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Brothers’ firm stays busy when customers hold on to their older vehicles

While some businesses in the automotive industry continue to sputter in a difficult economy, Brothers Collision & Mechanical is enjoying double-digit growth. The uptick is a result of consumers’ reluctance to spend big bucks on new vehicles, co-owner and partner ...

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Ex-Californians brought cuisine with them

  The owners of the recently opened Tala Vera restaurant are getting a feel for downtown Rochester, trying to increase awareness of their California-style Mexican eatery with plans to feature live music on weekends. "We’re still getting the word out," ...

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Veteran-Owned Businesses

The survey contacted veteran-owned businesses in Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties; ranked by number of local full-time employees.

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Greening America starts from the bottom up

Nearing retirement from her job as a hairstylist, Renee Kaplan knew she wanted to start some kind of business she could leave to her children but did not know exactly what. As she and a friend sat on her porch ...

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Optics entrepreneur hails from Silicon Valley

  Jonathan Howard believes he is in the right place to kick-start his optics and imaging company, RealView 3D LLC. "The optics capabilities here-from local companies to the universities-are perfect," says Howard, a California native who moved to the Rochester ...

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For water bottler, business is starting to flow

  By moving into new space this year, private-label water bottling company Naples Valley LLC is updating its production lines and doubling its production speed. At 60,000 square feet, the new space is a far cry from the company’s previous ...

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Firm helps clients lower postage costs, reduces work for Postal Service

DXO Communications capitalizes on free services. As a mail presort house and letter shop, the company makes a profit by offering customers volume-discounted postal rates they would not normally qualify for. Instead of paying 44 cents to mail a letter, ...

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Vital Energy momentum is building

A few years ago, Scott Baron found himself drinking too much coffee and soda and too many energy shots to stay alert during long days as a tax accountant. A healthy guy, he didn’t like how it made him feel. ...

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Creativity is the icing on the cake of new career

  If you need a cake in the shape of whatever your heart desires, Tina Bennett is your woman. "I will try anything," says Bennett, owner of the Vanilla Swirl Cakery in Fairport. A specialist in cake carving and decorating, ...

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For people on a bumpy ride, a guide

  To Tonya Dickerson, who grew up on East Main Street near the Auditorium Theatre, childhood determined the path to where she is today. "I’m a United Way baby. They paid for my day care," Dickerson says. "Just helping people ...

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Hahn Automotive co-leaders win SBC award

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Daniel Chessin and Eli Futerman, co-leaders of Hahn Automotive Warehouse Inc., have won the Small Business Council’s Business Person of the Year award. It was given to them during the 28th annual gala luncheon of the SBC, an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance Inc.

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Two hands on the wheel at Hahn Automotive

To know Eli Futerman and Daniel Chessin is to know Michael Futerman, the late founder of Hahn Automotive Warehouse Inc. The brothers-in-law share not only the company’s leadership but also a commitment to the legacy of the paternal icon. "If ...

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Website selling T-shirts and Halloween costumes yields runaway growth

  William Kingston, who launched Crazy Dog T-Shirts Inc. in 2004 during his senior year at Ithaca College and continued it from the basement of his mother’s home for two years, has built a million-dollar business since moving to North ...

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On Park Avenue, a dream come true

Kelly Witkowicz would rather wash a dog than serve a beer-any day. Before she opened Bark Avenue Dog with Jeanette Bourcy, Witkowicz, below right, worked for many years in the restaurant and bar business. She was good at it, but ...

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