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For the past three decades, the Small Business Council has presented an annual award spotlighting exemplary business leadership and community involvement in Rochester and Monroe County. In 2011, the Rochester Business Alliance Inc. affiliate established two award categories: small firm ...

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In a difficult economy, an optimistic outlook

Timothy Mason is a glass-half-full guy, and he believes all entrepreneurs share that optimistic frame of mind. Yet Mason, president of the Small Business Council of Rochester, is clear-eyed about the challenges small firms here face. As president and CEO ...

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Seizing the chance to become an entrepreneur

  Michael West started West Fire Systems Inc. in his three-season back porch in December 1987. His first piece of office equipment was a space heater.   Today West Fire is a successful distributor for low-voltage electronic systems, including fire ...

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A team approach is at the heart of their success

  NimbleUser understands the value of teamwork. As a company that develops software for professional and trade associations, its clients are groups of dedicated professionals.   "Over the years NimbleUser has valued being humble," said Dawn VanDamme, president and CEO. ...

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Easing others’ pain has been his company’s gain

If you ask Brian Reh what Gorbel Inc. does, he tells you to just walk into a factory and look up. You’re bound to see its name.   "Gorbel is a manufacturer on the surface. Under the hood, we are ...

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An ability to manage his business close to the edge

William Pollock likes to say, "Failure is never final." He’s the CEO of two companies that have proved it.   Pollock says his team at Optimation earned a Ph.D. in mergers and acquisitions by merging with a publicly traded company ...

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Their company streamlines the continuity of care

As health care goes electronic and patient information becomes easier to store, find and use, a lot of work still must be done to improve communication during the transition of care from one provider to another. That work is being ...

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A believer in the power of mentors and partnerships

  Thomas Ioele wasted no time moving from college to career. One day after graduating from SUNY College at Potsdam with a degree in industrial labor relations in May 1985, he joined his father at their new company, Extra Help ...

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Success is built with strong customer relationships

  Robert Healy believes in hiring smart, high-energy professionals and empowering them to do what they are good at. It seems to be working for him as president of LaBella Associates P.C.   Healy graduated from Syracuse University in 1981, ...

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His business is much more than a collection agency

Mark Davitt is not comfortable being singled out for the success of his company. He says there are a lot of people to be recognized.   "The Apollo 11 mission was a watershed event for me," Davitt said. "The thing ...

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Rochester Business Ethics Award finalists are profiled

D4 LLC Ethics is crucial at D4 LLC, which provides electronic discovery, computer forensics and litigation support services to Am Law 200 firms and Fortune 1000 companies.   "The nature of our business is that we have to be sensitive ...

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PGA Championship: A host of major moments

Through the decades, Oak Hill Country Club has established itself as Rochester’s crown jewel of sports venues-the Flower City’s version of Fenway Park, Lambeau Field and Augusta National. And the 10 major tournaments it has hosted are a major reason ...

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PGA Championship: Key players to watch at Oak Hill

Who will claim the Wanamaker Trophy at Oak Hill Country Club in August-one of the world’s top-ranked players or a competitor who, like Rich Beem or Shaun Micheel, will emerge from obscurity to take the prize? The answer will come ...

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PGA Championship: Oak Hill Country Club holes

HOLE 1            Par 4 – 460 yards For the PGA Championship in 2003, the opening hole was lengthened by 20 to 30 yards by moving the tee back so it shares the teeing area with the 14th hole-making what Ben ...

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PGA Championship: In a class with few others

In a local newspaper poll conducted in the early 1990s, readers selected Jeff Sluman as the greatest golfer in Rochester history.   Walter Hagen finished a distant second.   The random voting reflected the popularity of Sluman, who at the ...

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