9-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 9-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, April 27th-June 29th 9am-12pm

Live on Zoom with access to an E-learning platform

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

The tuition for the course is $275.00 and includes class materials.


*FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS* Scholarships may be available and you should reach out directly to rose@mycommunityloanfund.org.

*If you or your organization would like to sponsor a scholarship, please inquire directly to Destiny@mycommunityloanfund.org.

The class covers:

9 sequential 3-hour sessions presented by community experts in business topics

Sessions include business plan writing, legal issues, marketing, credit and financing, bookkeeping, financial management, social media marketing and website development.

An online resource page is available anytime during the course to provide weekly resources (content depends on the session) such as: handouts, links, slide-decks, and replays.

Community Loan Fund staff are available throughout and after the course to provide 1:1 assistance and facilitate you taking your individual business project to the next level.

Spring Syllabus


“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 9-Week Business Planning Course in Schenectady

Graduates of the 9-Week Business Planning in Delmar