S. 4117 The PPP Small Business Forgiveness Act: Fibre Federal CU business members make their voices heard!

If you’ve been following the Advocacy Blog for any length of time, you have seen numerous Calls To Action. Here in the Northwest region, you all make your voices heard with your elected officials. One recent Call To Action was to support S. 4117 The PPP Small Business Forgiveness Act. A reminder of some the […]

Call To Action: S. 4117 The PPP Small Business Forgiveness Act

We are excited to share an opportunity to make your voice heard on a recent piece of legislation introduced in the Senate that will dramatically reduce the processing time for credit unions moving through the PPP loan forgiveness process. The Paycheck Protection Program Small Business Forgiveness Act is a bill to simplify forgiveness of Paycheck […]

Washington’s “Safe Start” Re-opening Continues

Washington state continues to re-open slowly, but surely with additional counties moving into Phase 3 and others moving into or closer to Phase 2 this week. The map below shows a snapshot of where things stand today in each of Washington’s 39 counties.   King County, the most densely populated part of the state, has […]

DE Day of Service

Today, Credit Union Development Educators from across the NW region and nation recognized the DE Day of Service. While this year is different than in year’s past, DEs in the northwest made their voices known by sending a unified message to congressional leaders in support of financial inclusion for all and voicing opposition to systemic […]

2020 Advocacy Training

Have you ever wondered what our collective advocacy as a Credit Union movement looks like? During this pandemic, we’ve seen this firsthand as elected officials at both the state and federal levels meet with credit union leaders to learn more about what they are doing. Not only have credit unions across the country stepped up […]

Gov. Inslee updates re-opening timeline

As Washington state continues its phased approach to re-opening some counties have already been approved to move into “Phase 2” that allows additional businesses to re-open and eases travel restriction and gathering protocols.  As of now 10 of Washington State’s 39 counties have already been approved to move into Phase 2 based on presence — […]

Election Filing Week in Washington

Tomorrow marks the last day of “Election Filing Week” in Washington state when candidates for a variety of public offices must officially submit their candidacy to local election officials. 2020 marks a major election year in Washington state with all 98 members of the state House of Representatives, half of the 49-member Senate, and all […]

Expanding Access to Credit for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

The stories just keep coming in about how credit unions have stepped up to help their members in this time! Small businesses have been helped through the Paycheck Protection Program and many have seen their credit union relationship as a bright light in these trying times. As you know, due  to the COVID-19 pandemic, small […]

Early estimates anticipate large budget shortfall in Washington

While official projections will not be released until June, early indicators from Washington State’s Chief Economist Dr. Steven Lerch, puts the upcoming budget shortfall in the billions of dollars for the current and next two-year budget cycle.  The Legislature budgets on two-year cycles (biennium) to pay for daily costs of government like public schools, health […]

Gov. Inslee shares next step for Washington re-opening

Today Gov. Jay Inslee today shared he is extending Washington’s “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” order through May 31st. In the process, he also announced some additional businesses that can re-open once phase one is implemented in the coming weeks. He also shared the guidelines and framework of the four phases of re-opening including what […]

Urgent: Paycheck Protection Program Requires Additional Funding and Revisions

Today, the Small Business Administration announced it can no longer accept new applications or approve new lenders for the Paycheck Protection Program. The $349 billion allocated by the CARES Act has been exhausted. This program is critical as it provides support to struggling small businesses, providing funds for them to continue paying their employees for […]

Sharing the Credit Union Response to COVID-19 with Legislators

It has been incredible to see and hear how credit unions have been able to adjust to serve members at this time. From early adoption of drive-up options to the programs implemented to help bring relief to members affected by COVID-19, credit unions in the Northwest have shown up for members in tremendous ways! Not […]

Staying Connected with Legislators by Attending a Virtual Town Hall

These past few weeks have been an absolute whirlwind. From tracking local, national, and international daily news to the changes in how we serve our members there seems to be no shortage of developments as communities in the Northwest and across the world continue to address the challenges of COVID-19. From “Stay At Home” orders […]

Phase 3 Stimulus Package: Update

We are continuing to track updates on the Phase 3 Stimulus Package. Earlier today, the bill failed another important procedural vote falling short of the 60 votes needed to move forward. That said, leaders on both sides of the aisle are still looking to pass the CARES Act today despite a number of key issues […]