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Business Advising

Stay up to date with our business services like: virtual workshops, resources, and advising by signing up for our important Business Updates enewsletterBe the first to know about new grant programs, special loan funds, and business development opportunities. 

Are you considering a business idea? Exploring the feasibility of a business? Expanding or operating a business but want to learn more? Starting or advancing a nonprofit? We're here for you.

Credit Building for Entrepreneurs

When a business receives a loan, all owners of the business are required to sign on as "loan guarantors." As a result, to be approved for a loan, it is very important for entrepreneurs to establish a positive credit history and repair any "blips" that may show up in a credit check. Cooperative Federal's financial counselors can help you

  • review and understand your credit report
  • dispute errors
  • deal with debts
  • consolidate payments, and
  • enhance your credit score.

Contact our financial counseling team at (315) 476-1451 to schedule an appointment.

More One-on-One Business Advising

Our business program staff can meet with you to discuss your business ideas, give feedback on your business plan and marketing strategy, answer questions about obtaining and successfully managing business loans, and help you and your business become successful borrowers. We encourage our borrowers to meet with advisors before and after receiving a loan. We want to be partners in your success! For more information, call (315) 473-0249 or email

Community Partner Referrals

If you need intensive assistance developing or enhancing your business plan, finding a mentor, or selecting a business readiness course, Cooperative Federal can refer you to expert business advisors at local non-profit organization. Check out our Resources page or call (315) 476-1451 for more info.


Cooperative Federal periodically offers workshops and seminars to small business owners, in collaboration with partner organizations. Take a look at our Business Seminar Descriptions. For more information about upcoming workshops, call (315) 476-1451.