SunCommon NY, a distributor of renewable energy generation including solar and wind projects, recently took the No. 1 spot on the 31st annual Rochester Chamber Top 100 list of the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the Finger Lakes region.
The Rochester Chamber Top 100 is a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and KPMG LLP program that ranks businesses based on dollar and percentage growth.
“The Rochester Chamber Top 100 list serves as a wonderful example of the Rochester and Finger Lakes region’s positive economic evolution,” said Bob Duffy, Rochester Chamber president and CEO. “The leading number of companies on the list came from the service, manufacturing, technology and construction industries. We congratulate all of the Rochester Chamber Top 100 businesses, and wish them continued success and growth.”
To be eligible, businesses must be independent, privately held, headquartered in the nine-county Finger Lakes region and have revenue of at least $1 million in each of the three most recent fiscal years.
Kevin Schulte, founder and CEO of SunCommon NY, attributes his company’s growth to two things.
“First, the future of solar is now. The second is our culture,” Schulte said. “We started as a value-led business in 2002, and became a certified benefit corporation in 2015. We grow because of our values and commitment to the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit. Promoting ourselves as a member of the values-led business community has presented us growth opportunities in sales, hiring and our connection to the community. We have put this at the forefront of our marketing and sales efforts, taking a community organizing approach to marketing and engaging our community in a dialogue about the solar opportunity here in Rochester.”
Waste Harmonics LLC, a waste services broker, and iCardiac Technologies Inc., a cardiac safety and respiratory services laboratory, rounded out the top three on the list.
“I don’t believe you can achieve the growth we have without a strategic plan and a focus on customer retention, they feed off each other, ” said Michael Hess, president and CEO of Waste Harmonics. “Customer retention has always been a core strength of ours, which is our foundation for customer references and referrals for new business.”
“iCardiac’s rapid growth is attributable to our ability to blend deep scientific insight with unparalleled customer support,” said Alex Zapesochny, president and CEO of iCardiac Technologies. “We have always recognized that offering great science and technology is important, but it’s not enough. A company must also excel in the human factors, such as proactive communication and dedication to our customers’ goals.”
The following companies were included to the 2017 Rochester Chamber Top 100, listed by rank: SunCommon NY, Waste Harmonics LLC, iCardiac Technologies Inc., Career Start, Emerge, Ambuild Company, JCS Controls Inc., Employee Relations Associates Inc./ER Select LLC, Premium Mortgage Corp., Crosby-Brownlie Inc., Broadstone Real Estate LLC, cheribundi Inc., Ironwood Heavy Highway LLC (Terry Tree Service LLC), Avani Technology Solutions Inc., The DDS Companies, Ward Greenberg Heller & Reidy LLP, D’Agostino General Contractors Inc., New Scale Technologies Inc, SWBR Architects & Engineers PC, LG Evans Construction Inc., Insero & Company CPAs LLP, 3G Packaging Inc., eHealth Technologies, LSI Solutions Inc., ConServe, Truth Collective, Tuf Trucks and Fine Cars, APD Engineering & Architecture PLLC, Tele Data Com Inc., Genesee Regional Bank, Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, LaBella Associates, Butler/Till Media Services Inc., Tipping Point Communications Inc., New York Technology Partners Inc., Bob Johnson Auto Group, KJT Group Inc., Passero Associates DPC, Dixon Schwabl Inc., Abtex Corp., Optimax Systems Inc., O’Connell Electric Co., Colonial Fire Protection Systems Inc., Liberty Pumps Inc., Clark Patterson Lee, Baldwin Richardson Foods, Regional Distributors Inc., OptiPro Systems LLC, D3 Engineering LLC, Surmotech LLC, Sutherland Global Services Inc., CaterTrax, American Packaging Corp., Harris Beach PLLC, Edwards Electric & Communications Inc., Manning Squires Hennig Co. Inc., Benefit Resource Inc., R-Options Inc., Miller & Associates Sourcing Specialists LLC, Novem Group, YPC Media, Diamond Packaging, Ontario Exteriors Inc., PACE Electronic Products, Affinity Enterprises LLC, MaeTec Power, Mason Digital LLC, A.E.Y. Enterprises Inc., Nu-Look Collision Inc., MediSked LLC, AP Plumbing, Empire Precision Plastics, Admar Supply Co. Inc., Bristol Instruments Inc., Leonard’s Express Inc., Just Solutions Inc., Rhino Trunk & Case Inc., Synergy IT Solutions Inc., Keller Williams Realty Greater Rochester, Stefan Sydor Optics Inc., Cambridge Street Asset Management LLC, VP Supply Corp., HR Works Inc., R.M. Landscape Inc., Bonadio & Co. LLP, Photikon Corp., UniLink, Emerald Print Management Inc., Spoon Exhibit Services Inc., Three Brothers Wineries and Estates, Logical Control Solutions, Frontier Glass Inc., Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters, DeCarolis Truck Rental Inc., Railroad Street Brewing Co. Inc., ABR Wholesalers Inc., Pride Service Inc., E.E.P. Quality Group Inc., Sanford Industrial Contractors Inc. and Sunnking Inc.
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