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June 5, 2012

What's your small business success story?

Credit unions have great stories when it comes to serving member business owners. If you have a member who can share a story on video like this member from Summit Credit Union, please let us know. It will be a powerful tool in convincing Wisconsin's two U.S. Senators to support, S.2231, federal legislation that will help create jobs by extending additional credit to small businesses (see "Keep the pressure on," below).

Keep the pressure on: S.2231 needs continued pressure to pass
The League is working with credit unions individually to ensure they deploy a range of advocacy efforts that will keep the contacts arriving in both of Wisconsin's U.S. Senators' offices in support of S. 2231. The proposed legislation, which will help small businesses and create jobs, awaits a vote by the full Senate but may never get that far without commitments from Senators Ron Johnson and Herb Kohl. FULL STORY

Credit unions delivering big service through shared branching
On their own, credit unions could never match the physical presence that large, commercial banks have nationwide. But they have collaborated to offer member access that rivals the biggest U.S. financial institutions. FULL STORY

Credit unions to share insights on job creation
Credit unions will share their expertise helping small businesses in Wisconsin as part of a dialog with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to expand on opportunities for statewide job creation. The event, tentatively set for the week of July 23 near the Fox Valley, will introduce the WEDC to credit union leaders, provide an overview of the financial services industry in Wisconsin and explore areas for collaboration, including through a financial services consortium. For more information, contact Sarah Wainscott at (608) 514-0086. Credit unions have been instrumental in keeping small businesses operating since the start of the recession, having increased their business lending 52.3% since December of 2007.

Workplace investor ed program returning this fall, webinars announced
A new round of Investor Education in Your Workplace (IEiYW) courses are slated to begin this October in Wisconsin. IEiYW and its partners are hosting webinars to show your credit union, SEGs and other local businesses how to participate in this training, which has been proven to positively impact investing behavior. Credit unions are invited to sign up for an informational webinar taking place on June 19 and June 28; please click on the respective dates for more information and to register.

Business development conference invites credit union participation
Credit unions looking to continue their REAL Solutions may wish to consider participating in “Marketplace 2012, the Governor’s Conference on Minority Business Development,” an annual conference set for Oct. 15 and 16 in Milwaukee. The event—funded by public and private sector resources to promote Wisconsin’s minority, disabled veteran and women business enterprises—helps these businesses network, build capacity and showcase their products and services, and recognizes their achievements. Check out the event website and sponsorship opportunities.

Help a teacher or employee improve their financial lessons
Online registration is open for the National Institute of Financial & Economic Literacy in Madison. Credit unions sponsor the attendance of local high school teachers at this summer workshop to help them improve their financial lessons for students. If you have a school branch it's another way to deepen your relationship and if not, to create a relationship, with educators. Or, sponsor an employee who focuses on financial education efforts. The cost is just $300. To sponsor, send a check payable to Edgewood College to Deb Weier, Edgewood College, 1255 Deming Way, Madison, WI 53717 and ask teachers to note your credit union as a sponsor when they register. Questions? Contact Chad Helminak at (608) 514-0080.

Webinars teach how to accomplish every task more effectively
Learn to accomplish every task more effectively as part of the League's Keys to Operations Webinar Series. Designed to cover a wide array of functions at your credit union—from credit scores to technology, ACH, call reports, mortgage lending, compliance, handling member situations and more—these convenient webinars will help you make better decisions in your every day work. FULL STORY

Grant money at work: credit unions tap funds for financial ed
Credit unions that apply for REAL Solutions® Initiative Grants from the Wisconsin Credit Union Foundation can make big strides in financial education with a little financial assistance. 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

Card programs help credit unions of all sizes
No matter how big or how small your credit union is, you can offer your members debit and credit card services through our partnership with the Illinois Credit Union League Services Corp. Its turn-key programs fit the needs of nearly any credit union. Through the program you can offer debit and credit cards to your members without adding staff. FULL STORY

CO-OP Network: your link to surcharge-free ATMs everywhere
When your members need convenient ATM access without paying a surcharge, participation in a nationwide surcharge-free network gives you the competitive advantage to build stronger member relationships. Our partnership with CO-OP Financial Services allows your members access to the CO-OP Network, the largest credit union-owned ATM network in the United States. FULL STORY
Get recognized for the difference your credit union makes daily
Your credit union makes a difference in members' lives and within the community on a daily basis. Why not get recognized for it? FULL STORY

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