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Fido and Rover have a home away from home

Fred and Kristine Campo are not your average dog lovers. They have turned their adoration and their experience dog-sitting for friends and family into a business endeavor.   The Campos, owners of K-9 Grandparents, an in-home dog boarding business, serve ...

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Private Companies

The local area is Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties. Ranked by total number of local employees.

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Firm’s marketing staff is a nationwide network

With his design strategy and integration of technology, Barry Strauber says, he has redefined the possibilities within the marketing and communications industry.   Strauber, owner of Rising NY LLC, a branding, public relations and marketing agency in Rochester, has strayed ...

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Brothers enjoy larger space to display talents

With their artistic backgrounds and enthusiasm for innovation, brothers Brian and Robin Dettman decided in 2010 to partner on purchasing, and eventually remodeling and expanding, Jerry Williams Creative Arts and Framing in Fairport.   Two years after the Dettmans took ...

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Light-hearted Dorado spells ‘gold’ for owner

When Jonathan Swan launched his Latin fusion restaurant Dorado five years ago, business was slow. Now, it has transformed into a hot spot on Park Avenue.   During the first few months, the 32-year-old entrepreneur faced several challenges, including obtaining ...

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Chiropractors building a practice in Geneva

As a child, Mike Vorozilchak aspired to be a physician. He ended up working in health care, but in a different capacity.   Vorozilchak studied athletic training in college and worked during the summers in a cardiac rehabilitation unit, but ...

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Kids can’t wait to dig into partners’ frozen fun

Brian Mendler’s career has come full circle.   A former elementary school teacher, Mendler has written several books on teaching and now has a consulting firm. But his latest endeavor has him working with children again, in a sense.   ...

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Partners’ T-shirts finding wearers across U.S.

It is easy to find proof that people are wearing JBRD Apparel’s merchandise.   The Rochester company has made the customers who buy its shirts and sunglasses an integral part of its marketing campaign. Plastered all over JBRD’s Facebook page ...

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Designer’s firm creates replicas, exhibits, displays

Rick Crowley happened upon his business by a stroke of luck.   In 1979 he ran into a few acquaintances who were working on a project for a local advertising agency, building a large replica of a telephone for Rochester ...

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New owners returning restaurant to its past

Under new ownership, the Pittsford village landmark Hicks & McCarthy is celebrating its 100th anniversary this month by going back in time.   The South Main Street restaurant, opened as a candy shop in 1913, is bringing back staples such ...

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She turned 6-month risk into 25-year-old firm

Julia Grant was in her early 20s when a business associate suggested she start her own business.   Grant, an engineer who had become proficient in computer-aided-design software, began slowly. She accepted an independent gig that was expected to last ...

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Hobbyist has become embroidery entrepreneur

Pati Robben’s creative mind took her love of art and an art history degree and turned them into the unlikely business of crafting decorated apparel.   "I supply custom-decorated apparel and accessories for businesses, sports teams and gift giving," says ...

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Realty firm has found its niche in Irondequoit

Over the last four decades, as the town of Irondequoit grew and shrank, Walther Realty was there.   For 42 years, the family-owned real estate business has been a fixture in Irondequoit, working almost exclusively in the town and gaining ...

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Photo studio is marriage of creativity, business

Last year, photographers Michael Hanlon and Teri Fiske worked together on 27 weddings. Their job duties went far beyond taking pictures.   "We’ve done everything from sewing buttons and taping dresses to performing minor first aid," Hanlon says. "Shooting a ...

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Growing her firm, fulfilling her husband’s vision

JoAnn James admits her background does not include developing complex robotic systems used as inspection equipment in nuclear power plants around the world. That does not, however, keep her from leading-and growing-a business that does.   Over the last few ...

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