Business Assistance

Watervliet Local Development Corporation

The WLDC is a private not-for-profit corporation established for the purpose of stimulating economic development activities and encouraging business investment in the City of Watervliet. Its primary objectives include revitalizing the City to increase employment opportunities, attract new business and encourage existing businesses to expand. The WLDC offers unique financing opportunities to business and property owners looking to construct, acquire, rehabilitate and improve buildings or sites in the City.

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Center for Economic Growth

CEG is a private, member supported economic and business development organization dedicated to developing and promoting efforts to attract high-tech innovative services to bolster local businesses. CEG assists local manufacturing and technology companies with effective business strategies, training and assistance through sponsored programs and technical consulting services.

CEG programs include: SMART Start, which unites emerging technology-related companies with investors and professional service providers; TVAN connects entrepreneurs with potential investors; and the Venture Bplan series, a monthly forum where start-up ventures are invited to present their business plans and financial needs before a panel of investors and a general audience.

For more information, call (518) 465-8975 or visit

The Community Loan Fund, Inc.

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region is a nonprofit community development financial institution serving the Capital Region of New York State. Incorporated in 1985, their mission is to promote sustainable community development efforts for economically underserved people and communities. We provide access to capital by pooling investments and donations from socially concerned individuals and organizations, and relending it to non-profit organizations for housing and community improvement, to micro enterprises for business development, and to individuals for home ownership and repair. We also offer training and technical assistance programs.

For more information call (518) 436-8586 or (518) 434-1730, visit their website at or stop by 255 Orange Street in Albany

Capital Region Chamber of Commerce

The Capital Region Chamber represents 2,200 businesses and organizations of all types and sizes and from throughout the Capital Region that employ more than 110,000 area residents. The Chamber strives to be a catalyst for growth and prosperity for their members and the Capital Region by providing leadership, advocacy and resources.

For more information, call (518) 431-1400 or visit