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BECU Opens First Burien Neighborhood Financial Center

Financial center will bring convenient financial services to more than 21,000 BECU members in Burien, Washington.

Compliance Center: VISA Card Issuers Must Offer Transaction Alert Capability by October

Compliance Center: VISA card issuers must offer transaction alert capability by October; also, question on FFIEC Cyber security Assessment Tool and legal briefs.

People Helping People Spotlight: STCU Steps Up with Low-Interest Storm Loans

When a deadly windstorm pummeled the Inland Northwest, STCU quickly offered members low cost emergency loans. The results: 200 loans and $1 million to “get it fixed.”

Rising Consumer Confidence Raises Spending, Auto Lending

Make sure your credit union capitalizes on boost in consumer spending. Harland Clarke offers the keys to loan marketing success.

Northwest Credit Unions Offer Strong Response to TCPA Ruling

Citing unintended negative consequences, credit unions are engaging their regional and national advocacy system to work with regulators towards a solution.

Partnerships Key in Mobile Services: Boston Fed Report

Research shows that proprietary solutions struggle in the quick flow of innovation, while third-party partnerships hold promise.

After Devastating Wenatchee Fire, Credit Unions Offer Relief

The credit unions of Oregon and Washington launched the Wenatchee Wildfire Relief Fund to support victims of the ongoing fires east of the Cascades.

Leading Website Praises Credit Union Small Business Lending

Personal finance website NerdWallet offered three key benefits of seeking small business loans at credit unions, quoting NWCUA President and CEO Troy Stang.

CUNA Launches New Tool to Fight Regulatory Burden

Senate Banking Committee requested true stories of how regulations impact credit unions’ ability to serve their members.

Peninsula Credit Union to Become Seventh in Washington to Offer ‘Save to Win’

U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer will be on hand Monday, March 31, when Peninsula Credit Union becomes the seventh Washington credit union to offer prize-linked savings accounts to members. Peninsula’s “Save to Win” launch will also be a fundraiser for North Mason Resources, a local nonprofit that helps low-income families become more self-sufficient.

NWCUA’s Improved Careers Website is the Go-To Resource for Job Seekers, Hiring Managers

Hiring managers can take control of their recruitment efforts and job seekers will find dozens of openings on the Northwest Credit Union Association’s redesigned Careers site, which also features informative blogs filled with plenty of useful tips and advice.

Putting Members in the Driver’s Seat, Part III: Auto Industry Brimming with New Models, Innovation

Like most of America, auto sales are emerging from a long slump. Now that the economy is climbing out of its deep hole and consumers have more confidence, they’re buying again. In Part III of “Putting Members in the Driver’s Seat,” automotive journalist John M. Vincent says carmakers hope to meet the pent-up demand with cars and trucks that are better, safer and more efficient than ever.

Putting Members in the Driver’s Seat: Northwest Credit Unions and Winter Auto Shows are a Perfect Match

“Putting Members in the Driver’s Seat” is a special package of stories and photos that credit unions can use to entertain and educate their members during this key car-buying season. The package, by John M. Vincent, a nationally-recognized automotive journalist and longtime Northwest credit union board member, is available for download now!

CO-OP Gives Small Credit Unions Access to Affordable Nationwide ATM Network

CO-OP Financial Services’ new Small Credit Union Program makes it possible for small credit unions to rival the benefits offered by the ATM networks of the largest financial institutions.

Artist’s Design Will Adorn International Credit Union Day Merchandise; Is Your Credit Union Joining the Celebration?

Northwest voters have spoken, choosing a bold design by Pennsylvania artist Boots to adorn T-shirts, hoodies, posters and more as part of NWCUA’s International Credit Union Day celebration. Those items will be available this afternoon, with 15 percent of all sales benefiting Credit Unions for Kids.

Got Smartphone? Get Cash, Thanks to Diebold, Paydiant Partnership

The future is here. Consumers can now use their smartphones, instead of debit or credit cards, to withdraw cash from ATMs. In this week’s Strategic Link Business Partner article, Diebold, Incorporated brings an important technology announcement to the year 2013.

Strategic Link Question of the Week

One in twenty Americans—12.6 million people—was victimized by ID theft last year, with fraud losses of nearly $10 billion reported. Our Strategic Link question of the week addresses possible solutions.

International Credit Union Leadership Scholarships Offer Front Row Seats to Costa Rican Credit Union Operations

Northwest credit union professionals are encouraged to apply for two-week internships in Costa Rica, being offered by the World Council of Credit Unions. Twelve scholarships are available, and the deadline has been extended to April 30, 2013.