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She dives deep into social media to help her clients (access required)

Emily Hessney Lynch

Emily Hessney Lynch thought she wanted to be a teacher. During her undergraduate years she had the opportunity to student-teach while studying abroad, and she soon realized that teaching wasn’t the right fit. After graduating from the University of Rochester ...

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Sister team makes waves in world of business coaching, development (access required)

Leadership Logic President Jeanne Allen, 56, left with Vice President, Sarah Marche, 38, both of Pittsford.

As a corporate human resources executive with ties to many businesses in the local community, Jeanne Allen says she felt like the pied piper. Business owners called her left and right asking for guidance on how to do the right ...

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Maestro of event planning oversees two Rochester venues (access required)


Agathi Georgiou-Graham’s road to becoming a staple in the Rochester hospitality industry wasn’t one of glitz and glamour. In fact, she never planned on being an event planner and multi-venue owner. Rather, she realized in college that she had a ...

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He gives unwanted electronics a new purpose in life (access required)

Peter Bartula of Penfield is founder of Computer Systems Asset Disposal in Gates. (Kate Melton)

At first glance one might assume that Computer Systems Asset Disposal gets rid of old computers, but the company does much more than that. In fact, founder Peter Bartula is committed to leaving as small a carbon footprint as possible. ...

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Accomplished saleswoman makes her own way with training firm (access required)

Cindi Crowley

Cindi Crowley was as surprised as the person on the other end of the phone when she declined a lucrative job offer. The price was right, she got along well with management and it was a sensible move in her ...

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Young graphic designer stays ahead of the curve (access required)

Gino Broccolo

For Gino Broccolo, being original and innovative is not tantamount to neglecting his roots. Both are possible. The founder and sole member of the new Rochester graphic design firm, Ninety Two, has worked with the likes of Netflix, Google, Major ...

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Mendon runner devises Koala Clips to solve 21st century problem (access required)

Kristina Powell, 37, of Mendon is the Founder of Koala Clip LLC, a company that makes attachable pouches to carry phones and other accessories.

Kristina Powell has been an avid runner all her life. After having her two kids—now five and six—she felt it was important to carry her phone when she runs to stay connected in case of an emergency. But she couldn’t ...

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Laughing Gull proprietor takes chocolate to a new level (access required)

Partners of Laughing Gull Chocolates, from left, Allison Zukoski, 34, of Rochester, founder and chief chocolatier Lindsay Tarnoff, 35, of Rochester, and Karla Boyle, 28, of Henrietta.

“I’m going to save the world with chocolate.” That is the declaration that Lindsay Tarnoff, owner of Laughing Gull Chocolates, made in college, and the idea stuck. She grew up baking with her mother, her two sisters and her grandmother, ...

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Rochester woman finds fulfillment filling jobs (access required)

Amorette and Raheem Mille of Greece are the co-owners of ShiftDiff, a  local employment search engine.

Amorette Miller admits that ShiftDiff was born out of her frustration. A longtime labor and management worker, she found herself struggling to find a job. “I couldn’t find any positions that were actually vacant in Rochester on national (job seeking) ...

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Doctor finds way to spend more time with patients (access required)

Aaron Olden M.D.

Aaron Olden M.D. tragically lost his 34-year-old brother to an opioid overdose in 2017. Devastated, Olden found hope in his heartache and used it as a catalyst for his latest project. “My brother’s death made me rethink my professional goals ...

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Loyal customers help sustain collectibles store on Norris Drive (access required)

Ron Weinstein

Fun, funky and affordable. Those are the three words Ron Weinstein uses to describe his vintage store, Tupelo Interiors. Weinstein got his start in the antiques and collectibles business at a young age. Both his father and grandfather were local ...

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Integrated Systems finds success by adapting to changing tech scene (access required)

Mark Hamilton (Photo by Kate Melton)

Roughly one third of small businesses shut down within their first two years of business, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Fifty percent of businesses exit within their first five years. Integrated Systems has made it past the five-year mark ...

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Mindfulness at the center of woman’s journey to Peace and Pear (access required)

Christine Porter is the owner and founder of Peace and Pear

Sometimes it is the darkest time in one’s life that brings the most clarity. Christine Porter was going through a harrowing divorce when she challenged herself to 30 days of meditation. She was tired, anxious, stressed and felt ready to ...

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