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Eyes on the Future, an annual conference of business leaders from across Rochester, will again meet this Friday at St. John Fisher College.

The summit’s theme will be to promote economic growth in the area as a team, said Tom Ioele, event chairman and CEO of Employee Relations Associates Inc. of Rochester.

Ioele said the conference hopes to get people thinking of ways to effectively change the Rochester economy for the better.

Attracting jobs and interest too often can solely be left to leaders such as Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks or officials in Greater Rochester Enterprise, Ioele said. “So often, we think it is someone else’s job,” said Ioele.

The event, which drew about 1,000 people last year to the college, will also feature an exposition focusing on career development, although the event will not contain a job fair.

The exposition will help with résumé skills and advice on running a business.

The event will also feature a keynote speaker, Richard Bendis, CEO of Innovation America.

Bendis is an entrepreneur and former corporate executive, venture capitalist and investment banker.

Innovation America is a nonprofit, private-public partnership focused on accelerating the growth of the entrepreneurial innovation economy in the United States, according to its Web site.

The doors open at 7 a.m. for the expo and career fair.

At 8:30 a.m., the conference will host a panel discussion until about 10:30 a.m. The expo and networking will continue until noon.

Registration is free and should be done in advance at

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