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M&T Bank reclaimed its long-held top spot among local financial institutions with 7(a) loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration. A year ago, First Niagara Bank had a larger dollar amount in loans in Rochester but fewer in number ...

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Rochester jobless rate declines slightly in September

Rochester’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in September—a slight decline from 4.8 percent in September 2015, and 27th-lowest among the nation’s 51 metropolitan areas with populations of 1 million or more—according to the latest Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment figures, ...

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Rochester Chamber Top 100: School projects key driver for firm’s growth

Working hard and creating a reputation for excellence has helped drive growth at SEI Design Group Architects Inc., its leaders said. “We’ve been successful in increasing our primary markets and market share since our inception,” said Victor Tomaselli, a senior ...

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RBJ sports columnist wins award

Scott Pitoniak, sports columnist for the Rochester Business Journal, has earned first-place honors in the Professional Football Writers Association of America’s 2016 Dick Connor Writing Contest.

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Candidates spend in final push of campaigns

The sole countywide position in this year’s election, Monroe County clerk, has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars in spending so far, heading into the final week before the Nov. 8 election. Variations in how the two candidates report their ...

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Pioneer couple On Sunday in San Francisco, a Rochester native was inducted posthumously into the National Sailing Hall of Fame along with her husband. Electa Johnson, known as “Exy,” and her husband, Irving, were sail training pioneers who circumnavigated the ...

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New Xerox plans simplified structure

Designing more efficient products while simplifying its organizational structure are key goals at Xerox Corp. as the company prepares to split into two publicly traded companies by year-end. Company leaders—current and future—spoke about the changing Xerox last week during a ...

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Company makes first aid kits interactive

Minutes are critical in emergencies, and bystanders can mean the difference between life and death for someone awaiting the arrival of emergency responders. That is the premise behind the development of Mobilize Rescue Systems, an interactive emergency medical kit designed ...

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Interactive cellphone apps propel company

On target for double-digit growth this year, OnCell Systems Inc. is looking to expand its global reach and add staffers to its headquarters here. It is anticipated to grow more than 20 percent this year and expects 25 percent growth ...

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New York Photonics honors four for their contributions

New York Photonics honored three leaders in education and business, and a United States senator, for their contributions to New York’s Optics and Photonics Industry. New York Photonics executive director Tom Battley presented the awards in front of more than ...

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Economists present views at Simon event

Advice for policymakers overseeing the nation’s economy came in the form of a medical metaphor at the Simon Business School’s 37th annual economic outlook on Wednesday morning at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. Narayana Kocherlakota, former president of the Federal Reserve ...

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Novelist doc builds catalog, fan following

With four published books under his belt and a fifth nearly done, gastroenterologist John Avanzato M.D. sees himself as well on his way to achieving his long held ambition: retiring from medicine to become a full-time novelist. A tireless promoter ...

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Finalists selected for 2017 Athena Award

The Women’s Council, a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate, last week announced the finalists chosen for the Athena Award and Athena Young Professional Award.   The 2017 Athena Award finalists are:  Elizabeth Arthur, owner, Helendale Dermatology and Medical Spa and ...

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Haunted or just old? Upstate New York is a very scary place, at least according to one ranking. Nope, the ranking does not come from the Tax Foundation, which recently declared New York the second-worst tax climate for businesses in ...

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