Qaadir Islam uses power of language to lift people up at Universal Concepts

Qaadir Islam, life coach and owner of Universal Concepts, says that words make people. Islam has been working with clients dealing with addiction, trauma, and other issues for more than 20 years, and in that time, he has been convinced of the power of language to both lift people up, and hold people back.

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Anderson Construction bids on bigger jobs – with help from the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region

This small family-owned construction company wanted to bid on larger jobs, but, as the saying goes, ‘You have to spend money to make money.’ A revolving line of credit from the Loan Fund will help Anderson Construction cover labor expenses related to a large affordable housing project they have just been awarded. The project will take place in several phases, and could include as many as 89 new units. It’s a great addition to their portfolio, and could help them scale up for future projects.

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Shelters of Saratoga saves homeless from dangerously frigid temperatures

The cold came early this year, and that has left many homeless people vulnerable to below-freezing temperatures. Thanks to Code Blue Saratoga, these men and women can come in from the cold. Karen Gregory, Executive Director for Shelters of Saratoga, drives the 10-person van around Saratoga Springs picking up people…

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Spa Halcyon creates relaxation and sense of purpose

John Bowers, owner of Spa Halcyon

John Bowers had been working as a massage therapist for 20 years before he decided to open his own studio; like his massages, he didn’t take it lightly. A licensed massage therapist and esthetician, Bowers had worked at various gyms and spas and knew he had the skills necessary to…

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HomeFront working on the frontlines to keep low-income seniors in safe, warm homes

Owners of older mobile homes can face a number of challenges: water damage, wiring that isn’t up to code, damaged insulation, and roofing issues. Plus, many don’t hold heat well, which leads to high energy costs. In fact, owners may pay several hundred dollars a month for fuel. And if…

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