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In 1979, a group of small businesses wanted to expand and couldn't get capital from the banking system.

Alternatives was chartered to address that problem. Serving small business, as well as non-profits, is promoting smart community development. Small businesses, especially start-ups, are engines of local economic development. Small businesses play a major role in job creation in New York, creating 80% of all new jobs.

Most banks ignore businesses when they have less than a million dollars in annual sales. Small business or "micro-enterprise" lending is our specialty. Alternatives designs products and services to meet the needs of small businesses: retail, service, small manufacturers, home-based businesses, cooperatives, worker-owned businesses, non-profits and start-ups. 

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Chris Setlock

In the spring of 2014, we learned that our minivan needed repairs in excess of it's value. We'd already been cutting back on our auto use, and were trying to walk and bike more. We'd been talking with friends and reading about cargo bikes as a car alternative. Around the same time, a new business, "Boxy Bikes" opened in Ithaca, which specializes in electric and cargo bikes. We found a model we were interested in, and approached alternatives seeking financing. Alternatives set us up with a signature loan, and a "green loan" discount on our rate. Thanks to Alternatives, we are now the happy owners of a "Yuba Mundo" Electric Cargo bike. We can get anywhere we need to go, using no gas, and creating no emissions. I can carry two passengers, or a weeks worth of groceries. The loan will be paid off in two years, and the bike could last for many more, at a fraction of the cost of an automobile.


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