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Woman gives smaller organizations a voice

When Melinda McAuliff discovered last year that she was going to be one of dozens of people whose positions were being eliminated at EarthLink, she told herself that she would have a new job within 365 days. Exactly one year ...

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Failure Sessions event slated for next week

Digital Rochester Inc. will present The Failure Sessions, an event that aims to celebrate the lessons to be learned from failure, on April 6 at 6 p.m. at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre.

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Five finalists selected for 2016 Rochester Venture Challenge

The 2016 Rochester Venture Challenge has chosen five finalists out of 29 early stage companies that began the competition. The contest involves entrepreneurs competing for $40,000 in cash and prizes, officials said.

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Loudspeakers spreading sound around the globe

Fulcrum Acoustic LLC is making noise in the professional audio market. Founded in 2008, the firm designs and manufacturers loudspeakers used in a variety of locations, from amusement park rides to sports stadiums. Stephen Siegel, the company’s president, said its ...

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Trainer teaches clients all aspects of fitness

Austyn Affronti sets higher goals for his clients than simple physical fitness. As the president of the Pittsford-based Affronti Fitness, he strives to chart an action plan that includes nutrition and personal training toward an end that some might see ...

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Consultant shares breadth of experience


When Howie Jacobson built his home, he found a beautiful red rock, at a quarry in Medina, he knew would be a perfect fit. “It was this beautiful, reddish-purple stone, one that you see a lot in downtown Rochester in ...

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High-energy paint classes elicit enthusiasm


Gloria Kreitzberg pours her passion, energy and enthusiasm into everything she does. Her latest venture blends those traits with her love of music, art and dance into a unique experience for the over-21 crowd.

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The Rochester Business Journal accepts high-resolution color, digital photos with press releases three to four weeks before publication date. Send digital submissions to vspicer@rbj.net. Mirror Show Management announces the following new employees: Thomas Kingston, facilities coordinator; Pete Stam, user experience ...

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Cake and coffee–what a winning combination


Julie McOrmond still remembers the assignment. There was a graduation party for a girl who wanted to become an animator, and the girl’s mother asked McOrmond to make a cake for the party. As the owner of the Upper Crust ...

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Small companies strain to fulfill ACA requirements

Champion Moving & Storage Inc. of Brockport employs fewer than 50 workers, a staffing level that Christopher Carter, owner of the Allied Van Line franchisee, plans to take pains to maintain. The reason: By employing fewer than 50, Carter avoids ...

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TempleSox succeeds by dressing up eyewear


Dave Spampinato did not have that one “aha” moment when he decided to launch his own business. The longtime eyeglass wearer, who owns a number of different pairs, spent a considerable amount of time building a plan and developing his ...

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Men’s clothier stays in touch with clients

(Photo by Kimberly McKinzie)   Omero Piccone began working for Hickey Freeman when he came to the United States from Italy in 1954. Now, his son Walter Piccone sells Hickey Freeman at Omero’s Clothes in Greece, which he opened in ...

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Virtual business opens doors for small agency

After working at other marketing agencies, Timothy Cook decided he could improve his service if he worked on his own, and in 2005 that’s just what he did. “By creating a small firm, it allows me to be more agile ...

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