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8-Week Business Planning Course graduate launches Bring on the Spectrum

Lisa Audi has just launched Bring on the Spectrum, a nonprofit organization with community space and sensory gym for neurodiverse individuals of all ages and abilities, and their families. The 6,000 square-foot space on Fuller Road includes sensory gym and community space, party room, and learning resources and offers social, recreational, and lifestyle activities. The sensory gym features two spaces, one for [Read More]

Community Loan Fund Wins $1 Million from U.S. Treasury

The Community Loan Fund is pleased to announce that it was the recipient of $1,025,000 from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). The 36-year-old community organization will receive $500,000 in a base award to increase volume of products and services and another $525,000 to enhance the organization’s capacity to address challenges of individuals with disabilities. [Read More]

Community Loan Fund Announces New Leader of Training and Technical Assistance: Lending Officer Destiny Watkins promoted to lead Training Department

This week, the Community Loan Fund announced that Community Development Lending Officer Destiny Watkins will succeed Paul Stewart as the CDFI’s new Manager of Training and Technical Assistance. Watkins was promoted to the position because of her dynamic skillset, her thorough understanding of the market, and her long commitment to economic justice. Watkins has been with the Community Loan Fund for seven [Read More]

Woman’s Club updates historic club – with help from the Community Loan Fund

The Woman's Club of Albany is updating its historic clubhouse on Madison Avenue - with help from the Community Loan Fund. The Woman's Club is closing on a $148,500 line of credit to install ramp, update electrical systems, and renovate the front entrance. "The construction is supported in part by the NYS Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation; however, the Woman’s [Read More]

Community Loan Fund Training Director Paul Stewart Announces Retirement After 23 Years

Paul Stewart, Director of Training at the Community Loan Fund announced that he is retiring in January 2022, after 23 years with the organization. During his time with the organization, he has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs get their start. “Paul Stewart is a community servant, with a long career in advancing racial equity and community development,” says Linda MacFarlane, Executive Director of [Read More]

Community Loan Fund celebrates 36 Years of Community-Supported Lending

On Thursday, October 21, the Community Loan Fund celebrated 36 years of community-supported lending and training at the STEAM Garden on Central Avenue. The party included food from local restaurants, exhibits by small business owners, and a ceremony honoring the organization’s long-term investors. “The Community Loan Fund is blessed with the best clients in the Capital Region. We work with small businesses [Read More]

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