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.

New betaSpace Partner SavvyIntel Helps Credit Unions Find the Gold in Their Data

With data becoming one of the biggest profit centers in American business, betaSpace is adding business intelligence and big data analysis firm SavvyIntel to its roster to help Northwest credit unions thrive.

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

Maps shreds 20 tons of documents; Gesa announces unique community partnership; STCU promotes Flood to VP of lending; Columbia welcomes new VP of business lending; Solarity hires new HR Manager.

Compliance Center: It’s Gut-Check Time for TILA/RESPA Compliance

With spring comes final TILA/RESPA planning; question about NSF fees answered; plus this week’s legal briefs.

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

Peninsula Credit Union wins business of the year award; OnPoint Community Credit Union opens 2015 education prize; and Solarity Credit Union opens online loan applications.

The Difference: Peninsula Member Rebuilds His Business After Recession

Bryan Shorten lost his custom tile business and his impeccable credit history to the recession. His credit union helped him rebuild both.

Compliance Center: NCUA Releases 2015 Regulation Review List

NCUA reviewing one third of its regulations; answer to your question about automatic loan payments; plus legal briefs.

Compliance Center: NCUA Releases Final Rule Amendments on Appraisals Involving Existing Loans

NCUA releases final existing loan appraisal amendments; question on bankruptcy and reaffirmation; plus this week’s legal briefs.

The Difference: Family Climbs Back From the Financial Brink

Through counseling and strategic credit, a Washington family regained their financial footing with help from Newrizons Federal Credit Union.

Compliance Center: NCUA Issues Accounting Bulletin on Reporting TDR Loans

NCUA adopts revised reporting policy for troubled debt restructuring. Plus question of the week and legal briefs.

The Difference: Single Mother Gets Two More Hours With Her Kids, Every Day

Annie Graye raises three kids by herself and was commuting an hour and a half each way for work, until Red Canoe Credit Union helped her get a new home.

FHLBs of Seattle and Des Moines Agree to Merge

The merger has been approved by the two banks’ boards, and will now be submitted to the regulator and the members.

Four Things That Improve Auto-Loan Refinance Results

Consumers are returning to car dealerships, which means big opportunity for credit unions that are prepared. Here are four things to help you capitalize.

Effective Digital Marketing Enhances Loan Completion Rate

Research finds more consumers shopping for loans online. This step-by-step guide from CUNA Mutual Group helps credit unions customize the online experience and improve the application completion rate.

Empower Auto Loan Portfolio Growth: Complimentary Webinar

Is your auto loan approval rate healthy, but your funding rate in decline? In today’s competitive finance environment, growing your auto loan portfolio can be a challenge. Autoland, a Strategic Link business partner, says the solution is a combination of the right resources and knowledge.

Northwest Credit Unions Ride the Bike Loan Wave

Northwest credit unions continue to ride a successful wave making bike loans. With three Northwest cities among the nation’s five “Best Bike Cities,” it makes sense to help members gear up in style.

Multiple Agencies Release Interagency Statement on Maximum Flood Insurance Coverage

Federal agencies, including the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), have released an interagency statement on the increased maximum flood insurance coverage for other residential buildings. Also in today’s Anthem: Legal Briefs, and the Question of the Week: “When do we need to obtain an appraisal?”

Washington, Oregon Credit Unions Show Loan, Membership, ROAA Growth

Northwest credit unions grew loans, membership, assets and return on assets according to new Q1 data released by the NCUA this morning. Idaho led the nation in many categories.