Advising and Assistance

Guidance and Support for Small Businesses

Are you considering a business idea? Hatching a plan to expand? Starting or advancing a nonprofit? Coop Fed is here for you.

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Here for the 6/13/2024 Business Pitch Competition? Click "Request a Consultation" and our Business Consultant, Kira Crawford, will reach out to you. Good luck!

Join our Business Email List for important updates. Get alerts about grants, exclusive programs, and other small business resources as they become available.

Meet with our business specialists to discuss your business ideas, get feedback on your business plan and marketing strategy, ask questions about business financing, and prepare funding applications. We encourage our borrowers to meet with advisors before and after receiving a loan. We want to be partners in your success!

If you need a formal business course, a mentor, or hands-on assistance creating a business plan, Cooperative Federal can refer you to expert business advisors at local non-profit organizations. Check out our Resources or send us a message.

When a business applies for a loan, the decision is partly based on the owner’s financial background. For that reason, it’s very important for entrepreneurs to build good credit and work on repairing any negative history. Cooperative Federal partners with the Syracuse Financial Empowerment Center to help you:

  • Review and understand your credit report
  • Dispute errors
  • Deal with debts
  • Consolidate payments, and
  • Enhance your credit score.

Make an appointment with the Syracuse Financial Empowerment Center.

Cooperative Federal periodically offers seminars and webinars for small business owners. Topics include credit building, how to prepare a successful loan application, getting your business documents organized, cash flow projections, microbusiness grants, and more. Join our email list for webinar alerts, or contact us if you’re interested in organizing a session.