Rochester, New York, November 30, 2005: Digital Rochester and Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE), together with our economic development partners from the Greater Rochester area, today announced that they will once again host Rochester-to-Rochester, a business expansion event for Rochester-area companies. Applications for the second-annual event, which takes place on March 1, 2006, are being accepted through January 6, 2006.
Piloted last April, the "Rochester-to-Rochester" event focuses specifically on accelerating the growth of local businesses by leveraging resources available within our region. The event is open to small and midsize companies in the nine-county area involved in product manufacturing, research and development, technology or professional services. County Executive Maggie Brooks will be a featured speaker during the opening breakfast on March 1, 2006.
"Rochester-to-Rochester really focuses on supporting the growth of smaller companies who have built successful operations in Rochester," says Staci Henning, director of marketing for GRE. "We want to link them with the additional resources they need to grow even stronger and fuel our Region's future economic success."
Firms must apply to participate in the "Rochester-to-Rochester" event and space is limited to 75 companies. Participants will receive free admission to a half-day session where they will connect with other business and community leaders and learn more about the resources available to assist them.
In addition, a limited number of participants will be selected for another day of meetings, to be held on February 15, 2006, specifically customized to help accelerate their company's growth.
Christine Scheible, CEO of Quantum Technology Associates in Henrietta, attended last year's Rochester-to-Rochester event.
"We serve the biomedical and optics industries by offering embedded systems engineering," explains Scheible. "Last April's Rochester-to-Rochester event was important to us because it offered an opportunity for us to certify our services as valid and ensure what we offer has growth potential."
Click here to download a copy of the application form. Completed forms should be sent to RtoR@greaterrochesterenterprise.com or mailed to:
One HSBCPlaza, 100 Chestnut Street
Rochester, NY 14604
Attention: Rochester to Rochester
Applications are due no later than January 6, 2006. For more information, please e-mail RtoR@digitialrochester.com or RtoR@greaterrochesterenterprise.com.
"Last year's Rochester-to-Rochester event linked more than 50 local businesses together to network and share information about opportunities for working together to achieve desired growth," says Juli Klie, vice president of Digital Rochester. "The Rochester-to-Rochester event is a prime example of Digital Rochester's commitment to supporting local companies as they succeed and grow in Rochester."
About Digital Rochester:
Digital Rochester (DR) is a community of over 3,800 technology professionals and entrepreneurs from across the region working together to strengthen and grow the tech sector. With membership drawn from IT, telecom, engineering and the life sciences, DR's events and community services include an array of networking, educational, entrepreneurial and economic development activities designed to serve a broad spectrum of participants. Digital Rochester was named New YorkState's 2003 Small Business Not-For-Profit Organization of the Year. For more information, go to www.digitalrochester.com
Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) is a public-private partnership established to professionally market the Rochester metropolitan region as a competitive, high-profile place for business location and growth. Its efforts support business attraction and expansion, as well as entrepreneurship and innovation. GRE collaborates with businesses, universities, not-for-profit organizations and government leaders to ensure a unified approach to regional economic development. For more information, please go to www.RochesterBiz.com.