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Suit comes amid background check questions

A recently filed lawsuit that takes Weg-mans Food Markets Inc. to task for allegedly failing to properly alert job seekers that a third-party service would run a background check on them comes amid questions over the accuracy of information provided ...

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ROCHESTERCHAMBERtop100-Culture, training are key for real estate firm

Charles Hilbert has a laser focus on growth when it comes to his real estate business. Among the keys to achieving success are having good people and creating a culture where they can thrive on the job, he said. “It’s ...

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The Loop

A smart city The Intelligent Community Forum, a global network of cities and regions with a think tank at its center, this week featured Rochester and Prospect, South Australia. The featuring of these two communities from its SMART21 Community of ...

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ROCHESTERCHAMBERtop100-Preparation and speed key to firm’s success

The strong dollar and the expense of a new and customized website took a bite out of its bottom line in 2016, but President Fritz Ruebeck said his company, Classic Automation LLC, continues to grow. The company sells and repairs ...

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Truth Collective gets new office, eyes growth

By KERRY FELTNER Super Bowl ads, a new location and a fourth anniversary are on the minds of the leaders of Truth Collective LLC as 2017 gets underway. The agency employs 14 people and expects to add a handful this ...

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Casa Larga to offer larger tasting room

Casa Larga Vineyards Inc. in Perinton has a new look, expanded tasting room and plans for a cafe. Through the changes, the family-run winery and event facility has no plans to change its focus from making wine and serving it ...

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Jay Birnbaum was well-known in real estate

Those closest to Jay Birnbaum described him as a no-nonsense businessman with a big heart and love for helping others. “He was a teacher at heart,” said his son, Bernard Birnbaum. “He loved to teach and help people.” Jay Birnbaum, ...

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SunCommon NY plans to add jobs, revenues

The rebranding of Sustainable Energy Developments Inc. through a partnership with Vermont-based SunCommon kicks off 2017 with the promise of growth that could be triple what the Ontario, Wayne County, renewable energy company saw in 2016. “SED grew 450 percent ...

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ROCHESTERCHAMBERtop100-This company puts its efforts on display

A Rochester area company has focused on how its clients can make first impressions while simultaneously creating its own lasting impact in the region. The Presentation Source Inc. provides audiovisual systems and support to its customers. The firm helps companies ...

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Geneva colleges’ impact tops $269 million

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are a significant economic driver, with a total economic impact of more than $269 million, an increase of $25 million since 2013, a recent analysis by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities shows. The ...

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The Loop

Mowing Fenway Park Whether you are a Boston Red Sox fan or really, really excited to get back to mowing your lawn, an upcoming event might be just the spot for you on a winter day. The 2017 Plant gflx ...

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Wiley McKinzie helped shape path of RIT

One of Rochester Institute of Technology’s most distinguished faculty members, Professor Emeritus Wiley McKinzie, died Jan. 17 at the age of 81. He played a key part in the adoption of computing technology at RIT and helped create the B. ...

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New Pike president eyes growth for company in 2017

The new president of Pike Co. Inc. expects the firm to see growth this year from a variety of sectors, including health care and hospitality. Its current projects include serving as general contractor on a roughly $75 million jail in ...

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Program aims to grow pool of qualified firms

Jennifer Allison, the new owner of Rochester Research Associates LLC, made important business contacts. Clyde Williams, president and owner of Home Guard Environmental Services Inc., learned how a general contractor reviews bids submitted by subcontractors like himself. Both hope those ...

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Schools modernization program in Phase 2

The Rochester Schools Modernization Program is a four-phase project currently in Phase 2. Phase 1 involved work at 11 schools with the state Assembly authorizing spending of $325 million. Phase 2 covers 13 schools with authorized spending of $435 million. ...

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