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Farms, small firms get U.S. funds

Casa Larga Vineyards in Perinton and TreeCrisp2Go Inc. in Wayne County each have been awarded $200,000 in federal funding to enhance their operations, officials said this week.

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Brighton bead store offers a place to unwind

When Andrea Taylor decided to open Bead Breakout LLC on Monroe Avenue in Brighton, she wanted it to be more than just a place where people came to shop. She wanted it to have a warm, comfortable atmosphere, to be ...

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SBC names Business Person of the Year finalists

Thirteen executives from 11 businesses are finalists for this year’s Business Person of the Year Award, presented by the Small Business Council of Rochester.

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New setting expands store’s rhythmic offerings


Ed Keegan, doing what he’s always done. Now he’s thinking about creating instruments. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) Bongos, congas and djembes line the walls of the recently reopened Rhythm Connect LLC. On Friday nights, visitors can find classes that combine ...

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Family store continues Italian food tradition


Mary and Anthony Lombardi own the business with brother John. Half the store is devoted to food—including 150 kinds of oil—and half to gifts and cookware. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) Family tradition is evident throughout the aisles and rows of ...

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Entrepreneur thinks he has the wind at his back


The EkoStinger saves six gallons of fuel every 500 miles, says Parr Wiegel, founder of StormBlok Systems Inc. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) A bit of serendipity and some diversification could mean the difference between a moderately successful small business and ...

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Firm hopes new deal uncorks surge of business

A locally developed flood insurance tool was rolled out nationally last week by the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents. The feature was created by Perinton insurance broker Evan Spindelman and four others who operate as Floodbroker.com LLC. It was ...

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Owner of marketing startup stays on message


Wayne Didas, left, is owner, president and CEO of Empire Digital Signs. With him are Chris Snelling, center, vice president of sales, and digital designer Kevin Kwasneski.. (Photo by Kimberly McKinzie) If a business or organization has a message it ...

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Two businesses prosper by sharing a location

Under one roof, Flower Power Decor and North 40 Photography Inc. have a symbiotic relationship. Both companies play a role in celebrating life’s special events, and in doing so they support each other. Flower Power Decor was started nearly a ...

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Printing firm strives for partnerships with customers

When Mark Laniak opted to try his hand at entrepreneurship, he learned fairly quickly that despite two decades of experience in the industry, he still had a lot to learn when it came to running a business. “When I ventured ...

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Designer makes homes, gardens serve their owners

There are many ways to uncover beauty every day. Through his business, Joseph Nardone, owner of Nardone Home and Garden, makes it a point to rediscover that splendor. “As a society, we all need a little help from time to ...

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Bricklaying robot may revolutionize masonry

Scott Peters is optimistic that his company will help bring automation to the construction industry.   Peters, 35, is vice president of engineering, owner and technical lead for Construction Robotics LLC of Victor. The company, which employs eight people, began ...

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Playing new position in career’s middle innings

Five years ago, as baseball’s professional players were packing their bags for spring training, Matthew Dryer was teaching youngsters to hit in the Rochester area. Dryer, then 28 years old, was coming off a 2008 season in which he hit ...

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