The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region is a great local organization and one of our investments. Here are some current events and opportunities they are offering.


New 8-week Business Training Course Begins September 15th

Learn what you need to know to start and run a successful small business with our 8-week intensive training course, offered in partnership with the Huether School of Business of The College of Saint Rose.

Class topics include: developing a business plan, strategic planning, marketing, sales forecasting, financial management and analysis, as well as a discussion of legal, insurance and tax issues. The course provides fundamental planning concepts and tools to help existing and potential business owners.
The course will be held Saturday mornings from 9-Noon at Huether School of Business of The College of Saint Rose, Albany. Free parking is available. The tuition for the course is $240 and includes class materials and light refreshments. Scholarships may be available. For more information or to register, please call or email Paul Stewart at 436-8586 x805.

Free IT Workshop: Tuesday, September 18th 9-10:30 am

Matt Kelly, IT Administrator and owner of Elucid Systems, will partner with CLFCR to provide 10 tips for avoiding common IT mistakes in your business. Technology plays an important role in today’s small business operations. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked in the busyness of business. Learn how technology can be used to keep your business operating smoothly.

Join us on Tuesday, September 18th from 9-10:30 in the Emily L. Grisom Community Room (2nd Floor Conference Room) at 255 Orange St., Albany. Parking lot is adjacent to building. Lot and building are wheelchair accessible. RSVP Requested: call 436-8586 x805 or email:

QuickBooks Bootcamp!                                    
 with Wayne Higdon
Wednesday, Sept. 26th   9 am – 4:30 pm
Wayne Higdon, a certified QuickBooks Advisor and President of 25th Hour Accounting Solutions, will partner with CLFCR to provide an in-depth overview of QuickBooks, the #1 rated accounting software for small business.
9:AM to 11:AM |Overview: QuickBooks & Related Apps
New users – develop a game plan for using QuickBooks. Experienced users – evaluate if you can up your game! (Or automate it. Or outsource it.) We’ll look at ways to improve your business using QuickBooks + Apps.
11:AM – 12:30 |Q&A
Several QuickBooks Pro Advisors will be available to discuss your needs.
Attend any or all 
of these sessions
1:PM to 2:30 |Money In: Taking Payments in QuickBooks
Credit cards, Square, PayPal & other apps. With the goal of selling more in more places, and auto-magically recording those entries in QuickBooks, we’ll look at options for accepting money in QuickBooks. Click-to-pay invoice, POS & CRM systems, web shopping carts, phone apps….what’s right for your business?
3:PM to 4:30 |Money Out: Paying bills & Recording Expenses in QuickBooks
Explore new options for using QuickBooks Apps. Reduce your workload through automation. Snap a picture, talk about it, and the expense shows up in QuickBooks! We’ll look at apps for creating bookkeeping entries auto-magically from emails, pics, scans, PDFs, apps and online banking.
Sessions are in the Emily L. Grisom Community Room (2nd Floor Conference Room) at 255 Orange St., Albany. Parking lot is adjacent to building. Lot and building are wheelchair accessible.

Save the Date: 
CLFCR’s 33rd Annual Event
Wednesday, October 24th 5:00 – 7:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 362 State Street, Albany
We’ll be sending out invites this month. 

Need Financing? We can help
Are you starting or expanding a business? Do you manage a nonprofit organization? Are you implementing a new program or purchasing a building? We’re here to help. If you’re interested in learning more about our loan products, please contact Walt Brady, our Director of Lending.

Our Investors Make the Capital Region Grow
The Community Loan Fund pools money from socially concerned investors – individuals, organizations and business just like you!
These funds are what we use to finance high-impact community development projects, such as: micro-entrepreneurs who are starting or expanding a business, and nonprofit organizations that are building affordable housing or renovating an historic building or completing a project while awaiting grant funds.
Consider doing something that is lasting and has a positive impact:
Become an Investor. 
Click here to request information about investing or call Linda Chandler, our Director of Development, at (518) 436-8586 x806.