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Dinolfo Kicks-Off Small Business Week in Monroe County

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo today kicked-off Small Business Week in Monroe County, which runs through May 5th. The week will include a full slate of special events hosted by Monroe County to celebrate the over 17,000 small businesses that support more than 25,000 local jobs in our community.

“For generations, our region has been a beacon of innovation where dreamers and entrepreneurs have set up shop to provide new opportunities for their families and local jobs for their neighbors,” said Dinolfo. “Small businesses are the engines that drive our local economy, supporting more than 25,000 good-paying local jobs annually. With over 17,000 small businesses thriving in our community today, Monroe County is very much open for business – especially small business!”

Monroe County’s Small Business Week schedule will feature over half-a-dozen events designed to highlight the diverse contributions of small businesses across our region.

“From recognizing the small businesses who are transforming our Seneca Park Zoo to giving local students a chance to learn more about good-paying careers at small businesses in our community, Monroe County’s Small Business Week events will highlight the very best that our community has to offer,” continued Dinolfo. “I thank all of our local small businesses for their contributions to our local economy and I look forward to celebrating with you this week.”

Monroe County’s Small Business Week events are scheduled as follows:

Monday, April 30:

Monroe County PTAC Awards

County Executive Dinolfo officially proclaimed the week of April 29th through May 5th, 2018 to be Small Business Week in Monroe County. The proclamation was followed by the presentation of the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Business Awards for local businesses who have earned over $1 million in federal government contracts since September 2017.

A program of the Monroe County Economic Development Division, PTAC is part of Dinolfo’s commitment to growing small businesses and creating jobs. PTAC helps businesses identify, compete for, and win government contracts, at no cost to the employer. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, May 1:

Small Business Week Spotlight: Seneca Park Zoo Project
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Seneca Park Zoo
2222 St Paul St. Rochester, NY 14621

Note: Media will be invited to tour the ongoing Zoo construction

Monroe County’s highly anticipated Seneca Park Zoo improvements are underway. The project includes the addition of an African savanna exhibit (featuring giraffes, zebras, rhinos and ostriches), a Cold Asia exhibit (featuring snow leopard and red panda) and a passenger tram with on-off stations at the north and south ends of the Zoo.

This $13.5 million investment will support more than 200 local jobs over the construction period. On Tuesday, Dinolfo will be joined by several small businesses that are contributing to the success of the project, including Crane-Hogan, Ravi Engineering and Land Surveying, WDM Architects, Crosby-Brownlie, Spring Sheet Metal, Dyno Group, Schuler-Haas, and more. At the event, Dinolfo will recognize and thank these small businesses for their work on the Zoo project and for their role in our local economy.

Following the announcement, Media will be invited to tour the ongoing zoo construction project with the Seneca Park Zoo architect, Scott Ramser from WDM Architects.

Wednesday, May 2:

School-to-Business Program
Time: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
School: Edison Career and Technology High School
Locations: IBEW Local 86, 470 West Metro Park Rochester, NY 14623; Datto Inc., 40 Franklin St. Rochester, NY 14606

Students from Edison Tech will visit IBEW Local 86 and Datto, Inc. to learn more about good-paying career opportunities in Monroe County.

Special Small Business Week Recruiting on the Road Job Fair
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Henrietta Recreation Center, 605 Calkins Road Henrietta, NY 14467

This Recruiting on the Road job fair will feature several local small businesses participating for the first time, including:

● OFD Foods – This Oregon-based supplier of freeze dried food recently broke ground on a new, local manufacturing facility and plan to hire 30 full-time positions during the first phase of their expansion.
● Lifetime Assistance – Established 40 years ago, this local agency is covering the cost of employees entering the Licensed Practical Nurse Program.
● Tradesmen International – Located in Brighton, this local company is ready to hire electricians, plumbers, welders, masons and more.
● DiPasquale Construction – This full service commercial general contractor is hiring an accountant and senior project manager.

Over 20 local employers will be attending the job fair in total, including Mersen Corporation, CDS Life Transitions, UPS, WB Mason, Wegmans, MCC, Monroe County Civil Service, and more. Job seekers are asked to come prepared for an interview, bring extra copies of their resumes and dress for success. The event is free, open to the public and registration can be completed online at

Thursday, May 3:

School-to-Business Program (Greece)
Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m.
School: Greece Central School District
Location: Flower City Printing, 1725 Mt. Read Blvd Rochester, NY 14606

Students from Greece Central Schools will visit Flower City Printing to learn more about good-paying career opportunities in Monroe County.

School-to-Business Program (Honeoye Falls-Lima)
Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m.
School: Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School District
Location: Lattimore Physical Therapy, 58 N. Main St. Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

Students from Honeoye Falls–Lima Central Schools will visit Lattimore Physical Therapy to learn more about good-paying career opportunities in Monroe County.

Friday, May 4:

21st Annual MCC High School Machining Competition
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: MCC Applied Tech Center 2485 W. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Hosted at the MCC Applied Tech Center, participants will include students in the Building Trades & Manufacturing program offered through the BOCES Center for Workforce Development. This competition provides students a first-hand look at MCC Applied Tech Center programs available to them after high school. Additionally, while students compete, the Applied Tech Center simultaneously hosts a Teacher Roundtable, where instructors are offered an opportunity to talk about their programs, share ideas on curriculum, provide updates on new technology, and enhance the trades & manufacturing student culture in our region.

Event: School-to-Business Program (Wheatland-Chili)
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
School: Wheatland-Chili Central School District
Location: CooperVision, 711 N. Main St. Scottsville, 14546

Students from Wheatland-Chili Central Schools will visit CooperVision to learn more about good-paying career opportunities in Monroe County.

What is a Small Business?

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy defines a small business for research purposes as “an independent business having fewer than 500 employees.” Additionally, SBA has established size standards that define whether a business entity is small and, thus, eligible for government programs and preferences reserved for “small business” concerns. Size standards have been established for types of economic activity, or industry, generally under the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).