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June 25, 2012

WEDC seeks input from credit unions

In this video series, Paul Jadin, President/Secretary of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. explains the mision of the WEDC to support job creation and a robust economy in Wisconsin. Credit unions are invited to dialog with WEDC in July (see the related article, "Register Now..." below).

Harness your members' support for business lending bill
Credit union's members can be the difference in the grassroots effort to gain support from Wisconsin's U.S. Senators Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson for federal legislation, S. 2231, that will help small businesses and create jobs. FULL STORY

Register now to offer input to state economic development corp.
Credit unions are invited to a July 26 dialog with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) that will look at ways to make Wisconsin's financial industry a more competitive and robust sector of the state economy. The WEDC is the state's leading economic development entity that was created by Governor Scott Walker's special session on jobs and replaced the Department of Commerce in July 2011. FULL STORY

NCUA will listen to your appeals following exams
Did you know that NCUA offers six different levels to appeal an exam? Did you know that NCUA also offers a confidential channel to report on examiners and that your credit union has protection from reprisal? In this guest column, NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz explains the agency's appeals process and why you should use it. FULL STORY

League, WI bankers groups urge lawmakers to support ATM bill
The Wisconsin Credit Union League, the Wisconsin Bankers Association and the Community Bankers of Wisconsin sent a joint letter to Wisconsin's Congressional delegation urging their co-sponsorship of a bill that would eliminate the requirement that a physical disclosure be placed on ATMs stating that fees may be charged. So far, Wisconsin's U.S. Representatives Sean Duffy, Gwen Moore and Tom Petri have signed on as bill co-sponsors. FULL STORY

Grow your CU by leveraging its purpose
If you think your members just want a checking account, online access and fairly priced loans, think again. At The League's Innovators & Educators Roundtable Aug. 15, you'll learn to deliver what consumers really want when choosing any product or service, and how credit unions' unique purpose and values can satisfy that craving in ways the competition can't to achieve bottom line results and membership growth. Josh Allison, Founder and Chief Ideator for Think Café, a consulting company, and Development manager for Horizon CU, offers a preview. FULL STORY

Want free or reduced Roundtable registration? It's an award perk!
Credit unions that apply by July 20 for the Desjardins, Dora Maxwell and Louise Herring Awards all receive an extra perk—more than half off the price of one registration to The League's idea-packed Innovators & Educators Roundtable in Madison this summer. First-place winners can send one attendee for free! The awards recognize the meaningful impact of credit unions' unique member service philosophy, financial education and community service. FULL STORY

Visitor finds help in WI for China's CU, co-op system
The Wisconsin League shared insights with a visitor from China in June with the goal of forming a national association for credit unions and a cooperative training and extension center in China Agricultural University. Ronghua Ju, an associate professor at the College of Economics and Management at the University, visited Credit Union House on the Capitol Square in Madison, Wis., where she shared her goals for credit union development in China. FULL STORY

Business development conference invites credit union participation
Credit unions looking to expand their REAL Solutions may wish to participate in “Marketplace 2012, the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development,” an annual conference set for Oct. 15 and 16 in Milwaukee. The event helps Wisconsin’s minority, disabled veteran and women business enterprises network, build capacity and showcase their products and services. Check out the event website and sponsorship opportunities.

Wisconsin youth save nearly a quarter of a million dollars in April
Over $246,323 was saved by Wisconsin's young credit union members as part of the 2012 Youth Savings Challenge, held during the month of April in conjunction with National Credit Union Youth Week. During this year's challenge, 2,019 young members in Wisconsin under the age of 18 made deposits for an average of about $80 per child. 205 new youth accounts were opened. FULL STORY

CU House/Hike the Hill event set for October 2-3
Ensure your credit union has a voice with Wisconsin's Congressional delegation by attending The League's annual Credit Union House/Hike the Hill event in Washington, D.C., October 2-3. It's your chance to network with Members of Congress and discuss issues that are important to Wisconsin's credit unions. FULL STORY

Raise money for The Foundation, have fun at
The League Invitational

Enjoy a day of golf and help raise funds for the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation at The League Invitational on July 19. FULL STORY

Chip/PIN standards to reduce fraud, improve consumer experience
Recently, the Secure Remote Payments Council (SRPc) announced the formation of a PIN debit working group. This group will lead the important work of defining a common standard for chip and PIN acceptance among the PIN debit networks. This guest column from the STAR® Network weighs in on the critical steps being taken toward fully embracing the new technology standards for the payments industry. FULL STORY

Are you sure your IT security is compliant?
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