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Willing to risk it all

Founding Lenel Systems was not Elena and Rudy Prokupets’ biggest gamble Given their start in America as political refugees from the Soviet Union, running a startup company may not have been the biggest challenge of their lives.   But turning ...

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Stories of an era

A chronicle of top local business news since 1987 1987 Rochester’s business community praised the new U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement. In 1986, more than 60 percent of Rochester’s $5.7 billion in exports went to Canada.   The Black Monday stock ...

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Home care innovator

Louise Woerner’s entrepreneurial spirit fueled HCR’s growth Had Louise Woerner not had her appendix taken out, she might never have launched HCR Home Care.   She was single and living alone in Washington, D.C., when she had emergency surgery. Spending ...

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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?

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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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