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How the local economy has grown in tough times

Jeffrey Clark does not minimize the difficulties Rochester’s small businesses face in an economic environment clouded by uncertainty. But Clark, president of the Small Business Council of Rochester, thinks the Rochester region and its broad base of small firms are ...

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The payback for a principles-based business

David Pastore learned a lot of what he needed to know about making Upstate Roofing and Painting Inc. a success from his mom and dad. "Their five guiding principles are the foundation we built our success on," he said. "The ...

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Measuring success by his customers’ growth, prosperity

The owner and manager of Spex Precision Machine Technologies believe so much in exceptional customer service that they chose not to have any customer service representatives. What they have is a front-line management team. "All of our front-line managers, myself ...

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For founders of Clover Capital, redemption

When Michael Jones and Geoffrey Rosenberger started Clover Capital Management, they knew how far they could push each other before backing off.   The co-founders started their investment management business in 1984 after working in adjacent offices for five years ...

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Preparing future leaders, Rochester-style

People who have helped to shape the Rochester region as business owners and innovators once again will be recognized with induction into the Rochester Business Hall of Fame.   The Hall of Fame is a joint initiative of Junior Achievement ...

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They forged ahead during a rough economy

By MEGAN GOLDSCHMIDT John Purcell and Frank Chiaino had just started Fibertech, a metro area fiber-optics company, when the stock market crashed in 2001 and the Internet bubble burst.   "We no sooner got funded and under way when the ...

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To Berkeley, global was the only way to go

Frederick Berkeley III led a small Batavia-based company into markets in Latin America and Asia. He didn’t create Graham Corp. and wasn’t its most recent leader, but he made a great impact by taking the company global while keeping jobs ...

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Company need reviving? He’s the go-to guy

Richard Kaplan, president and CEO of Torvec Inc., always knew he would be the chief executive of multiple companies. "My goal was to go into business as far back as I can remember; it always excited me. I’m a true ...

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RMSC: Celebrating a century as regional reservoir

Before the planetarium, before the hands-on exhibits and dinosaurs and charter school, there was the ox yoke.   A relic from the region’s agrarian roots, it was the first item in the collection of the Rochester Municipal Museum. When the ...

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Rochester Museum & Science Center: Making history

1881: Rochester Academy of Science formed 1887: Rochester Historical Society formed 1908: First Rochester Industrial Exposition September 1912: Rochester Municipal Museum opens its doors in Exposition Hall, now Edgerton Park; Edward Putnam is appointed curator 1924: Putnam dies suddenly; Arthur ...

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Building for its future, RMSC reveals plans

The Rochester Museum & Science Center has been a leading community cultural and educational force since opening its doors in 1912, periodically tweaking its focus over the years to keep up with the times.   Now, as the East Avenue ...

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Rochester Museum & Science Center: Facts & figures

1.2 million+: Items in museum’s collection 2: Mastodons in collection 748: Volunteers (2011) 143,969: Schoolchildren who visited with classes (2011) 900: Acres in Cumming Nature Center 51,521: Visitors in 1914 73,000: Visitors who saw "Our Body: The Universe Within" (2007) ...

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RMSC: From mastodons to jewelry, historic treasures

Over the last century, the Rochester Museum & Science Center has amassed a collection of 1.2 million objects that tell the story of life in a nine-county region. The history of nature, culture and technology here dominates, but there also ...

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Taylors considered the customer as firm grew

By SHEILA LIVADAS New Hampshire native George Taylor first made his mark on Rochester’s business world in 1851, when he started a one-room business on Exchange Street to manufacture thermometers and barometers at age 19.   Taylor, the son of ...

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Building Rochester with instincts, hard work

2001 John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb, who co-founded global eye-care leader Bausch & Lomb Inc.; Chester Carlson, whose revolutionary invention launched Xerox Corp.; George Eastman, who built Eastman Kodak Co., one of the most recognizable brands in the world; ...

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