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USA Payroll Inc.

USA Payroll Inc. may be a small company, but it is targeting larger and more complex businesses to provide payroll and payroll-tax services. “I had worked 10 years in the payroll industry, and I wanted the opportunity to be responsible ...

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Telecommunications Bank Inc.

Ma Bell’s biggest babies entertain America daily in ad battles over cut-rate deals in long-distance dialing, collect calling and business-to-business breaks in services. Meanwhile, a slew of kids play with the opportunities created when courts ordered the breakup of the ...

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Bookmarks Unlimited Inc.

Dealing with a minor annoyance turned into major business for Byron entrepreneur Scott Capamaggio. The founder and president of Bookmarks Unlimited Inc. lost his place one too many times during a lifetime of reading, and invented the PageKeeper bookmark to ...

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Bartenders Unlimited

In 1986, when a customer asked Richard McDonald to moonlight at a private affair, he was just another bartender. Then, McDonald says, while he was serving up libations at the shindig, “it came to me in a flash: This is ...

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McClary-Laible Inc.

The city had plans for one of the oldest and largest abandoned Catholic churches in the Rochester area–plans to tear down the 116-year-old Church of the Most Holy Redeemer. Northside Church of Christ had its own plans–to restore the old ...

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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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