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Study: Near-Unanimous Support for CUs in Oregon, Changing Attitudes Toward Marijuana Banking

Jointly conducted by LT Public Relations and DHM Research, the survey offers multiple key findings for Oregon credit unions interested in serving the growing industry.

Oregon Delegation to NCSL Leads Way on Cannabis Banking Policy

During the National Conference of State Legislatures, Oregon delegation members led a national resolution urging Congress to let states decide their own legal framework for cannabis banking, an issue front and center for Northwest credit union advocates.

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TAPCO CU’s New Brand: A Perfect Blend of “Where We Came From and Where We Are Going Together”

Tacoma-based TAPCO Credit Union’s rebranding process embraced marketing best practices with an all-inclusive engagement strategy and a local, resonate message.

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Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union Recognized at FinXTech Awards

Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union was named a finalist for FinXTech “Best of FinXTech” awards in March. Erica Erdozain, Vice President of Commercial Lending, represented SMCU in New York City at the event, which recognized the credit union’s work in streamlining its commercial lending processes.

Oregon Legislature Wraps Up Intense Session

After 32 intense days, the Oregon legislature adjourned March 3. In spite of a short session, some legislation of interest to credit unions passed. Now the focus is on preparing for 2017.

In Final Days of Session, Oregon Legislature Passes Marijuana Banking Legislation

The Oregon Legislature ended its 2016 session on Thursday, March 3. In the final days, legislation passed removing criminal liability from financial institutions servicing legal marijuana businesses.

NWCUA Backed Bills Advance in Oregon Legislature as Major Deadline Approaches

The Northwest Credit Union Association and member credit unions are at the table in Salem, supporting policy advancements in marijuana banking and data match legislation.

News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening Around the Northwest

Former Plaza Bank CEO joins Harborstone as SVP; Port of Seattle Federal completes merger with Sound.

Credit Unions Invited to Financial Fair for Minority and Women’s Enterprises

The fair will be held south of Seattle and is meant to connect minority and women owned businesses with financing options.

Bill to Raise MBL Cap Introduced in Senate

The bill would raise the cap on member business lending to 27.5% of a credit union’s assets, opening billions in capital for small businesses.

Merkley, Wyden, Blumenauer Push Legislation Clearing Marijuana Banking Smoke

Oregon Senators Merkley and Wyden and Representative Blumenauer held a news conference at Rivermark Community Credit Union to call attention to the near impossibility credit unions face banking legal marijuana business. They scored the attention of all major Portland media outlets.

Oregon’s Federal Delegation to Hold News Conference Spotlighting Marijuana Banking Issues

Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, along with Congressman Earl Blumenauer, are jointly calling on Congress to pass legislation ensuring legal marijuana businesses can access banking services.

Preview Mirador Financial’s Revolutionary Small Business Lending Tech

Mirador Financial, a Strategic Link betaSpace partner, will demonstrate for Northwest credit unions how their small business lending technology can make lending decisions faster and more accurate in a July 16 webinar.

Senator Wyden Introduces Bill to Increase Credit Union Lending to Small Businesses

The bill fixes a disparity in how certain real estate loans are classified, allowing credit unions to provide more capital to the small businesses that create jobs and fuel growth in our communities.

LINC Up With the U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration is launching a new online tool to connect entrepreneurs with lenders. Credit unions are invited to join.

Small Business Administration Calls for Ideas to Reach Underserved Entrepreneurs

The regional SBA team is asking credit unions to share their knowledge of the needs of underserved entrepreneurs.

Oregon Legislative Update: NWCUA Testifies on ‘Marijuana and Banking’

NWCUA called upon to testify on financial services for marijuana-based businesses; update to Oregon Credit Union Act scheduled for March 4 hearing.

CUNA-Backed Bill to Raise MBL Cap Introduced in U.S. House

Higher cap would create 140,000 new jobs and $13 billion in new business lending, estimates CUNA.