Economics writer Megan McArdle has compiled some of the great business success stories – and tells them through the prism of failure. Had they given up early, they would never have built these great companies. We talk with her and local entrepreneurs including Alex Zapesochny, Jim Senall and Mike Totterman.

How Independent Publishers Survive in the Digital Age

Hélène Biandudi talks with Peter Connors, BOA Edition LTD publisher, about publishing "The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton 1965-2010"; how focusing on a niche market has allowed BOA to flourish; and how publishers can embrace e-books.

Need To Know Rochester: The Business Section

Feb 8, 2013

Matt Daneman from the Democrat & Chronicle discusses the business headlines of the week including a possible Seneca Nation casino in Rochester, news on the Sibley Building, and state funding for the Eastman Business Park.

While the Fiscal Cliff deal passed by Congress at the turn of the New Year raised taxes on some of the wealthiest people in America, it left many tax breaks in place that benefit small businesses. That is, along as they take advantage of them.

Many of the research and development (R&D) incentives, or programs designed to help small businesses export their products go underutilized, says tax policy analyst Dean Zerbe.

NHL Prepares New, Shorter Schedule

Jan 7, 2013

Many of the details need to be worked out, but the National Hockey League is gearing up for an abbreviated season  that could finish around the Fourth of July.

The ice sheet is still down in First Niagara Center, held over since the farm team Rochester Americans packed the house December 28 for a game against the Lake Erie Monsters.

Rochester Leads Upstate In New Green Energy Patents

Jan 4, 2013
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New York state ranks third in the world for the number of clean energy patents issued in the third quarter of 2012. The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index shows that the majority of the 63 patents issued during that period went to upstate inventors. 


The Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council was awarded $96.2 million for 76 projects. Here's the official breakdown of the projects, and how much money each will receive:

2012 Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council Projects

Need To Know Rochester: The Business Section

Dec 14, 2012

Democrat & Chronicle business reporter Matt Daneman talks Kodak, regional economic development, and Bausch & Lomb with Julie Philipp.

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HMX Acquisition Corp., parent company to Rochester-based Hickey Freeman, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today, according to Bloomberg News.

The bankruptcy documents cite that the company had less than $50,000 in assets, against debt of more than $50 million.

A Rochester event designed to empower and educate women is gearing up for its second set of workshops and discussion forums.

WDKX's Women For Women officially launched in April with its first day long series of events. The next installment will take place August 4th. Personal Finance Expert Cheryl Mckeiver sits down with WXXI's LeShea Agnew to give a preview of the upcoming event.

Mckeiver says the first Women For Women event centered around wellness and networking.

For more information about the event visit http://www.facebook.com/WdkxWomenForWomen