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Tie Guy Inc.

Necktie-party guests in old-time western movies usually were unwilling honorees, but Rochester entrepreneur John Ogden says modern-day executives are lining up for his festivities. Ogden, owner of Tie Guy Inc., describes his soirees as a kind of in-office Tupperware party ...

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Tridec Development Corp.

When Donald Race says, “We’re business chameleons,” he is not referring to the lizard-like qualities that image conjures. As laid out in one of Tridec Development Corp.’s brochures, “We become part of our clients’ environment, quickly assimilate their culture, then ...

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Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions

Two kittens nobody wanted and a veterinarian’s MasterCard started it some three years ago. Dumped at the Scottsville Animal Hospital, the kittens inspired an adoption effort that spun off into a business, Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions. So great was the response ...

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LSI Networks Inc.

The past seven weeks have brought some pleasant surprises for LSI Networks Inc., a start-up venture formed earlier this summer. “Things happened a little bit quicker than we’d anticipated in our business plan,” President Michael Latini says, referring to a ...

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Black Tie Catering

It was not what they knew that set Jeffrey and Terry Freedman up in business. It was who they knew. After 25 years of moving around in the restaurant business in Upstate New York, the Freedmans knew who was who ...

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Crazy Egor’s Games

If you think the sword-and-sorcery types who used to skulk around campuses playing Dungeons and Dragons all morphed into computer nerds, hang on to your pocket protector. True, the mainstream game market has long since gone digital. But enough anti-Nintendo ...

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Ron Hilton’s Car Trek

Entrepreneur Ronald Hilton describes himself as “somewhere between a broker and a bird dog.” A lifelong car aficionado, Hilton steered his hobby into a business last fall, 10 months after retiring from Rochester Institute of Technology. After a “big investment” ...

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Bernunzio Vintage Instruments

A sometime banjo player and full-time teacher, John Bernunzio first tried his hand at the vintage-instrument business some 20 years ago. “I taught special education. I did the music thing for my sanity,” he says as he plucks the strings ...

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Mac’s Automotive

“You can skin a sheep once–you can cut its hair its entire life.” In an industry often known for fleecing customers, Mac’s Automotive lives by this homily, owner Michael Bartikofsky says. “Be honest, go the extra mile and you’ll have ...

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French Hill Spring Water Co.

It’s here, and it’s clear. Get used to it. Bottled water is the fastest-growing beverage segment in the United States, say Francis and Samuel Trapani. The 50 million Americans who drink it are a mere drop in the bucket compared ...

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The Syndicated Weekly

Ethan Borg’s vice is not cigarettes or coffee, food or TV, but the Internet. “I’m addicted,” he says. “I can’t help it.” Borg has turned his addiction into a business offering a hodgepodge of products and services through the electronic ...

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Lawn-A-Gram

George Werner was working for a greeting-card company, but he was convinced there was something bigger out there. And there was. Now Werner lives with 8-foot figurines of clowns, showgirls, storks and whatever else clients of Lawn-A-Gram feel would be ...

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Hammondale Recreation

John Hammond sits smack in the tradition of Betty Nesmith. Like Nesmith, the former secretary who came up with the idea for Liquid Paper, Hammond was not going to be stopped by the fact that what he needed did not ...

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The Garbage Fairy

What might the Garbage Fairy put under your pillow? Nothing too nasty, assures owner Lesa Abbey: The waste-management firm promises one month’s free service, not any of the more pungent possibilities. When Abbey founded the Garbage Fairy–and its parent company, ...

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John Torregiano

Sleight-of-hand artist John Torregiano brings a little magic to marketing. Torregiano performs his tricks on behalf of businesses at conventions, trade shows and anywhere else companies want to use him. He uses magic as an attention-getter to gather crowds around ...

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