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Rochester Skydiving Center Inc.

Richard Cordaro dropped by Silver Stadium last Friday, not simply to see the Red Wings’ season opener, but to bring in the game ball–by parachute. Cordaro’s recent jump was only one of roughly 5,800 jumps the owner and president of ...

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BizOpNet

The roadside billboard has been in decline ever since Ladybird Johnson’s 1960s highway beautification campaign. But entrepreneurs Kevin Keefer and Gerard Flanagan believe such signage has a bright, if virtual, future on the information highway. Last month, the two men ...

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Aquarium Design Systems

Robert and Jodi Lysiak run a fishy business. The Hilton couple own Aquarium Design Systems, a firm that sets up and maintains fish tanks throughout the city. The business grew from a hobby, one that Robert Lysiak began with frustration. ...

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Refunds Forgotten

You pay nothing unless she gets money for you. Legal secretary Deborah Ludwig knows where $333 million is held by the government. She is looking for the people to whom that money belongs. Her new business, Refunds Forgotten, traces people ...

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Finger Lakes Ultrasonic

Musicians use sound to calm, excite and sadden. The U.S. Navy uses sound to detect enemy vessels. Finger Lakes Ultrasonic uses sound to clean away dirt and grime. Partners Richard Weinberger, president, and James Carney, vice president, founded the company ...

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Discerning
Nature Inc.

A hulking, multicolor bird of prey spreads its wings gracefully, spanning the computer screen. The shot zooms in tight, focusing on a wing’s joint as it flaps. To the side, text explains the anatomy portrayed on the screen. These arresting ...

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ServiceTech Inc.

Not too long ago, a customer who wanted a bulletin board on his company’s computer system asked ServiceTech Inc. to launch him onto the Internet for even-higher-tech computer kibbutzing. Mark Hilts, ServiceTech’s president, gave the client what he asked for, ...

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Pittsford
Fish Market

Nick Vasalos’ goal is to make his business the top retail fish outlet in the Rochester area. And after two weeks in a new location in the city, the now misnamed Pittsford Fish Market is well on its way to ...

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Susan Grace Branch & Associates Center for NLP

Susan Grace Branch has a theory about items, such as book titles, that keep popping up in conversation, on television and elsewhere. They continue to appear because we are meant to pursue them. “If you begin to notice something,” she ...

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Technical Learning
Resources Inc.

Technical Learning Resources Inc. survived massive crowds at the Beginners’ Computer Fair, but just barely. “It was like a flea market,” President Kathryn Hogan jokes. Despite the frenzy, Hogan says the show was a success for TLR, a local publisher ...

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Rochester Distribution
Unlimited Inc.

When William Finnerty decided to start his own trucking firm, he knew he would have to bootstrap the operation. The president of Rochester Distribution Unlimited Inc. launched his company in March 1980 with no trucks, no employees and virtually no ...

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Friends of the Finger Lakes

Eastman Kodak Co. inadvertently helped two friends of the Finger Lakes found a business promoting their favorite region. Emerson Klees and Robert Sundell both left Kodak in 1991 when the imaging giant offered an attractive deal. They struck up a ...

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Socially Responsible Portfolios

Making money talk articulately is the point of Socially Responsible Portfolios, an outgrowth of the investment advisory service started three years ago by Christopher Kappan. Kappan was an organic gardener before he became a Securities and Exchange Commission-registered investment adviser. ...

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M.B.W. Enterprises

Mercurio and Stettner started M.B.W. Enterprises in October. So far, the operation has amassed a catalog of 3,500 instructional and specialty videotapes and won business from firms like Paychex Inc. as well as from a number of Rochester-area Head Start ...

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PicturePhone Direct

PicturePhone Direct came on the scene last year to help that happen. “We see an explosion in desktop videoconferencing products,” Vice President Roland Klietz says. “We wanted to set ourselves up to be the recognized experts.” Through its color catalogs, ...

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