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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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Joe Nolan, Home Green Home

My family's credit union has been Alternatives since '96; We liked the mission, and who could resist banking in a converted house? In 2005 I started thinking about a retail start-up called "Home Green Home" that would sell healthy and eco-conscious home furnishings and renovation supplies. The Business CENTS class helped me to understand and develop the elements of a business plan, and set me on the path to taking the big leap.

At every stage, I've felt well supported by Alternatives' friendly staff. From one-on-one consultation to business banking and credit needs, I've received quick, helpful service at Alternatives. We always look to partner with organizations that share our values, and Alternatives fits the bill.


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