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Aversion to investment bankers
often pound-foolish

Investment banker David Michaels was looking forward to a few days of skiing in Park City, Utah. But when his vacation fell in the middle of a complex negotiation, he spent most of his time on the phone rather than ...

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Resources

MAKING PLANS: The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering a workshop entitled, “Prepare Your Own Business Plan.” The Feb. 10 workshop, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will be held at the Top of the Plaza Restaurant, 1400 Midtown Tower. ...

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A trailblazer in the healing field

When Mary Beetz placed her listing in the yellow pages, her center was the first in the category of “holistic health services.” Some 25 years later, Beetz’s Center for Wholistic Healing is one of 28 listings under the heading, two ...

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Resources

GETTING STARTED: Career Development Services Inc. is offering a program on Tuesday, Feb. 2, entitled, “Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business? Part I.” It runs from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at CDS’ office, 706 East Ave. The fee ...

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You’re fired! By the real
boss–your customer

Warning! The information contained in this column will be painful to read. Presto–every customer returns for a second dose of whatever you sell or serve. Is that the reality? Or have you sold them once, and then got fired (and ...

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This business is no basket case

In 1997, when an acquaintance asked Cheryl Robinson if she knew anyone who might be interested in taking over her business, Robinson replied that she would think about it and get back to her. After giving it some thought, Robinson ...

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Growing number of small
firms believe in angels

You won’t find harps or halos hanging around the boardroom of Branchout.com, the New York City-based Web site founded a year ago, but you will find a few angels. Founder David Ronick says his life changed for the best when ...

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Lighting a fire under
a new-business idea

Dean Ashton, president of the Advance Safety Group Inc., remembers this past autumn’s fire at the Ultralife Batteries Inc. facility in Newark all too well. “We had been out there previously to talk to their company officials and demonstrate the ...

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Merchandising by Design Inc./
The Design Associates

Merchandising by Design Inc./The Design Associates, an interior design and planning services firm, recently has undergone some alterations. First there was the move to new offices in Pittsford and the addition of staff. Then came a modified plan of attack. ...

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Andy’s Candies

Andrew Sykut had always dreamed of owning a sweet shop. In 1917, he began a small tobacco and candy store, selling cigarettes, cigars and homemade candy. After ten years, when he had gained enough financial stability through his day job ...

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Millennium Games and Hobbies

“Games of all kinds are really the most amazing things about life,” proselytizes Edward Fear, owner of Millennium Games and Hobbies in Henrietta. “They’re such a constructive use of time. I mean, rather than relaxing by watching TV, you can ...

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Spanish Communication Services

When Mary Jo Bull moved to Rochester from her native Puerto Rico, she noticed something was missing–a translation service. This is what prompted her to start Spanish Communication Services, Rochester’s first Hispanic-owned translation service. Bull says the company, founded in ...

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Serenity Bed & Breakfast

It is the stuff of which dreams are made. Tired of city living and climbing the corporate ladder, a young couple throw caution to the wind to launch a bed and breakfast in the country. For Steven and Kimberle Miller, ...

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Thyme For You Inc.

Thyme For You Inc. is not a catering service. Its founder, Christopher Leepa, is adamant about that fact. Leepa is a personal chef, certified by the United States Personal Chef Association, who started his company when he became frustrated by ...

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First-person stories wanted

Have you faced and overcome a challenging situation that others might learn from? Would you like to write about it for the Rochester Business Journal? If so, then we’d like to hear from you. Selected stories will be published in ...

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