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Rochester does not make cut for Amazon HQ

Jan 18, 2018

Rochester will not be the home for Amazon’s second headquarters.

On Thursday morning, Amazon released the list of 20 finalist cities, pared down from an initial list of 238. Rochester did not make the cut.

Leaders in local economic development and government had recently expressed optimism that Rochester would land on the list of possible destinations.

Made on State helps artists grow businesses

Dec 28, 2016
Tom Dooley

When a group of professional artists teamed up with a property developer, the result was a new space in Rochester that brought the artists together under one roof — and boosted business for many of them.

Craig Webster, a partner with Webster Properties, calls Made on State “a match made in heaven.”

“I really wanted to make sure I put some people in here that were going to engage the area,” Webster said.

Larry Moss, the creative director of Airigami, said he appreciates how Made on State allows cooperation between artists.

Can the sharing economy give food startups a leg up?

Aug 17, 2016
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

The hardest part of starting a new food business should be in perfecting the secret recipe. For many entrepreneurial cooks, though, the tough times come when searching for a space to legally make and sell their food.

Commercial kitchen space, with stainless steel counters, industrial appliances that meet food safety regulations and appropriately sized sinks, can be hard to come by and expensive to build.

One tech startup is trying to fix that, using the same sharing economy concepts as travel titans Uber and Airbnb.  

Event celebrates Rochester’s female entrepreneurs

Aug 16, 2016

An event this fall will give women who run businesses in Rochester a chance to learn from their peers and celebrate their successes.

The second Avanti Summit will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 26 at The Strathallan Rochester, 550 East Ave. Automotive group owner Kitty Van Bortel will be the keynote speaker.

David Mammano, founder of the Avanti Entrepreneur Group, said in a statement that “there are many amazing women business owners who are visionaries.”


Since the introduction of bitcoin in 2009, the digital currency has received a lot of attention: some good, some bad. From both technical and social perspectives, it has become an often-complicated phenomenon.

Bitcoin has begun gaining traction recently, and in the future, it could play a major role in how consumers and businesses pay for goods and services. But first, it has to solve its security issues. It has been associated with numerous scams, thefts and reported loss of bitcoin wallets, which store the private keys that you need to access a bitcoin address and spend your funds. 

One proposed solution is Case, a bitcoin wallet that emphasizes security and ease of use, according to the company’s CEO, Melanie Shapiro.