Micro-enterprise Development Program


Micro-enterprise Development Program

Genesee Co-op FCU started this special program in response to the needs of its member business owners, as well as the businesses in the neighborhoods surrounding the credit union's office. We are the recipient of a grant from the Empire State Development Corporation which helps us assist underserved entrepreneurs, in particular women or minority business owners. Our loans and services are available to all members of the credit union. If you are not currently a member, you are also able to apply for a micro-enterprise loan but will be required to become a member if you are approved for the loan. However, financial and tax review services are available for CU members only.


Micro-Business Loans up to $25,000

We offer entrepreneurs a variety of options for their borrowing needs. Typically we start with a smaller loan of $2,000 - $5,000 but we will make a micro-business loan up to $25,000, depending on the borrower's credit score, ability to repay/cash flow, business experience (start-up versus long-term business) and our knowledge of you as a member. We offer both unsecured and secured loan options. Please contact our Loan Officer at 461-2230, x 16 for more information about applying for a micro-business loan.


Business Line-of-Credit up to $10,000

We offer a line-of-credit from $100 - $10,000 for your business when personally guaranteed. Please contact our Loan Officer at 461-2230, x 16 for more information about applying for a Business Line-of-Credit.


Business Training and Referrals

We provide our members with our recommendations for business training as part of our review of business plans. We will also help micro-entrepreneurs with suggestions about the format and content of the business plan, if they are in need of developing a formal business plan. We refer many people to our Community Partnership Organizations, who are able to help with developing a business plan and other forms of technical assistance. We offer feedback on your business plan: what we see as its strengths and weaknesses, areas for improvement or what else needs to be addressed. We want our members' businesses to succeed and are happy to provide our feedback as a potential lender or customer of the business! Contact our Loan Officer at 461-2230, x16 for more information about this service. Community Partnership Organizations

  • South Wedge Planning Committee (SWPC) is a neighborhood-base grassroots community development corporation serving the South Wedge Urban Village in Rochester, NY. The following is from the SWPC website: www.swpc.org.

    SWPC began its business advising and development program in 2001. The program has been a collaborative effort between SWPC, SUNY Geneseo and the Business Association of the South Wedge Area (BASWA). In the past year approximately 68 individuals and businesses have received advisory services through the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Geneseo. SWPC is pleased to offer local business one-on-one consultations with small business experts. We help business create business plans, secure retail space and apply for grants and funding. These services are all offered free of charge.

    If you are interested in starting a business here in the South Wedge, please give us a call. We can help you get started. For more information about our business assistance programs, please contact Eilleen Thomas at (585) 256-1740 ext.103.
  • The Urban League of Rochester's Business Development Center assists minorities and women in launching and growing their businesses through classroom instruction and one-on-one technical assistance. We also assist dislocated workers, the disabled, and other small aspiring businesspersons, in the start-up, development and/or expansion of independent self-owned micro enterprise ventures. The Center is one of 20 Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) Centers in NY State, funded by New York State's Empire State Development. The Business Development Center holds monthly orientation sessions for new or prospective clients.

    Classes are offered twice a year. An 18-hour Mini Workshop Series is offered each spring and a 60-hour Business Planning Workshop Series is offered from September to December each year. One-on-one counseling is offered year round. The Center is funded by the Empire State Development Corporation, State Farm Insurance Companies, and The Women's Foundation of Genesee Valley. Entrepreneurs pay an annual membership fee of $75, which entitles them to all Center services and training workshops.

    The Urban League of Rochester has been an EAP Center for 20 years and received a 2007 Award for Excellence for "Outstanding Program Performance and Achievement and Dedication to the Entrepreneurs of New York State."

    For more information, contact Stephanie Miles at the Business Development Center at 585.325.6530 ext. 3066 or gro.rlu@selims.


Financial and Tax Reviews

We provide our members with the free service of reviewing your financial statements with you — whether for a DBA or a separate corporation to provide you with advice or suggestions about the financial condition of the business. We will also assist you with some tax information or provide you with referrals, including for free income tax preparation if you qualify. We will review your taxes or assist you in setting up accounts for saving for your sales and or income taxes.

Our Members make the difference.

Member Since 1982

"I've been a member since the Credit Union was just Dave Knoll with a cardtable in the hallway of the old Genesee Coop on Saturday mornings. I've never been tempted to go anywhere else since that time, even though I now live thirty miles away. I like dealing with nice staff who know my name, who are eager to help, and who are dedicated to financial literacy and empowerment. Plus, it's good to know that my money is being used to invest in people rather than fill the pockets of the wealthiest.

In addition to savings and checking I've turned to the credit union for debit cards, line-of-credit, auto financing, on-line banking, and a home mortgage. I've now financed at least four cars through the credit union, and I've successfully encouraged friends to do the same.

One of my boldest statements ever in the face of raw financial power was when the car dealer required me to sit through a presentation on their financing. My response: "I'm a loyal credit union member, and I'll stick with it even if you offer me zero percent. If I ever get in trouble, the Credit Union will help me work it out, but you guys'll just send the collection agent after me." The guy just gulped and that was that.


And I don't want to forget to mention that as a Credit Union member I get to vote. Real democracy - awesome!

Genesee Co-op Federal Credit Union - it's the best deal in town!"

James Renfrew

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