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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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I have had the pleasure of enjoying Alternatives from two perspectives but I couldn't have had one without the other.

When I knew I was moving from southwestern VA to Ithaca, NY, I knew I wanted to work at Alternatives. My partner at the time said it would be the perfect job for me. I read a little online about the mission. I didn't really understand all of it, but it sounded positive and ethical. I had worked in banking for a few years and as a community-minded individual, I thought this could be a good fit. more»


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