As an adult, he turned the skill into a business, supplying sign-language interpreters for the hearing-impaired to corporate customers. Ambrose maintains a stable of ...

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Eagle Communication Services

When Teresa Harris saw reports on how local parents and schools were frustrated over how to improve communication, she saw a way to put her talents to work. “It wasn’t that (parents) didn’t want to get involved with the schools, ...

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Info Directions Inc.

Deregulation is Info Directions Inc.’s best friend. The start-up software firm sells its PC-based billing systems to the telecom industry’s growing ranks of small and midsize resellers, who buy wholesale local and long-distance service from telecom giants like Nynex Corp. ...

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A.R. Arena Products Inc.

In 1988, General Electric Co. asked reusable-packaging specialist Anthony Arena to develop a plastic container for shipping liquid chemicals. He thought it was an interesting idea. Just how interesting is becoming clear now that Arena has developed the idea into ...

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Leon Kastner Wholesale Meats Corp.

Leon Kastner Wholesale Meats Corp. provides meat and specialty foods to most of the upscale restaurants and country clubs in the Rochester area and has clients across Western New York and the Southern Tier. The company’s specialty, owner and President ...

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Ultraform Inc.

From banjos to trade-show displays might seem a stretch, but woodworker Kenneth Whelpton has made a go of businesses in both areas. President of the Rochester-based Ultraform Inc., Whelpton in a previous incarnation owned Ome Banjos, a banjo and mandolin ...

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