Welcome to Rochester Rising.

Rochester Rising amplifies the stories of Rochester entrepreneurs through original, insightful articles and podcasts and displays the unique flavor of Rochester's innovation and small business community.

Rochester Rising symbolizes the emergence of Rochester's entrepreneurs and small businesses and the contributions this sector with make to Rochester's economy as we move forward. 


Amanda Leightner

As a Pittsburgh native, Amanda has called Rochester home on and off for the last nine years.  She enjoys running, and can be found on the trails of Rochester with her Catahoula Leopard Dog, Merrie. Amanda has an unhealthy attachment to Sour Patch Kids and most other types of candy. She believes in growing Rochester's small business and entrepreneurial community in a grassroots manner and looks forward to the role that Rochester Rising can play in this process.