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Spotlight on Small Business

 

Our region is home to a diverse mix of independent businesses in a wide range of industries.  From professional services to high-tech and retail to manufacturing, the innovative spirit of small business is what makes this community a great place to live and work.

In celebration of National Small Business Week, GRB is featuring some of the many extraordinary stories that reflect the entrepreneurial spirit of the region’s small businesses.  As a small business ourselves, GRB’s team members understand what it means to succeed through the challenges and serve this community.  Last year, GRB was recognized by the Small Business Administration as a Silver Award lender, providing financing to dozens of new and growing enterprises.

To our customers featured here, we thank you for letting us share your stories.  And for those still working on their stories…GRB is Here. For You.

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Tour the World through its Finest Brews at Beers of the World


Beers of the World

From “beer chasers” following the latest trends to those in Rochester’s diverse cultural community yearning for a taste of home, Beers of the World offers an experience like no other


One for the Books: Book1One Flips Book Printing Upside Down


Book1One

In an age now ruled by digital technology, Peter Pape just got back into paper. As President and CEO of Book1One, Pape is combining his experience running a book binding business with his love of technology and process. The result: A business that creates personalized, printed books with a level of efficiency that makes it fast, affordable and fun.


What Can You Do in Nine Minutes? You Could Save a Life


Gerstner Medical

Nationwide it takes paramedics an average of between nine and 15 minutes to get to the site of an incident.  In that brief period of time, some illnesses and injuries can become fatal.  But Mobilize Rescue Systems (MRS) is out to improve the odds of survival with an interactive first aid system that helps “bystanders save lives.”


Evolution in the Family Business: Crosby-Brownlie Mechanical Contractors


Crosby-Brownlie

If you’ve never heard of Crosby-Brownlie, that’s okay. Their work on some of the region’s most iconic structures sits hidden behind the drywall and under the flooring. But these buildings wouldn’t be much of anything without them.


Meet, Eat and Play: It’s Time for Radio Social


Radio Social

When you’ve poured your heart and soul into a business for decades, the decision to close it is understandably difficult. When Clover Lanes Bowling Center owner Dan Morgenstern was offered the opportunity to sell to make room for new retail development on Monroe Avenue, he knew it was time. Since 1957, Clover Lanes had stood as an iconic part of the Brighton landscape, but the traditional bowling industry was dying and Morgenstern knew it. It was time to sell.

Besides, Morgenstern had a new idea.