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Page16A Saturday,October24,2015 DemocratandChronicle. com S&P 500 RALLIES, GAINS ERASE YEAR’S LOSSES PAGE 4B Local news coming out ofthe business world. ROCBusiness Average gasoline prices (Friday price of self-serve r egular, per gallon) Rochester $2.26 Last week: $2.28 (-2 cents) 52-week high: $ 3.37 on Oct. 31, 2014 5 2-week low: $2.26 on Oct. 23, 2015 New York state $2.36 Last week: $2.39 (-3 cents) Nationwide $2.22 Last week: $2.28 (-6 cents) Source: AAA Gas gauge trend Lago construction s et to resume TYRE - Developers of aproposed Finger Lakes c asino say they will restart site construction w ork immediately now that local officials have approved their plan for a s econd time. The town board of Tyre unanimously app roved the final site plan for the Lago Resort & C asino on Thursday night. The board had to review the application for a second time after an appeals court faulted the way it determined that the project would h ave no significant adverse environmental impacts. Work on the casino site off the Thruway had been halted since the court ruling this summer. Lago could be one of four new casinos in New York. State regulators are expected to make f inal license decisions this year. Small Business Council honors 3 Michael and Sitima Fowler of Capstone In- f ormation Technologies a nd Ken Rosenfeld of eHealth Technologies w on the Small Business Council of Rochester’s Business Person of the Y ear award. They were inducted d uring a recent ceremony at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester R iverside Convention Center. The annual awards are given to local b usiness owners in one of two categories. F inalists in the fewer than 50 employees category, won by the Fowlers, were Paul Dudley, ID Signsystems Inc.; Michael Krupnicki, Mahany Welding Supply Co. I nc.; Rafael Vidal & Robert Pickering, ProNexus LLC; and David Scalen, Regional Distributors Inc. Finalists in the 50 or more category won by Rosenfeld: Cyndi Weis, Breathe Yoga & Juice Bar Inc.; Timothy Fournier, Conifer Realty LLC; John Holland, D4 LLC; a nd David Pastore, Upstate Roofing & Painting I nc. The Small Business Council of Rochester is a n affiliate of the Roche ster Business Alliance. Firms touted for t heir work cultures Fortune magazine has recognized three area f irms for outstanding work cultures on its a nnual Great Place to Work rankings out on newsstands starting Oct. 2 6. ESL Federal Credit Union ranked No. 3 on t he ranking of the best medium-sized compa- n ies (251-999 employees). It’s the fifth time the company has made the list in the last six years. Sage Rutty & Co. Inc. and Dixon Schwabl m ade the ranking for small-sized companies (50-250 emloyees). Sage Rutty was ranked No. 9. Dixon Schwabl came in at No. 11. It’s the third time Sage Rutty has made the ranking, the 11th for Dixon Schwabl. Workshop on data for marketing Technical Network A ssociates owner Tanya Kelly will join the Greece Chamber of C ommerce for a works hop on what businesses need to know about mak- i ng sense of data to drive s uccessful marketing campaigns. W eb Analytics & Big Data: A Partnership That Will Make or Break You b egins at 8 a.m. Tuesday at the Greece Chamber o f Commerce, 2402 W. Ridge Rood, Greece. The cost is $10 for the public; f ree for members of the chamber of commerce. For more, go to g reecechamber.org. BUSINESS BRIEFS +6.1 Ametek .36 1372 56.15 55.33 55.86 +.23 -7.7 ofAm .20 81469 16.55 16.25 16.52 +.36 +4.1 .68 5784 42.41 41.77 42.25 +.60 +5.9 238 3.90 3.65 3.76 +.07 +7.3 1.24 167 40.95 40.04 40.91 +1.21 +38.7 A 1.24 1189 138.88 135.66 136.20 -1.61 -9.7 .06 463 146.94 143.00 146.31 +2.84 -23.2 .48 15456 17.76 17.39 17.60 -47.8 275 .24 .23 .24 +.01 +25.4 1.92 2267 90.81 89.20 89.89 +.29 -4.0 1.60 1507 73.20 71.41 72.80 +1.41 -30.9 861 17.00 14.99 15.00 -1.87 +14.8 1.32 1393 121.62 119.67 119.99 -.56 -28.3 .80 188 46.22 44.83 45.01 -.70 -19.5 1.24 7625 30.91 29.84 29.86 -1.15 -10.2 2.92 12864 83.00 81.89 82.98 +.09 +3.6 Inst. .80 52 26.10 25.51 26.05 +.59 +26.2 .32 3498 10.81 10.50 10.64 +.08 +1.1 .60 28341 15.75 15.49 15.67 +.09 -19.1 .42 8638 5.47 5.37 5.40 -.03 +5.5 .64 734 15.36 15.00 15.04 -.21 +16.8 .92 76336 29.83 29.42 29.51 -.07 +3.0 1.44 18061 36.06 35.41 35.95 +.53 -26.6 359 66.74 64.54 66.01 -.04 -37.2 .32 31 18.29 17.85 18.08 -15.5 2.50e 1303 40.04 39.73 39.91 +.64 +6.5 2.00 593 77.04 75.63 76.49 +.49 -23.8 5 3.64 3.55 3.62 +.07 -1.5 1.28 540 76.87 75.93 76.65 +.44 -9.8 5.20 5279 145.49 143.70 144.68 +.59 +2.7 1.76 16879 64.19 63.50 63.87 +.68 -4.1 & 3.00 9076 100.88 99.53 100.31 +.78 -2.7 .30 13951 13.58 13.28 13.52 +.32 -9.0 -3 2.60 339 115.13 113.45 114.84 +.83 -.9 el3 2068 49.12 48.42 48.96 +.38 -2.4 M&T 2.80 1870 122.60 119.47 122.60 +3.80 -42.3 & .64a 95 8.00 7.63 7.97 +.28 +27.4 .60 254 76.09 71.77 73.65 +.82 -20.1 2.52 2889 103.14 101.11 103.07 +2.30 +12.2 1.68 2381 51.95 51.41 51.79 +.19 -30.5 5872 7.28 6.98 7.08 +.07 -43.7 1088 12.31 11.86 12.19 +.21 -.5 32.00 -7.0 .42 7 25.72 25.32 25.51 +.10 +12.0 1.00 123 42.30 41.05 41.47 +.16 +5.2 1.20 3303 41.94 41.51 41.76 +.05 +2.5 .56 1249 26.22 25.83 26.17 +.41 +.9 .60 3314 127.28 124.10 126.47 +2.47 +2.7 (The)1.34 1416 42.43 41.19 41.44 -.81 +21.8 3.00 1355 185.62 183.09 185.19 +2.29 +1.2 1.68 18 55.98 54.48 55.98 +1.14 -2.4 3 10.10 9.79 9.97 +104.5 59 6.48 6.27 6.40 +.07 -18.8 24238 121.69 111.64 116.16 +6.29 -1.3 2.26f 13133 46.33 45.94 46.16 +.27 -42.0 6 1.91 1.75 1.84 -.08 +13.1 47 4.95 4.70 4.93 +.14 -44.3 .60 2324 7.65 7.12 7.18 -.33 -25.4 .28 15347 10.49 10.27 10.34 +.05 A 31.92 33.60 +.33 Indus. A 16.78 17.66 +.23 A 21.65 22.91 +.18 A 24.29 25.70 ... & o-Blend 18.23 18.23 +.14 & o-Blnd 13.17 13.17 +.03 & o-Blend 16.40 16.40 +.08 & o-Blend 13.14 13.14 +.05 AMT-F A 11.06 11.61 -.03 A 7.00 7.35 -.01 A 14.81 15.55 -.03 MunA 3.02 3.09 -.01 A 4.54 4.64 ... 10.60 10.60 +.05 ALBANY - J. Crew has agreed to end on-call scheduling at stores nationwide, following similar moves by several other major retailers, New Y ork’s attorney general said Friday. The retailer has a store at the Eastview Mall in Victor. In April, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office wrote to 13 retailers questioning the practice of keeping w orkers on call for shifts on short notice. The let- t er also cited possible violations of New York’s requirement to pay hourly staff for at least four h ours when they report for work. “Workers deserve protections that allow them to have a reliable s chedule in order to ar- r ange for transportation to work, to accommodate child care needs and to budget their family finances,” Schneiderman s aid Friday. The compa- n y has agreed to provide one week of advance notice about schedules at all its New York stores, he said. S enior Vice President M aria Di Lorenzo said J. C rew ended on-call shifts nationally this month. The on-call shifts had helped the company deal with unexpected staff absences and schedule changes for product deliveries, she said. The retailer began discussing p ossible changes 10 months ago, has disabled the on-call feature from its scheduling software and now will fill needed slots on a voluntary basis, which may present some challengers for managers, she wrote in a let- t er to the New York attorney general. “ Further, J. Crew has strict anti-retaliation policies,” Di Lorenzo wrote. “Consistent with those p olicies, J. Crew will not retaliate against associates who do not volunteer to cover these shifts.” T hat follows an- n ounced agreements confirmed by Bath & Body Works and affiliate Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch and Gap I nc. Williams Sonoma s aid it’s also ending the practice. Urban Outfitters has agreed to end on-call shifts at its New York s tores, according to the a ttorney general. Retailer endson-call scheduling J. Crew follows similar m oves by other companies MICHAEL VIRTANEN ASSOCIATED PRESS Dani Polidor didn’t think she was going to win. Late Friday night, the Toronto native who moved to Rochester 10 y ears ago watched as four other en- t repreneurs pitched a business idea for an empty retail space downtown. A panel of judges scrutinized each idea, but appeared impressed with every presentation. O ne company pitched a wine lounge selling global wines. Another envisioned a craft beer cafe. A third company, Tucker’s Diner, presented a restaurant that featured meals made only with locally g rown food. Ultimately, the judges decided that Polidor’s business, a custom furniture store named City Sense, w ould be the winner. And when Polidor heard the announcement, she had one thought. “ I was shocked and stunned because I was rooting for Tucker’s,” said Polidor, holding a glass trophy that read 2015 Race for the Space winner. Polidor has earned free rent for ayear at 127 East Ave. as the first entrepreneur to win the Young Entrepreneurs Academy contest. She b eat out the other ideas and now plans to have her store open before the holiday shopping season. “This is going to happen really quickly,” she said. The Race for the Space competi- t ion asked Rochester entrepreneurs to submit proposals for how they would use 127 East Ave. as a business. The competition was des igned to get more retailers into vacant storefronts downtown. YEA! dwindled the applicants down to f ive and those five presented on Friday. During Friday’s event, Polidor went on stage before a crowd of dozens and a panel of nine and talked about her company. Once opened, City Sense will sell reasonably priced furniture and will have six salespeople who work o n commission. There will also be a store manager. Polidorwill use the space to showcase furniture and a section will have a newly designed showcase every month. “Think of us as the department s tore and the Urban Home Show rolled into one,” she said. Victor Salerno, CEO of O’Con- nell Electric Company, Inc., was o ne of the judges. He said City Sense became the winner basically by unanimous decision. Polidor w on, in part, because Rochester’s downtown will soon see many new apartments and lofts opening up LAUREN PETRACCA/@LAURENPETRACCA/ STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Dani Polidor pitches her idea for City Sense, a custom furniture store and showroom, during the Race for the Space contest at La Luna Restaurant in High Falls on Friday. Polidor was the winner of the event. RACE FOR SPACE WINNER CHOSEN Custom furniture store to open soon at 127 East Ave. KHRISTOPHER J BROOKS @AMERICANGLOW “Think of us as the department store and the Urban Home Show rolled into one.” DANI POLIDOR PROPRIETOR, CITY SENSE CUSTOM FURNITURE STORE SeeSPACE,Page19A

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