Wilbur Session, owner of WJ’s Ultimate Cleaning, makes a clean sweep

Wilbur Session’s company WJ’s Ultimate Industrial Cleaning and Floors has nearly tripled in size since he started it in 2015. With a loan from the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region, Session was able to purchase equipment and turn a part-time enterprise into a large successful company with 5…

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The Bundle Store wraps up natural parenting products, classes, with advice and warmth

The Bundle Store is the Capital District’s first Natural Parenting Store, specializing in natural wellness during and after pregnancy for mom and baby. “When I opened The Bundle Store in 2013 with the help of The Community Loan Fund, my goal was to build an open and casual space that brought awareness to and connected all of the many options of birth and parenting that exist in the Capital Region,” says owner Amber Chaves.

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Community Loan Fund launches Online Training, with support from JPMorgan Chase

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region and JPMorgan Chase have partnered to launch a new online training program for entrepreneurs. The online training platform was created using a $175,000 grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and it is based on the curriculum and workshops developed by the Loan…

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Beautiful and unusual: Makeup Curio makes up witches one day and brides the next

At Makeup Curio, Jenn Dugan “blends the beautiful and the unusual,” and provides a mix of makeup and esthetic services. Her services include special occasion makeup – and special effects makeup. Dugan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design from Marist College, an Associates in Business Administration from Schenectady County Community College and her NYS Esthetics License. She opened the Makeup Curio in downtown Schenectady in 2017 with a loan from the Community Loan Fund.

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This couple is on fire for dance – and you will be, too

Natalia O’Connor is a National Champion, World Semi-finalists and World Cup Finalist in ballroom dancing. She and her partner, Florin Vlad, have represented the United States at FIVE World Championships! In 2017, this couple opened Dance Fire Studio & Fitness in Niskayuna, so they could share their talent and technique…

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Please join us for 34th Annual Community Loan Fund Celebration

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region is turning 34 years old! Please join us for our Annual Community Loan Fund Celebration. We’ll enjoy food, festivities, and presentations from our borrowers. Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019 Time: 5pm-7pm Location: Washington Park Lakehouse, Washington Park, Albany RSVP at Eventbrite or…

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Puzzles Bakery offers a missing piece for the community

Sara Mae Pratt, owner of Puzzles Bakery

Pratt started Puzzles in 2015, with help from the Community Loan Fund. “I’m a firm believer that every dollar we spend in our communities is like casting a vote for the world we want to live in,” says Pratt. “We are so fortunate that the Community Loan Fund was willing to invest in Puzzles Bakery & Café early on– this allowed us to open our doors for business and fulfill our mission of providing meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with special needs.”

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