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Double-digit growth, but still that family feel

Salvatore LaBella and Sergio Esteban were born and raised thousands of miles apart, but their teamwork created a business that will long outlast them—and that’s just the way the longtime partners at LaBella Associates P.C. want it. LaBella grew up ...

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From war orphan to altruistic entrepreneur

A shrewd businessman and investor. A fair and honest boss. A lackluster golfer with a weakness for doughnuts. That is how relatives and associates remember William Konar, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who established one of the first U.S. chains of ...

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Firms find working with JA highly rewarding

Three companies share what it’s like to work with Junior Achievement students and why they take the time and effort to volunteer: ACC Business J.D. Baker, president and CEO, ACC Business, and chairman, JA Rochester’s board of directors Every year, ...

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At Spectrum, he found new ways to stand out

When Roger Friedlander and his friend, the late Henry Epstein, worked at the Rochester Stationery Co. nearly six decades ago, they spent hours talking about how the business could be improved, made more efficient and turn a profit. In 1960, ...

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Generations of support for the community

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Zweigle’s Inc. is the very definition of family business: Started by Wilhelm and Josephine Zweigle back in 1880, Zweigle’s is now led by great-great-granddaughter Julie Camardo-Steron. “I’m very proud to continue the legacy,” the company president says. “I think that’s ...

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Small-town values are finding a way in

Upstate Door Inc.’s custom-made hardwood doors can be found gracing the entrances of high-end residential and commercial clients throughout the Northeast. Founded in 2001 by president and owner Robert Fontaine, the company mainly serves high- net-worth markets in Nantucket, Mass.; ...

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Making an impact with high-tech imaging

Being precise is all in a day’s work for Sydor Technologies LLC. The company’s high-speed imaging equipment is capable of taking a picture in less than a billionth of a second and extracting data from any impact or high-energy event: ...

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Driving her efforts into customer service

Traci Adolph says she learned the basics of leadership from her mother.  “She was by far one of the smartest and toughest women I have ever known,” says the president of Samson Fuel & Trucking. “She was successful and rallied ...

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Small businesses keep Rochester resilient

Paul Kaiser believes in Rochester. He calls the city “amazing,” pointing to the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation that gives Rochester an uncommon resilience. Kaiser, president of the Small Business Council of Rochester, also has a deep understanding of the ...

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Teamwork a source of pride for business

Specializing in accounting, finance and information technology, ProNexus LLC provides a wide range of management consulting and professional services to its clients. “We mean a lot of different things to different clients,” says Robert Pickering, co-founder and senior executive vice ...

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Strong culture serves as basis for success

Todd Zyra, president and CEO of Klein Steel Service Inc., began his professional career serving in the Marine Corps, where he learned the fundamentals of teamwork, talent and leadership. “At Klein Steel, we’re passionate about having a strong culture that ...

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Reaching out to the rural market was the key

Finger Lakes Technologies Group Inc. found its niche serving rural America. “Anybody can go into Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo, but nobody seems to want to go into Geneva, Seneca Falls, Honeoye, Elmira or Binghamton,” says Paul Griswold, president and CEO. ...

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A breath of fresh air to her community

Breathe Yoga and Juice Bar Inc. has expanded far beyond owner Cyndi Weis’ expectations when she opened her business in 2002. She had the idea of bringing something a little different to her community, and she followed her passion for ...

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Helping their clients help everyone else

Helping clients train better through e-learning, CypherWorx Inc. offers programs from instructional design to learning management systems. Clients develop and use CypherWorx content to train employees in various industries, including education, child care, construction and emergency services. President and CEO ...

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