Featured Success Story – ID Signsystems

Posted on November 7, 2019 in  Small Business, The Entrepreneurs Network, Uncategorized

Katrina Beatty and Paul Dudley see signs wherever they look. Not the mystic kinds, of course, but rather physical signs that build brands and improve the total customer experience. As co-founders of ID Signsystems, they have created an internationally recognized design-build company specializing in signage and lighting for retail, healthcare, and institutional markets. Just look […]

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Meet the Staff: Jeffrey Adair

Posted on August 29, 2019 in  Meet the Staff

Name: Jeffrey Adair Company Role: Executive Director What do you do at Imagine Monroe? I oversee the IDA and all of the programs that we run and support. My mission has been to make this IDA one that is known for supporting community initiatives and actively working to make Monroe County a better place to […]

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Imagine Monroe Expands Job Training for IT Companies and Employees

Posted on August 27, 2019 in  Imagine Monroe

Earlier this year, Monroe County launched a groundbreaking job training initiative, tailored for information technology companies. The program, called IT Monroe 1.0, is aimed at helping growing information technology companies who want to find qualified employees in Monroe County. With IT being one of the county’s fastest-growing sectors, this program was created to assist companies […]

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Featured Success Story – Eat Me Ice Cream

Posted on August 21, 2019 in  The Entrepreneurs Network

Ice cream is a tough category.  Competition is fierce. Grocery shelf space is limited.  Large brands dominate. That’s why Eat Me Ice Cream’s remarkable success over the last seven years is a true testimonial to savvy, resourceful, and persistent entrepreneurship. More importantly, founders Amber Odhner and Catelyn Augustine have demonstrated that scalable growth comes from […]

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Intro to Incentive Programs: Equipment Purchasing

Posted on August 9, 2019 in  Incentives & Programs, Small Business

In order to help businesses grow and expand in Monroe County, there are programs available for non-retail businesses purchasing equipment. GreatRate, GreatRebate and Monroe Manufacturing Rewards are administered by the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC). EquiPlus is offered in partnership between MCIDC and Imagine Monroe. The GreatRate program offers businesses a rebate on interest […]

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Meet the Staff: Jean Kase

Posted on July 29, 2019 in  Meet the Staff, The Entrepreneurs Network

Name: Jean Kase Company Role: Executive Director, The Entrepreneurs Network TEN is an economic development program powered by Imagine Monroe for tech startups and high-growth small businesses. Favorite quote: “Try not. Do or do not, there is no try.” Master Yoda Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books?  Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers […]

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Opening Soon: Jobs on Main

Posted on June 28, 2019 in  Imagine Monroe

In 2018, County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo announced an initiative intended to offer easier access to Imagine Monroe staff and resources in the Downtown Rochester office located on the corner of W Main Street and Fitzhugh Street. The project, named Jobs on Main offers various ways to help small businesses grow.

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Meet the Staff: Robin Finnerty

Posted on June 26, 2019 in  Meet the Staff

Name: Robin Finnerty Company Role: Special Projects Manager Favorite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” – Wayne Gretzky Your top 3 favorite podcasts/books? Any books by John Grisham What is something that the people you work with have to deal with that you want to fix?  I want to fix our […]

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Featured Success Story – Heart Health Intelligence

Posted on June 19, 2019 in  The Entrepreneurs Network

Heart Health Intelligence is a medical device impact startup that will do well by doing good – for heart failure patients and for hospitals. Heart failure (HF) is a type of cardiovascular disease where the heart does not pump enough blood to supply the needs of the body. There are 1 million new cases of […]

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Workforce Development Drives the Monroe County Economy

Posted on May 21, 2019 in  Incentives & Programs

The Monroe County Workforce Development Division exists to stimulate the local economy by providing resources to those seeking employment, education and training services. Workforce Development allows Monroe County’s Economic Development Division to be more responsive to the needs of businesses looking to relocate and/or expand in Monroe County. Two of the programs that are used […]

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