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Jan 12, 2018

Cancer inspires line of comfort products

Shari Hall Smith considers herself both a survivor and a thriver. And as a firm believer in the power of positive thinking, Smith is extending her healing energies to others through a new business. Smith’s story began more than a quarter of a century ago when she fought and survived a battle with breast cancer. […]

Jan 11, 2018

Manufacturing jobs go begging

Manufacturing has grown up. It may not be the sexiest career choice, but gone are the days when you came home from the factory floor covered in dirt and sweat, clamoring for a cold beer and a coffee table to put your feet on. With technological advances and an ever-increasing move toward automation, manufacturing looks nothing like it did just a few decades ago. Manufacturing i[...]

Jan 5, 2018

RIT develops cellular quality app

Students and professors at Rochester Institute of Technology have come up with a free mobile phone app that will allow you to determine the quality—speed and reliability—of your mobile phone signal at any location. For individual consumers of the four major carriers, the information provided by the RIT Cellular Metrics app could be useful for deciding on whether to switc[...]

Jan 5, 2018

Skills gap hobbles manufacturers

When James Kosowski’s best employee moved away this year he contemplated closing up shop. The staffer was irreplaceable, not only because of his experience and aptitude, but because the manufacturing sector’s growing skills gap has left the industry reeling. “Finding a replacement for him has been next to impossible,” said the owner of Ztek LLC, […]

Jan 4, 2018

Datto growing fast

The Lite-Brite wall hasn’t been installed yet. But there’s a cubicle that has been turned into a ball pit. And the kitchens are stocked with free snacks—cereal, pistachios, wasabi peas, granola bars and others—on each floor of Datto’s offices in The Metropolitan. Those features, colorful décor, and the multiple monitors on every desk, along with televisions screen[...]

Jan 4, 2018

For Red Wings, ‘garbage plate fever’ epidemic is thing of beauty

Nearly five months have passed since the celebration of the Nick Tahou’s garbage plate by the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field. Plates fever, however, lives on. The front-office brainstorm to rename their baseball team the Rochester Plates for a night—and the subsequent marketing of merchandise—is one of the most successful promotions in franchise history. […]

Dec 29, 2017

Geneva works on self-improvement

On the northern shores of Seneca Lake lies a small city that is at once bustling and quaint, its downtown thoroughfare lined with both trendy businesses and charming antiquities. The City of Geneva—situated in eastern Ontario County on the border of Seneca County—is in the midst of a renaissance, the catalyst of which is a city manager who has spent a decade working alon[...]

Dec 29, 2017

Unshackle Upstate 2018 agenda calls for easing restrictions on business

Unshackle Upstate is calling on state leaders to address more than 40 issues that affect Upstate New York businesses in the group’s 2018 Advocacy Agenda, released this month. “Upstate New York has assets other regions across the country would beg for. Our institutions of higher education, natural resources, skilled workforce, proximity to international markets and […]

Dec 28, 2017

Readers pick Lake Ontario flooding as the biggest local business story of 2017

The flooding that ravaged the coastline of Lake Ontario was the top local business story of 2017, according to a Rochester Business Journal survey of readers. The flooding began in April after three big rainstorms caused the lake level to rise to more than a foot and a half above normal. Many people blamed the flooding on the International Joint Commission’s Plan 2014, whi[...]

Dec 28, 2017

St. Ann’s Community’s robotic cat delights dementia patients

What brands come to mind when you think of medical technology? Bayer? Pfizer? Siemens Healthineers? Certainly you could go down the list and still never come up with Hasbro. The toy producer known for G.I. Joe and Transformers doesn’t scream medical ingenuity, and its newest line of robotic tabby cats, complete with flowing fur and […]

Dec 27, 2017

Whether leasing is a good deal on luxury cars depends on you

If you like the look of a luxury car but also love to drive a lot, then leasing might not be for you. If you like to be free of maintenance worries, and therefore always want to have a newish car, then buying might not be for you. If, like many of us, you can’t […]

Dec 22, 2017

Hood set to invest in upstate

Work is underway on a shuttered dairy plant in Genesee County, and when the new HP Hood LLC manufacturing facility opens in 2019, its benefit to the state is expected to top $334 million. Hood, a dairy company based in Lynnfield, Mass., announced this summer it had purchased the former Dairy Farmers of America plant […]