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In 1979, a group of small businesses wanted to expand and couldn't get capital from the banking system.

Alternatives was chartered to address that problem. Serving small business, as well as non-profits, is promoting smart community development. Small businesses, especially start-ups, are engines of local economic development. Small businesses play a major role in job creation in New York, creating 80% of all new jobs.

Most banks ignore businesses when they have less than a million dollars in annual sales. Small business or "micro-enterprise" lending is our specialty. Alternatives designs products and services to meet the needs of small businesses: retail, service, small manufacturers, home-based businesses, cooperatives, worker-owned businesses, non-profits and start-ups. 

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Aaron Lambert, Nutritional Wellness Center

In 2006 we had a vision of creating a wellness center that would be highly successful in helping people to achieve optimal health. We also wanted to connect as many people as possible with the wonderful locally grown food. The business loan and the Business CENTS program both allowed us to achieve our dream. A loan officer even came to visit our business some time later to see how we were doing.


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