Thursday, March 24, 2005

Rochester Entrepreneurs Resource has Moved!

The Rochester Entrepreneurs Resource has moved. Its new location is Look there for future updates, especially our calendar of local business events.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

UR team refining camera-phone's heart

This Democrat & Chronicle Business Article describes the efforts of two University of Rochester researchers to develop what they believe is a breakthrough approach to imaging sensors. Their biggest challenge? Raising venture capital to penetrate an already crowded field.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

One of our own gets some press!

Greg Tellex, founder of Empire Golf Getaways and a member of the August Group's Entrepreneurs SIG (the predecessor to Innovations Rochester), has managed to get some coverage on channel 13 (WHAM-TV). Service Wants To Start Up Golf Getaways With Ferry talks about how Greg is hoping to make use of the Fast Ferry to expand his business.

Saturday, February 12, 2005

Small Business Meetup

The Rochester Small Business Meetup Group will be holding its monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. at:

Atlanta Bread Company
1663 E Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY 14623

Meetings are free and open to the public. Please come!

Need-to-Know about Intellectual Property

February 25, 2005 at 8:00 a.m.
Presentation by Thomas R. Fitzgerald

Sponsored by the Rochester Professional Consultants Network

Most consulting engagements generate intellectual property. Learn how ownership begins and how it may be transferred. You'll learn the differences between patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets as well as highlights of statutory protections. A typical consulting agreement will be reviewed ant key terms will be explained.

Tom FitzGerald is a member of the bar in New York and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He's been in private practice in Rochester since 1992. Prior to 1992, he was inside counsel for several large corporations, including Texas Instruments, General Signal, GE, and Pitney Bowes. He helps his clients secure statutory and contract protection of their intellectual property.

Location: Brighton Town Hall
Open to the public; $8 for non-members; $5 for members, payable by cash or check at the door.

#1 in Rochester's Top 100 to Speak to the August Group

Manny Marcano, president of EMA Design Automation in Henrietta, will be presenting to the August Group at the Brighton Town Hall on February 16th at 10:00 a.m. EMA was selected as the Democrat & Chronicle's #1 company in its Top 100 fastest growing privately held companies in the greater Rochester metro area for 2004.

In this informal presentation, Manny will discuss EMA's growth, and history, as well as present the August Group with a unique proposition.

EMA is looking for August Group members that have the passion and drive to start a new business.

For more information contact John Baily with the August Group.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Miller resigns HTR incubator post

The Rochester Business Journal is reporting that High Technology of Rochester Inc. program director Alana Miller has resigned from the organization.

Workshop for Contractors

Forwarded by Mark Gydesen

The SUNY Brockport Small Business Development Center is pleased to be co-sponsoring a workshop with the Rochester Housing Authority. The 2005 Contractor's Workshop is designed to help small contractors improve and increase their business. Attendees will be able to learn about how the SBDC, Rochester Housing Authority, and US Small Business Administration can work with you to help your business succeed! There will also be presentations on HUD regulations and requirements for your business to obtain bonding.

The workshop is divided into several sessions over a 2 day period. Here's the breakdown!

Bidding and Estimating—8:30-10:50
HUD Regulations and Paperwork—11:00-11:50
Complimentary Lunch—12:00-12:50
Small Business Administration session—1:00-1:50

Bonding Overview—6:00-6:50
Small Business Development Center session—7:00-8:45

All of the workshops will be held at 675 West Main Street in Rochester (the Housing Authority’s office). You're more than welcome to attend all sessions, or only one or two if you would prefer. If this workshop sounds like something you might be interested in, please call Tom Hubert at the Rochester Housing Authority by February 16th. His phone number is 585-697-6167.

Best Wishes,

Rebekah Greene
Front Office Coordinator
SUNY Brockport Small Business Development Center
350 New Campus Drive
Morgan 3
Brockport, NY 14420
Phone: (585) 395-2334
Fax: (585) 395-2467

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Business Start Up Checklist

This Business Start Up Checklist at Business Know-How is a good reminder of steps you need to go through to start your business, but misses a few things such as retaining an attorney and an accountant. Combine it with my previous post for a more complete list and a timeline to use as a guide.

12 Months to Startup has an interesting article giving step-by-step instructions to start a new business. 12 Months to Startup not only suggests what to do each month, but also includes links to resources to help you through each step.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Study shows best places for small business

Study shows best places for small business - lists the best cities and towns for small business, as rated by American City Business Journals. The highest ranking city in New York is ... (drum roll please!) ...

Poughkeepsie, NY!

The methodology that they used for ranking is based on four factors:

  • Number of small businesses per 100,000 residents
  • Change in the number of small businesses from 2000 to 2002
  • Change in private-sector employment from 2000 to 2002
  • Change in private-sector payrolls from 2000 to 2002

Think Rochester will have better luck next year?

Top Ten States for Small Businesses in 2005

Here's a blog article that made it into the national media. SurePayroll Announces Top Ten States for Small Businesses in 2005 contains state rankings that were mentioned on the radio today, mostly because New York was not in the list. I tracked it down simply so I could find out where I should be starting my next business.

What do you think of these rankings?