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Oct 27, 2017

Legacy’s trainer-in-chief

Outwardly, little has changed in the 90 days since Watermark Retirement Communities acquired Rochester’s Legacy senior living facilities from Mark IV Enterprises Inc. “We simply inherited and are honoring all of the residency agreements, so from a residency perspective nothing’s changed,” said Watermark chief operating officer Rick Kamminga. “We’re still delivering [...]

Oct 27, 2017

Spectra at Sibley Square joins thriving downtown rental landscape

For the better part of two decades, all that remained of the landmark Sibley, Lindsay & Curr Co. building in downtown Rochester were memories and dust. Maybe more dust than memories, too. Plaster was crumbling off the walls. Windows on the 12-story tower along Franklin Street were broken. There were cobwebs. There was tattered tile. […]

Oct 26, 2017

Genesee’s Brewery of the Future

Inside the Genesee brewhouse, the warm scent of cereal grain rises in the air as automated machinery moans and groans, endlessly churning the sugary mash in massive, shining vessels, their stainless steel yet to be marred by a single scratch or ding. Workers sit patiently behind computer screens in a small, tucked-away office, controlling the […]

Oct 26, 2017

Anti-poverty group in for the long haul

Nearly 30,000 part-time workers in the Rochester region are living in poverty. One third of the city’s part-time and seasonal workers live in poverty, and 62 percent do not make self-sufficient wages. “These are people who are working but they’re working part time and they don’t make enough to get above the poverty level,” said […]

Oct 20, 2017

Companies rise from the ashes of fires, sometimes stronger

A couple of weeks ago, Erik Fellenz filled the vegetable washing machine on his farm in Phelps, Ontario County, turned it on and then stepped out of the building to get a bite to eat at his house nearby. Harvest season can play havoc with mealtimes. When Fellenz returned to the building where he both […]

Oct 20, 2017

Precautionary steps can lessen disaster impact

The best time to react to a business disaster like a fire is before the fire happens, say some business experts, but there are ways to minimize damage afterward, too. “One of the most common and first mitigation strategies people use is a financial,” meaning insurance, said Richard Kraude, assistant professor of management at the […]

Oct 20, 2017

Architects’ group stresses collaboration

If you’re of a certain generation, you may recall television’s Mike Brady reluctantly sitting at his drafting table drawing up a powder-puff shaped office building for a wealthy, female client. The Brady Bunch architect was loath to deviate from accepted practices, and unable to convince his client that he knew better than she did. And […]

Oct 13, 2017

RBJ shifts to digital first

The Rochester Business Journal is taking another exciting step forward in its digital transformation today: We are now a digital-first operation. The weekly print publication will continue to be packed with robust local business news, as it has been for the past 30 years. Now, however, those of you who prefer to get your news […]

Oct 13, 2017

City to expand bike sharing program after successful first season

As Rochester’s first season with bike sharing comes to a close, one thing has become abundantly clear: cyclists can’t seem to get enough of the new service. In an abbreviated season that began in late July and will end Oct. 31, the 340 bikes available to those living, visiting and working in Rochester were used […]

Oct 13, 2017

Startup gets help on way to clean energy breakthrough

What is the problem with many innovative technologies? Some never make it out of the lab. For a company like Dimensional Energy, aligning with NEXUS-NY—a clean energy accelerator—has helped its founders move out from the lab and on their way to the marketplace. NEXUS-NY is overseen by High Tech Rochester Inc. It was launched in […]

Oct 13, 2017

FDIC report: M&T continues to lead local market

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s annual Summary of Deposits shows that Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company (M&T) continues to lead the market, by a substantial margin. The report offers a snapshot look at the state of the market and shares broken up among 20 institutions. Out of those 20, only four held a market share […]

Oct 12, 2017

KeyBank appoints Kawanaza Humphrey to lead community benefits

As part of KeyBank’s ambitious community benefits plan, Kawanza Humphrey has been appointed corporate responsibility officer and will lead the way for implementation of community banking efforts. The plan, a $16.5 billion endeavor first unveiled in March 2016, constitutes 12 percent of the bank’s assets. The aim is to inject funds into underrepresented communities through […]