St. Helens Community Credit Union Announced as ‘Business of the Year’

For its financial education work, youth outreach and overall community involvement, St. Helens Community Credit Union has been named the 2014 South Columbia County Chamber Business of the Year.

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

iQ Credit Union “Mustache” You to Shop Local; USAgencies Credit Union Rallies Tons of Toys for the Holidays; NW Priority Credit Union Raises Sleighful of Toys; St. Helens Community Credit Union Cuts Ribbon on New Branch.

Earn Your Local Children’s Hospital $20,000 From CU Direct

Vote for your local CMN Hospital during CU Direct’s 20th anniversary contest and you could help win that hospital a $20,000 donation.

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

NW Priority Raises $10k for muscular dystrophy, Lower Valley opens new headquarters, and Maps awards $1,000 for affordable childcare contest.

Credit Unions Twice as Trusted as Big Banks

Americans trust credit unions twice as much as big banks according to a national study of trust in the country’s financial institutions.

Economic Study to Document Credit Unions’ Impact; First Look Will be at Amplify Convention

An in depth study will document the impact Northwest credit unions have on their local economies. Attendees to Amplify Convention will be the first to see the data.

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

Advantis Credit Union awards $50K in GROW Grants, United Health Services Credit Union opens a new Spokane Valley branch and Clackamas Federal Credit Union donations exceed original goal by more than 30% to help non-profits.

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.

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

Cowlitz Credit Union members approve the merger with Red Canoe Credit Union; STCU’s ‘Hundred-Dollar Project’ awards $5,000 to help teens make a difference; WECU donates $42,775 to Bellingham-area nonprofits in first quarter of 2014; Red Canoe Credit Union wins Best of Show at CUNA HR/TD Council’s annual conference; Oregon Community Credit Union adds chief marketing officer, vice president of lending; Nicole Wait joins Solarity Credit Union as remote services manager.

Deadline Approaches for Submitting 2013 Credit Unions for Kids Fundraising Proceeds

Proceeds from all Credit Unions for Kids events must be submitted to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by Friday, Jan. 24, in order to count toward 2013 fundraising goals.

‘Next Top Exec’ Amanda Brenneman Hopes to Give ‘Buy Local’ a Whole New Meaning with Mobile App, Nationwide Network

Amanda Brenneman’s enhancements to the Buy Local program at Maps Credit Union earned her the CUES 2013 Next Top Credit Union Exec award. Now, armed with a new mobile app, she’s looking to expand the program across the country.

Ride and Rock is Shining Example of Credit Unions for Kids Fundraising Success

A partnership between iQ and Fibre credit unions rallied the credit union community together and raised nearly $40,000 for sick children. The Ride and Rock was one of many events this year benefiting Credit Unions for Kids. The Northwest Credit Union Foundation’s Josalyn Alston recaps a colorful and memorable day.

Helping Kids: It’s In Our “Jeans”

Miracle Jeans Day, the annual event where credit union employees support Credit Unions for Kids by donating $5 to wear jeans to work, takes place Sept. 18.

Committee Deadline Passes in Oregon Legislature

The Oregon Legislature has a more focused agenda for consideration, now that the April 18 deadline has passed for bills to move out of committee or die without hearings.

YEA for Oregonians Credit Union; Youth to get Help Starting Businesses

A partnership between Oregonians Credit Union and the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce will give middle and high school students the resources they need to start real-life businesses. The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a national program, is new to Oregon and was launched last week.

Public Funds Collateralization Pool Generating New Interest in Oregon

Beginning April 1, all of Oregon’s public entities—including city governments, schools and fire departments, among many others—will be able to deposit money in their local credit unions.

Spokane Credit Union Uses New Brand to Create ‘Global Citizens’

When Global Credit Union publicly launched its new brand last month, it unveiled a new look and a new strategic vision that together embody the foundations of both the credit union itself and the broader credit union movement.

Credit Unions Find Success Marketing with Consumers in Mind

With the early-entry deadline for the 2013 Spectrum Marketing Awards just 10 days away, O Bee’s Lee Wojnar, whose credit union won “Best of Show” honors in 2011, discussed some of the keys to successful marketing efforts for credit unions: “You have to make it relevant for the user.”