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Staffing agency founder keeps employees happy as she pushes for growth (access required)

Growth is a choice. As president and founder of Career Start Workforce Management Group, Lindsay McCutchen has chosen growth for her company. As of the end of May, Career Start’s revenue is up 52 percent compared to last year at ...

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Jason Barrett and the spirit(s) of Rochester (access required)

You’d be hard-pressed to find a story more “Rochesterian” than that of Black Button Distilling founder Jason Barrett. It’s a story of industrialism, perseverance, proud family legacies and forging one’s own path. Barrett’s story, or at least his family’s, begins ...

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Z-Axis owner succeeds through focus on customers, employees (access required)

Michael Allen says it’s easy to buy a company. “You convince the seller that he’s going to hold a note for 10 percent. You convince the county that they’ll come in for 5 percent. You convince the SBA to provide ...

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Tom Matthews leaves a legacy of leadership at SUNY Geneseo (access required)

Thirty-eight thousand. That’s a conservative estimate of how many workshops in leadership that SUNY Geneseo students have taken under Tom Matthews’ direction. The founder of the Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development program, or GOLD, Matthews knows that number because he ...

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Bridge to success: CPL president stresses collaboration at work (access required)

You had to figure Dan Duprey Jr. was going places based on how quickly he was taking charge of the job site with his first employer. Fresh out of college and armed with a degree in civil engineering from Tri-State ...

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ACT Rochester leader Ann Johnson takes an analytical approach (access required)

Ann Johnson’s experience has shown her there are two factors crucial to getting others to make a decision. For Johnson, a position built on a foundation of solid data, coupled with persistence, is key to change. “Throughout my career I’ve ...

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Kim Condon gives strength to the fragile at Daystar (access required)

Kim Condon is not afraid to pick up garbage, wipe down a trash can or mop a floor at the agency she heads. Nor is she afraid to shed a tear or two when asked about the children and families ...

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Jay Advertising co-founder the music man behind HBO, Wegmans

Ask Ferdinand Jay Smith III to sit down at a piano and play a song and you’ll hear silence. An Eastman School of Music graduate he is not. But ask him to compose the music for a television series or ...

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Dave Fuehrer helps people with cancer, inspired by his own journey (access required)

  There’s a warmth that’s readily apparent with Dave Fuehrer. His smile is infectious, his interest in you genuine and his sympathy obvious for the people who make his company possible. And for good reason. To him, GRYT Health is ...

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Glass sculptor Elizabeth Lyons burnishes an international reputation (access required)

  Elizabeth Lyons talks about her career in art as if it were a single-minded pursuit. The glass sculptor, reflecting on her early training — a degree in sculpture from Alfred University, said, “We weren’t thinking about working for a ...

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A practiced leader and technology enthusiast oversees growth at Ambrell (access required)

Tony Mazzullo has pretty much done it all. He’s founded companies, merged companies and sold companies. He’s run private companies and public companies, and had the unique opportunity to take one public company private. “Every day is an adventure,” says ...

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At Luminate, Sujatha Ramanujan guides startups to growth (access required)

Rochester is a city of technological prowess. Approach any building on nearly any street in the metro area and you’re bound to come across someone picking away at something, be they a fledgling garage startup with a good idea and ...

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Jocelyn Goldberg-Schaible brings insight to research group (access required)

  For Jocelyn Goldberg-Schaible, when it comes to her company, bigger doesn’t mean better. “Better is better,” she believes. So when she founded Rochester Research Group some 33 years ago, she was intent on providing not simply statistics but comprehensive ...

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