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Can the sharing economy give food startups a leg up?

Aug 17, 2016
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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.

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It’s one thing to carve a pumpkin for Halloween, it’s something else entirely to bring to life an entire sea serpent, circus train or resurrect dinosaurs… with pumpkins.

But that’s exactly what the folks at the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze have been doing for the past 11 years.

The event, put on by Historic Hudson Valley an educational non-profit specializing in - where else - the lower Hudson region, doubles as a fundraiser.


Governor Cuomo was in Batavia Wednesday to announce a new solar company is moving in to the STAMP site in Alabama, New York. The company, 1366 Technologies, will be the first to move into the Manufacturing Park in Western New York.

On stage at the Steiner Theater at Genesee Community College, Cuomo made his enthusiasm clear. He says this announcement is an example of a new era for Upstate New York. 

"You see the energy changing, you see the mentality changing, and you see the synergy that's now developing. Today is a game changer."