After receiving dozens of applications, 25 local companies have been selected to date for the second round of Greater Rochester Enterprise’s (GRE) Economic Gardening Program, which serves to foster business growth throughout the Greater Rochester, N.Y. region. The program is the only one of its kind in New York and is designed to provide free, sophisticated, tailor-made technical assistance to second-stage companies that are in expansion mode. Though space is limited, opportunities are still available for eligible participants.
Qualified companies are encouraged to apply online at rochesterbiz.com/gardening.
To date, GRE and its economic development partners have selected 25 companies that reflect the diverse industry sectors driving the Greater Rochester Region’s economy:
o Advanced Language Translation – Corporate translation and localization services
o Bristol ID Technologies - Manufacturer of custom plastic cards and reseller of desktop card printers, ribbons and accessories
o Brite Computers - IT provider and computer reseller
o Cardiac Life - Provider of Automated External Defibrillators
o ComTec Solutions - business technology services company
o Distributed Technology Group - Technology reseller
o Electronics & Innovation, Ltd. - Designs and manufactures RF power amplifiers
o Empire Precision Plastics – Optics and molding company
o Hodgins Engraving Co. – High-end specialty printing and automated workflow management
o Innovative Solutions - IT solutions for small to mid-sized businesses
o Litron Laboratories – Research, development and manufacturing kits for genetic toxicology testing
o Minoritech, Inc. - Sourcing of industrial supplies and fabrication of flexible materials
o NimbleUser - Software developer
o Ontario Plastics, Inc. – Manufacturer of plastic injection molded parts
o OS-Cubed, Inc. – Web and applications development services
o PeerPlace Networks LLC - Software developer for the health and human services industry
o Seating Inc. – Custom office seating manufacturer
o Roccera LLC - Ceramic manufacturer
o RTEmd - Custom software developer for medical devices
o Staach Inc. - Furniture design and manufacturing
o Second Avenue Learning - Educational video game developer
o Steel & O’Brien – Stainless steel manufacturer and distributor
o Tompkins Metal Finishing, Inc. - Metal finishing for manufacturing
o Unique Automation LLC - Integrator for motion-control assemblies
o Weco Manufacturing - Contract manufacturer of metal finished fabricated components
In order to participate in the program, companies must be for-profit and privately held, headquartered and operating in the Greater Rochester Region, generate between $700,000 and $50 million in annual revenue, employ between five and 100 employees, have maintained principal operations in the area for a minimum of two years, demonstrate growth in employment and/or revenue for at least two of the past five years, and provide products and/or services to markets outside of Rochester.
A team of national experts provided by the Edward Lowe Foundation, a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship, will help each qualified and accepted company develop a plan to further accelerate its business success. Selected companies also have access to a free suite of high-end, high-speed technical assistance, including help identifying qualified sales leads, mapping to facilitate targeted marketing efforts, reviewing core strategies related to commodity and niche markets, analyzing employee temperament to build strong management teams and recruit talent, examining social media utilization, and search engine optimization guidance.
The Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation provided support for educational components of the program. Additional financial assistance from M&T Bank and Empire State Development enables GRE to also pursue peer-to-peer learning circles, CEO forums and CEO roundtable discussions among second-stage companies as a continuation of its first Economic Gardening Program.