8-Week Business Planning Course

Join us for some real world business planning. Learn what you need to know to start and run a successful small business with our 8-week intensive training course, now offered virtually. Class topics include: developing a business plan, strategic planning, marketing, sales forecasting, financial management and analysis, legal, insurance and tax issues. The course provides fundamental planning concepts and tools to help existing and potential business owners.

Dates: Saturdays, Sept 18-Nov 6, 9am-12pm

Class will be offered in conjunction with the STEAM Garden, but will be held virtually on Zoom.

Please let us know if you have connection issues or wish assistance setting up Zoom.

The tuition for the course is $240 and includes class materials. Scholarships may be available.


To register for this upcoming Small Business Planning Course, please complete the form below and one of our team members will follow up with you.


“The continued commitment toward mentoring me, and the genuine concern for my success has been the continuing legacy of the Community Loan Fund. There has been a partnership and a belief that I can succeed.”

Susan Dunckel, Sweet Sue’s Copper Pot

“The Community Loan Fund provided the platform that I needed to write my business plan. They are teaching me how to grow a sustainable business. Their ongoing technical assistance is helping me identify the resources that I need to take my business to the next level.”

Karen Maxwell, Kema’s Kreations

“The Community Loan Fund really helped me to fine tune and take a deep dive into certain aspects of my business plan, such as financials and marketing…”

Charlotte Guyton, Bard and Baker Board Game Café

Graduates of the 8-Week Business Planning Course in Schenectady

Graduates of the 8-Week Business Planning in Delmar