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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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A recipe that works

LiDestri Foods continues the growth that began at a kitchen table The idea for LiDestri Foods Inc. was cooked up in a young man’s family kitchen on Rochester’s northwest side during the Great Depression.   Today, the Fairport-based business boasts ...

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Looking toward 2037

The business community views the next 25 years with optimism, resolve The past 25 years have tested the Rochester-area economy. Relentless downsizing by the area’s largest employers, a tax burden that year after year ranks among the heaviest nationwide, the ...

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A strategy built on strength

Under Albert Simone, RIT doubled its budget and boosted enrollment When Albert Simone took over as eighth president of Rochester Institute of Technology in 1992, the institution was experiencing dropping enrollment and had no strategy for reversing that trend.   ...

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Homegrown real estate moguls

The Leenhouts twins built Home Properties, now pursue other ventures Asked to assess their business accomplishments-as a team and as individuals-over the last 45 years, twins Nelson and Norman Leenhouts echo each another.   "I feel we’ve been very blessed," ...

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Bursting the academic bubble

Community integration is a hallmark of Joel Seligman’s leadership at UR   Joel Seligman leads a top research university, one that plays an outsized role in bringing research dollars to the Rochester region. But he sees his responsibilities as extending ...

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The fall of an icon

Kodak’s descent into bankruptcy was the era’s top business story In 1982, Eastman Kodak Co.’s local employment peaked at 60,400. A city with that population today would rank as the 11th-largest in New York.   Kodak now has fewer than ...

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A fourth-generation business that keeps growing

What does a family business mean? To Raymond Isaac, president of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., it means two different things. "Sure we’re a family business," Isaac said. "After 67 years, we now have a fourth generation in the ...

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A strategy based on sharing their entrepreneurial spirit

A lot of companies talk about putting employees first. Susan Butler and Tracy Till, CEOs of Butler/Till Media Services Inc., took that to a new level. "One of the things we’re most proud of right now is our decision, as ...

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When business opportunity called, he answered

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 engineered-systems distributor for low-voltage electronic systems, including fire detection, ...

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Moving technology from campus to the marketplace

Transferring technology from where it is conceived in academia to where it can change lives in everyday use is a challenge. ICardiac Technologies Inc. is up for it. "ICardiac is in a very exciting space," said Chairman and CEO Mikael ...

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Building success by making personal connections

Early in his company’s history, a consultant was invited in to talk about corporate culture. John Nichols was ready to hear the message. "The fact that a business is people, and not just an organization in pursuit of profit, changed ...

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Two decades of growth resulting from innovation

They often say that if you want something done right, you should do it yourself. That is what Erick Bond Sr. did 20 years when he created Bond Financial Network Inc., an employee benefit consulting firm in Pittsford. "I got ...

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Contents: Rochester’s Business Person of the Year

Since 1983, the Small Business Council, an affiliate of the Rochester Business Alliance Inc., has presented an annual award spotlighting exemplary business leadership and community involvement in Rochester and Monroe County. In 2011, the SBC established two award categories: small ...

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