Capital Region Advancement Fund Success Stories

Yono, Donna Purnomo and Dominick Purnomo standing at bar“Nothing in our 38-year history with Yono’s and 14 + years with dp an American Brasserie, both in downtown Albany, prepared us for the prolonged uncertainty and devastation caused by COVID-19. The terms of the Capital Region Advancement Fund Loan are simply unbeatable. The loan eased the stress and pressure of the day-to-day operating expenses. The Chamber kept everything moving forward and was extremely responsive and proactive during the entire process. We are beyond grateful to have had this sustaining bridge to the better days that we know are coming.”

Donna J. Purnomo, co-owner, Yono’s and dp an American Brasserie

photo of two girls posing with artwork“Without question, the pandemic has exacted a heavy toll on small businesses, and ours is no exception. SilverGraphics offers fundraising solutions to elementary schools across the country. When schools closed, our business came to a near standstill. We realized a need to quickly adapt to virtual online platforms. This meant upgrading our website and equipment at a time of decreased cash flow. The low interest Advancement Fund loan will help us stay relevant and meet the needs of our clients. We are very grateful for the Capital Region Chamber and their investment in the success of local businesses like ours. In turn, we can continue our mission to help schools raise funds for needed supplies, equipment, technology, and other student support services.”

Betty Dufresne, owner, SilverGraphics Studios 

“The Advancement Fund saved my business! Because I was able to deal with a person who cared (Director, Business Lending John Skrobela), I was guided through a painless process that enabled me to obtain the funds needed to perform needed repairs on our vessel and get ready to reopen in 2021, with a good chance to get back on our feet.”

Captain Marla Hodge, Captain/Owner, Mohawk Maiden Cruises