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Alternatives FCU

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125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
(607) 273-4611 www.alternatives.org

Alternatives Federal Credit Union is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), dedicated to building wealth and creating economic opportunity for underserved people and communities.

Our mission

To build wealth and create economic opportunity for underserved people and communities.

Our vision

We are leading an economic movement to create thriving, empowered communities with financial freedom for everyone.

February 2018

Becoming a Business Owner – Train the Trainer Program : Special Opportunity for BLOC members.

February 26, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Business Leaders of Colors (BLOC) members currently have an opportunity to participate in a Train the Trainer program created by Alternatives FCU especially for our group. Participants in the program will be trained as instructors to teach Alternatives’ Becoming a Business Owner workshop in your communities. Normally this program is $150 registration, but BLOC members can access this training free before May 2018, thanks to grant funding.  You will receive all materials and instruction while working with the advisors in the…

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March 2018

Becoming a Business Owner – Train the Trainer Program : Part 2

March 5, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Business Leaders of Colors (BLOC) members currently have an opportunity to participate in a Train the Trainer program created by Alternatives FCU especially for our group. Participants in the program will be trained as instructors to teach Alternatives’ Becoming a Business Owner workshop in your communities. Normally this program is $150 registration, but BLOC members can access this training free before May 2018, thanks to grant funding.  You will receive all materials and instruction while working with the advisors in the…

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Entrepreneur Panel: Financing a Business

March 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Tompkins Workforce New York and Alternatives' Business Cents are co-sponsoring an Entrepreneur Panel addressing the theme “Financing a Business” on Thursday, March 22nd, from 9:00-11:00am, at the Tompkins County Public Library’s Borg Warner Room. This event will be FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC for those considering entrepreneurship or those already in the process of developing a business. Speakers will share their experiences with financing their businesses utilizing: crowdfunding, self-funding, loans and matching grants. Panelists will provide a brief business…

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April 2018

A Quick Guide to Content Creation with Karlem

April 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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$30.00

We live in the Age of Content Marketing. Organizations and businesses understand the important of having a social media presence, but few have a team dedicated to crafting the amount of content necessary to stay relevant and afloat in the sea of visuals flooding the world. In this workshop, you will learn what it means to have high quality content and how to identify the messages you want to tell, and start thinking about creating ways to communicate that message…

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June 2018

Coffee Talk

June 13, 2018 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 am
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An event every month that begins at 9:15am on day Second of the month, repeating indefinitely

Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Free

Coffee Talk is a peer mentoring business circle open to all. Drop in, brainstorm, find solutions, and gain insight with other small business owners. When Every second Wednesday of the month, from 9:15am-10:30am. Where Alternatives FCU 2nd floor 125 N. Fulton St Ithaca, NY 14850 For more information, contact us by email at cents@alternatives.org or by phone at (607) 216-3423.

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Becoming a Business Owner

June 21, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:30am on Thursday, repeating until June 28, 2018

Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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$150.00

Dates:                         June 21st & 28th, 2018 Times:                        8:30am-4:00pm Location:                    Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce 214 North Franklin Street Watkins Glen, NY 14891 Registration Fee:        $150.00 (Lunch is provided) RSVP Information:     Please register by visiting Alternatives.org -> Community Programs -> Business CENTS -> Register for a class.   About The Class Becoming a Business Owner 101 is presented by the Alternatives Federal Credit Union Business Cents. The course will cover typical requirements and challenges of starting and operating…

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August 2018

She Means Business

August 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - August 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Free

She Means Business; An Entrepreneurial Workshop for Young Women ages 13-16 Dates:                         August 6th - 10th Times:                        9: 00am -4:00pm Location:                  125 N Fulton St, 2nd floor Registration Fee:      We are able to offer this event at no cost due to the generosity of our supporters (Lunch and snacks are provided, a vegetarian option is available. Please feel welcome…

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October 2018

Gather Insight into your Website Traffic by Understanding Analytics Data and Trends

October 12, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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$30.00

About the class This class will be led by Julianna Truesdale and Brandon Kelloway, Managing Partners of True Creative. This workshop is focused on providing attendees instructional information on how to setup, access, manage, review, and analyze their website traffic data and trends through the use of website analytics tools. This workshop offers small business leaders, marketing professionals, and entrepreneurs practical insights to understanding the impact website analytics can have on their business and how to use it. There are…

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December 2018

Coffee Talk

December 13, 2018 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Coffee Talk is a peer mentoring business circle open to all. Drop in, brainstorm, find solutions, and gain insight with other small business owners.  

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Get Your Business Organized

December 13, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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$30.00

As a business owner, you probably have more things to do every day than you have time to do them. When you sit down to focus on the back end office piece of managing your business, you need this time to be productive and efficient! Many people are operating on a small cleared space on a desk that is more hindrance than help. Drawers are filled with stuff you don't need (sometimes from the previous person who used the desk),…

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January 2019

Coffee Talk

January 10 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Coffee Talk is a peer mentoring business circle open to all. Drop in, brainstorm, find solutions, and gain insight with other small business owners. Please join us for our January topic: Accounting and bookkeeping There is no cost to participate but a rsvp is requested. Please let us know if you will be attending here.

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Money Smart for Business

January 31 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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This class takes place over the course of two Thursdays, Jan 31st & Feb 7th
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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$150.00

About the class Money Smart for Small Business (MSSB) provides a practical introduction to topics related to starting and managing a business. We include 13 modules listed below that cover a wide range of interests and knowledge level 1. Is Owning an business a Good Fit for You? 2. Planning for a Healthy Business 3. Managing Cash Flow 4. Banking Services 5. Organizations Types 6. Time Management 7. Financial Management 8. Record Keeping 9. Credit Reporting 10. Risk Management 11.…

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February 2019

Coffee Talk

February 13 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Coffee Talk is a peer mentoring business circle open to all. Drop in, brainstorm, find solutions, and gain insight with other small business owners. Please join us for our February topic: Building a Strategic Marketing Plan There is no cost to participate but a rsvp is requested. Please let us know if you will be attending here.

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March 2019

Coffee Talk

March 13 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Coffee Talk is a peer mentoring business circle open to all. Drop in, brainstorm, find solutions, and gain insight with other small business owners. Please join us for our March topic: Creating a Strategic Marketing Plan There is no cost to participate but a rsvp is requested. Please let us know if you will be attending here.

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April 2019

Coffee Talk

April 10 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Coffee Talk is a peer mentoring business circle open to all. Drop in, brainstorm, find solutions, and gain insight with other small business owners. Please join us for our April topic: Succeeding in Direct Sales There is no cost to participate but a rsvp is requested. Please let us know if you will be attending here

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Help! I don’t know how much I should charge for my product or service

April 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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$35.00

About the class In this session we will take the mystery out of setting a price for your product or service. We will look at how to determine the costs that go into creating your work. This includes the actual material costs and overhead expenses. Equipped with this information and an understanding of planning for profit, you will feel confident in setting your prices in your business.

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May 2019

Coffee Talk

May 8 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Coffee Talk is a peer mentoring business circle open to all. Drop in, brainstorm, find solutions, and gain insight with other small business owners. Please join us for our May topic: Social Media Management There is no cost to participate but a rsvp is requested. Please let us know if you will be attending here

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Is my business flying blind in a snowstorm?

May 30 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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$35.00

About the class In this session we will consider the topic of financial management. Being a pilot and flying your business requires an instrument panel. Your financial management instrument panel includes the Balance Sheet, Profit & Loss Statement, & Cash Flow Projections. Without understanding these basic instruments it is impossible to understand the trajectory of your business- whether you are heading up, up and away or about to nosedive into a mountain.

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June 2019

Coffee Talk

June 12 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 am
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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Coffee Talk is a peer mentoring business circle open to all. Drop in, brainstorm, find solutions, and gain insight with other small business owners. Please join us for our June topic: How to Perform Market Research There is no cost to participate but a rsvp is requested. Please let us know if you will be attending here

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Bills are stacking up, expenses growing, and sales are slow! How do I avoid the cash crunch?

June 20 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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$35.00

About this workshop In this session you will learn what a cash flow projection is and how to manage your cash in accordance with a plan. A cash flow management plan can ward off serious problems and empower you to make the best possible decisions regarding how to spend your business dollars on a day to day basis.

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July 2019

Money Smart for Small Business- July 11th & 18th

July 11 @ 8:30 am - July 18 @ 4:30 pm
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This workshop takes place over two full days
Alternatives FCU, 125 N Fulton St
Ithaca, NY 14850 United States
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$150.00

Lunch will be provided, a vegetarian option is available. This workshop takes place over two full days. About the class Money Smart for Small Business (MSSB) provides a practical introduction to topics related to starting and managing a business. We include 12 modules listed below that cover a wide range of interests and knowledge level 1. Is Owning an business a Good Fit for You? 2. Planning for a Healthy Business 3. Managing Cash Flow 4. Banking Services 5. Organizations…

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