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Gaining wisdom through a taste of the real world

At 20, Lori Van Dusen had to come to grips with the fact that she would not have a career as a singer. She realized that performing would require more ability, and she did not plan to teach music.   ...

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An Era of Growth

The 27th Rochester Top 100 luncheon is expected to be the last for Sandra Parker as president and CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance Inc., an organization she has led since January 2005. She previously was president and chief operating ...

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They’re No. 1

The top spot on the 2013 Rochester Top 100 goes to Ironwood Heavy Highway LLC (Terry Tree Service LLC). The companies shot to the top this year after not appearing on the list of the region’s fastest-growing private companies in ...

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Growth Divine For These Nine

Nine companies that appear on the 2013 Rochester Top 100 also appeared on the first lists, published in 1987 or 1988:   Bob Johnson Chevrolet ranked No. 21 in 1987 and is No. 11 on the 2013 list. It has ...

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Staying On Top Is Tough

Sustainable growth is an environmentalist watchword, but the concept can apply equally to businesses.   Businesses must keep growing to survive. But they also need to manage growth, making sure not to get bigger or grow faster than they can ...

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Home Sweet Home

Reuniting Michael Haymes and Jeffrey Hoffman with Thomas Schnorr has paid off for Re/Max Realty Group.   Less than two years ago, Schnorr merged his firm, Re/Max First, with Re/Max Realty Group, led by Haymes and Hoffman, in a move ...

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Top 100–A Bigger Bang

The Rochester Top 100 companies are getting bigger.   By almost every measure, the group of 100 fastest-growing private companies in the Rochester area has played a larger role in the local economy this year. Gross collective revenues are up, ...

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Mapping The Top 100

These fast-growing firms are located across the Rochester region The companies that made this year’s Rochester Top 100 list are based throughout the Rochester region, but in certain sectors firms congregate in specific areas.   Mapping of the region’s fastest-growing ...

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Built For Growth

When businesses across the country felt the weight of the economic recession, Manning Squires Hennig Co. Inc. was unfazed.   The Batavia, Genesee County, construction firm merely shifted its focus.   "We didn’t get hurt too badly," said Gary Squires, ...

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Big Risks, Big Rewards

Some three years ago, LSI Solutions Inc. took a gamble on the cardiac surgery market that put the medical device company on a growth trajectory.   "It’s a riskier market and we took more risks to be there, and there’s ...

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Execs Impart Lessons

Set careful goals. Surround yourself with a superior management team. Listen to your customers.   The executives on this year’s Top 100 list have a lot of wisdom to impart to the next generation of business leaders. When asked by ...

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A Tribute to the Top 100

How do you take the measure of the local economy? Truth be told, there’s no single way to do it. The spectrum of business activity here is too broad, too diverse.   But that doesn’t mean we lack reliable indicators ...

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KEEPING THE BEAT

ICardiac Technologies Inc. wants to ensure it holds onto its scientific advantage in the years to come.   "We have been actually working for quite a while on the next generation of research to help us assess cardiac safety liabilities ...

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BULLISH ON THE FUTURE

Robert Jackson sees automation as a key in his firm’s growth plans.   "Robotic welding and laser cutting help reduce the cost in production," said Jackson, president and CEO of Jackson Welding Supply Co. Inc., which does business as Jackson ...

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THE PATH TO THE TOP

First timers on the Top 100 list of fastest-growing privately held businesses credit strong customer support and dedicated staffers for driving unprecedented growth in the face of a sluggish economy.   Five of these firms gained and retained customers and, ...

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