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Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise… see more progress.

Since 1985, the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region has loaned more than $61 million and leveraged more than $218 million for equitable economic development in the Capital Region. The organization provides low-cost/no-cost trainings to help entrepreneurs get started. Training workshops cover financial planning, branding and marketing, legal issues, insurance, payroll and HR, and more. Community Loan Fund has launched a new online training platform aimed at minority and women owned businesses and is working to expand its Business Incubator.

We learn more from Executive Director of the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region Linda MacFarlane; Board Member of the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region Louise McNeilly; Molly Belmont director of community relations and development; and owner of The Hat Boutique Ethel Walker. The Hat Boutique is located at the Community Loan Fund incubator at 255 Orange Street in Albany, New York.  

Westchester has a new program designed to launch businesses in the county. The idea is to inspire and nurture entrepreneurial talent.

Westchester Launches Startup Incubator

Mar 31, 2019

In New York, Westchester has a new program to develop businesses in the county.

At nineteen, Brian Scudamore pioneered the industry of professional junk removal with 1-800-GOT-JUNK?. He then scaled that success into three more home-service brands, WOW 1 DAY PAINTING, You Move Me, and Shack Shine.

Entrepreneurship is a roller coaster of trial and error, laughter and tears, confusion and triumph. In WTF?! (Willing to Fail), serial entrepreneur Brian Scudamore takes you on an adventure that will convince you once and for all that you have exactly what it takes to succeed.

Ken Langone started as a hard-working teenager who dug ditches and collected used cardboard. Now, he’s a billionaire and business icon: a co-founder of Home Depot, a former director of the New York Stock Exchange, and a world-class philanthropist.

It wasn’t easy for an Italian-American kid from a blue-collar family to break into the clubby, WASP-dominated world of Wall Street in the late 1950s. But Langone pulled it off as he explains in his new book, "I Love Capitalism!: An American Story."

In his popular new TED Talk "What reality are you creating for yourself?," former Saved by the Bell teen star-turned-entrepreneur Isaac Lidsky recalls how the sales person he waved to in the store was really a mannequin, and how he reached down to wash his hands and realized it was a urinal and not a sink.

He learned of his diagnosis at thirteen: a degenerative eye disease that would lead to his blindness by age 25. After initially believing his blindness signaled the end of his independence and achievement, Lidsky found other pathways of perception, turning his life around with his Eyes Wide Open philosophy.

He graduated from Harvard Law School, worked as a law clerk under the guidance of Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and eventually became an entrepreneur.

His new book is Eyes Wide Open: Overcoming Obstacles And Recognizing Opportunities In A World That Can't See Clearly, where Isaac Lidsky probes the many facets of perception, detailing the neuroscience of sight and drawing on his own experience to show how our perception shapes—and often limits—our reality. 

Young, searching, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year, 1963.

Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is more than a logo. A symbol of grace and greatness, it’s one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.

Phil Knight's new book is Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike.