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Jul 24, 2018

Catertrax grows following acquisition

Village Gate-based Catertrax has been making some major moves following the acquisition of the company by the Volaris Group in November. Catertrax, originally founded as Hospitality 101 in 2000, develops software specifically for catering services designed to streamline and consolidate operations. These include products for managing take-out orders to the TRAX Platform, which runs all […]

Feb 15, 2018

UR students continue to call for change

On a frigid January afternoon, the winds whip through the crossroads of the University of Rochester’s Wilson Commons. On the steps leading into the campus center, alumna Jenna Register clutches a megaphone. “We now know their moral compass—do they align with ours?” She said to the modest crowd of 40 bundled up below. “If you […]

Feb 2, 2018

Batavia moves on many fronts to revitalize

The City of Batavia is proof that the old adage, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again,” has merit. And, in Batavia’s case, a value of $10 million. In 2016, Batavia was unsuccessful in its first proposal for consideration in the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, or DRI. The following year, Batavia officials took […]

Feb 2, 2018

Renovated Sanctuary House enhances a valuable service

A teddy bear dressed in a tutu sits on a windowsill, waiting there to welcome a little girl who one day soon will occupy the room. The room is one of many at Sanctuary House, an emergency shelter for women and children that recently underwent substantial renovations in order to increase the number of people […]

Feb 1, 2018

Book documents collaboration between academics and Beechwood neighborhood

In a neighborhood that is 63 percent African-American, none of the 94 corner stores were owned or operated by an African-American living in the northeast Rochester neighborhood. Until the Freedom Market arrived in 2013, that is. The store on Webster Avenue, supported by both owner North East Area Development Inc. (NEAD) and foundation grants, is part […]

Jan 29, 2018

What could legal weed mean for NY?

Quietly filed and awaiting review in the New York Senate Finance Committee sits S3040A, known more commonly as the “Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act” (MRTA), a bill that aims to make recreational marijuana legal for adults in New York State. It’s nothing new, of course; similar versions of the MRTA have made their way to […]

Jan 25, 2018

Business confidence problematic in area, survey shows

Although confidence among Rochester’s business leaders is up this year over last, it remains below the breakeven point, and CEOs across the rest of upstate are feeling more optimistic than those here, an annual report from the Siena College Research Institute (SRI) shows. The RBJ-Siena Business Leader Survey, a component of the SRI Upstate New […]

Jan 19, 2018

Looking inward to fight racism in Rochester

It is a harsh reality to acknowledge that the specter of racism still permeates every layer of society—from employment, to neighborhoods to the health of communities. Although discrimination is no longer legal, oppression, segregation and unequal opportunities still haunt American society. St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, through its Structural Racism Initiative, or SR[...]

Jan 19, 2018

Brady brings vision of growth to Rochester Young Professionals

Since Rochester Young Professionals’ inception in 2003, the organization has connected thousands of YPs in the area. RYP hosts local events for members centered on relaying information, socializing and/or volunteering. Through social events, professional development, community development, volunteering and sports and outdoor recreation, RYP serves to help young adults network[...]

Jan 18, 2018

Christ for Kids Ministries raises up the down-and-out

Tiana Goodwine fell through the cracks. Kicked out of her house at the age of 13, Goodwine was sent to live with her godfather’s mother in what she calls “the ‘hood.” The woman caring for her did the best she could but it wasn’t enough for a child who needed decent clothing, nutritional food, school […]

Jan 18, 2018

Farmers told hiring foreign workers is a complicated process

After most of a day hearing about federal, state and municipal laws governing the hiring of foreign workers, Barbara Bauman of Webster felt she learned enough to start asking more questions of the appropriate agencies. Barbara and Daniel Bauman attended the Becker Forum in Liverpool this week, a full-day forum on current agricultural topics held […]

Jan 17, 2018

Cause + Effect turns data into results for clients

When John Loury and Mike Sutton moved back from Buffalo to start their own analytics company, they had a business concept and an implementation strategy, but not much else for their enterprise. They didn’t even have desks. They’ve come a long way in three years, however. On Jan. 12 they celebrated their third anniversary at […]