John Stage EventPart of what makes the Community Loan Fund’s lending program so effective is that we also offer specialized training and workshops to social and micro entrepreneurs – providing financial support on the front end as well as management and training on the back end.

Over the past year, we’ve hosted workshops on: marketing and branding, how to set up a nonprofit, quick books and accounting, payroll and human resources, copyright and intellectual property – just to name a few.

Check out our calendar to see what workshops are being offered.  Is there a topic you would like to see covered?  Contact Paul at and let him know.

Free Legal Clinics

Do you have questions about:

  • The various forms of business ownership and how to establish your structure
  • Purchasing an existing business
  • Trademarks/copyrights
  • Protecting Assets
  • Leases, closing, permit/zoning issues
  • Contracts—purchase contracts, work contracts
  • Financing—commitment letters, pre-conditions, closings

In addition to workshops, the Community Loan Fund, in partnership with The Legal Project of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association, holds quarterly legal clinics.  Volunteer attorneys with expertise in business-related issues meet with small business owners for a free, one-on-one consultation.  Registration is required.  Check out our events page to sign up for the next Free Legal Clinic or contact The Legal Project at (518) 435-1770.