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A fertile environment

Young business leaders cite the diverse benefits of putting down roots here Over the next couple of decades, Liz Brenna sees her company, Socially Good Business, becoming a leader in the values-driven business movement.   Brenna started her business this ...

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He made the right calls

Discipline helped Arunas Chesonis’ Paetec thrive where many others failed As founder, chairman and CEO of Paetec Holding Corp., Arunas Chesonis was one of just a few entrepreneurs who got in early as the U.S. telecommunications industry took off in ...

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Nourished by values

Robert and Danny Wegman focused on customer service and innovation Over more than five decades of running his family-owned supermarket chain, Robert Wegman established unparalleled levels of business success, customer service and employee loyalty. That tradition of excellence-continued by son ...

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Tradition of generosity

Thomas Golisano, Philip Saunders and many others have chosen to give back Rochester’s business leaders and entrepreneurs have a long and rich history of philanthropy. Over the last 25 years, that tradition has been nurtured by people named Golisano, Saunders, ...

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A grand vision realized

Howard Berman and David Klein transformed Rochester’s leading health insurer When Howard Berman started as president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of the Rochester Area in 1985, the Blues were the Rochester area’s dominant health insurer.   When Berman retired ...

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A pioneer in business services

Dilip Vellodi’s Sutherland Global Services employs 30,000 in 10 countries   In his 26 years at the helm, CEO Dilip Vellodi has transformed a startup with 12 employees into a global leader in the business process outsourcing industry.   Sutherland ...

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Staying in high gear

Monro Muffler has melded customer convenience, operating efficiency In the half century since its founding, Monro Muffler Brake Inc. has grown from a single Midas Muffler franchise to an undercar repair and tire service company with 860 stores in 20 ...

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Rochester 2037 poll: What will downtown look like?

midtownrising

What will downtown Rochester look like 25 years from now? The following are responses to a special Rochester Business Journal 25th Anniversary poll: Very challenging to recycle existing stock of existing buildings. Residential base will keep growing. Some retail will ...

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Education economy

UR and RIT lead a sector whose importance continues to grow The University of Rochester and Rochester Institute of Technology collectively employ nearly 27,000 people and generate a total economic impact exceeding $3 billion.   But the full contributions of ...

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Second chance at Midtown

After decades of decay, the plaza’s demolition brings new hope The years-long question of what to do with the largely abandoned Midtown Plaza was answered in October 2007 when then-Gov. Eliot Spitzer came to Rochester to announce more than $50 ...

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Rochester 2037 poll: What will we be known for?

What will Rochester be known for 25 years from now? The following are responses to a special Rochester Business Journal 25th Anniversary poll: Not sure. But I am sure that tremendous amounts of talent are being unleashed from Kodak, Xerox ...

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Innovation acceleration

As global trends spur change, education and entrepreneurship are seen as key The next two decades have the potential to produce significant innovation in Rochester. But experts agree that a changing global playing field poses challenges.   The last 25 ...

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Investment risk redefined

Discipline has been Manning & Napier’s trademark approach The growth of Manning & Napier Inc. into the second-largest money management firm and the 17th-largest employer in the Rochester market is a reflection of co-founder William Manning.   Its assets under ...

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Rochester 2037 poll: The biggest challenge

What is the biggest challenge this region is likely to face over the next 25 years? The following are responses to a special Rochester Business Journal 25th Anniversary poll: In the next 25 years, Rochester will need to sustain and ...

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Sustained by small business

Hiring at small and midsize firms signals a more diverse local economy Ken Corpus spent more than a decade looking for a job after being laid off from Xerox Corp.   "I was still actively seeking a full-time engineering position," ...

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