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Report finds optimism grows among middle-market executives

Middle-market executives are twice as optimistic about the U.S. economy as they were last year, according to a new report from JPMorgan Chase & Co. that surveyed small and midsize businesses just before President Donald Trump took office.

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The startup gap

What’s needed for a healthy, dynamic economy is more startups than closings. Unfortunately, in many U.S. metropolitan areas this is not happening.

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Entrepreneur discovers product a tough sell

Jayne Knowlton has a conundrum. As a teenager she had hip surgery. While in the hospital, Knowlton had her first experience with the embarrassment and discomfort of using a bedpan. And while the whole experience led her to a satisfying ...

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Sutherland faces another overtime suit

Some five years after Sutherland Global Services Inc. agreed to pay $4 million to 1,800 workers to settle a workers’ claim that the company had wrongly withheld overtime pay, the Perinton-based outsourcing firm faces a new lawsuit alleging similar violations. ...

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Chamber event to feature roundtable, pitch contest

The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy have teamed up to present the YEA! Rochester Chamber Member CEOs Roundtable and Pitch Contest.

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Small-business job growth rises in Dec., Jan.

Small-business job growth nationwide increased slightly in December and January, according to the latest index report provided Tuesday by Paychex Inc. and IHS Markit.

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Radio Social bowling center to open in spring

Radio Social, the new name of Clover Lanes, a bowling alley that operated for nearly six decades on Monroe Avenue in Brighton, will reopen this spring in the Stromberg-Carlson manufacturing facility on Carlson Road in the North Winton neighborhood, officials announced Friday.

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Kiva Rochester receives ‘key market’ designation

An international micro-lending platform is recognizing the city of Rochester as a key market after the local Kiva Rochester program facilitated more than $100,000 in crowd-funded microloans to local entrepreneurs.

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Garden design a specialty at Webster center

Plantings, patios and pretty lights describe the three main themes at Rochester Landscape Designs Inc. Company partners Glenn Baumgras and Timothy Trueblood started their company at the former Harris Seeds Garden Center—a longtime nursery that became a Webster landmark for ...

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Chamber outlines top areas for action in 2017

Chamber outlines top areas for action in 2017 Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 130th anniversary this year. Since 1887, when a group of business owners gathered to find ways to address issues such as Canadian trade, railroad and ...

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African-American bookstore finds a niche

When Mood Makers Books opened in 1994 at the Village Gate, it was one of 300 to 400 African-American bookstores nationally that belonged to the American Booksellers Association. “Now, if you can find a good 100 African American bookstores, I’d ...

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Rochester Eye & Laser completes upgrades

Encouraged by redevelopment of former Inner Loop land next door, Rochester Eye & Laser Center has completed an extensive upgrade of its facility at North Union and Charlotte Streets in the East End. 

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Arbitrator orders union to drop complaint against Ajay Glass

An arbitrator has ordered a Syracuse Ironworkers union local to drop a court complaint against Ajay Glass Co. in a hiring beef centering on Wilmorite Management Group LLC’s close-to-completion del Lago Casino and Resort project. The dispute has not slowed ...

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Evoke Healthy Foods to receive funding

Evoke Healthy Foods is receiving up to $50,000 from Launch New York Inc., a venture development organization. The company, which is registered under the name Muesli Fusion Inc., makes muesli cereals with organic and gluten-free ingredients.

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