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.

Strategic Link Inks Unique Partnership With CUVM

The partnership will help the credit unions of Oregon and Washington manage vendor relationships with CUVM’s innovative services.

Dream Team of Business Consultants Ready to Serve Northwest Credit Unions

Strategic Link has hand-selected a roster of leading consultants to help credit unions capitalize on critical areas of opportunity, from economic forecasting to brand strategy.

Northwest Resource Among First to Implement New ‘Virtual Credit Union Branch’

CO-OP Financial Services, a Strategic Link business partner, has introduced CO-OP Sprig, which gives members P2P payment and account aggregation capabilities and represents the first step in CO-OP’s multi-phased approach to creating a virtual credit union branch.

Increase Your Branch Network to 4,400 Overnight

At a fraction of what it costs to build proprietary brick and mortar, shared branching is the easy, cooperative answer for credit unions looking to offer their members optimal branch convenience.

Autoland Awards Third Charitable Grant to Credit Union-Sponsored Organization

Autoland, a Strategic Link business partner, donated $2,000 to the Center for Comprehensive Care and Diagnosis of Inherited Blood Disorders in Anaheim, Calif., after the center was nominated by Financial Partners Credit Union.

Enroll in the TurboTax Discount Program and Members Could ‘Double Their Refund’

Credit unions have until Thursday to become a TurboTax Promoter through Invest in America, a Strategic Link business partner, allowing members to save on TurboTax’s top-selling federal products.

Autoland Reports 25-Percent Sales Increase From 2011

Strategic Link business partner Autoland has seen continued growth this year, with 15 new credit union partnerships and a strong new-car sales market. Net profits through August have exceeded 2011 profitability by 99 percent.

Appraisals: A Tale of Two CFPB Proposals

The CFPB has issued two rulemaking proposals regarding appraisals, both of which come as a product of the Dodd-Frank Act.

Autoland Awards $2,000 Grant to Credit Union-Sponsored Charity

Strategic Link business partner Autoland awarded its second-quarter charitable grant to the Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division. The organization, which provides emergency food and clothing in Portland, was nominated by Advantis Credit Union.

Federal Home Loan Bank Seeks Advocate for Affordable Housing Advisory Council

Credit unions partnered with nonprofit organizations promoting low and moderate income housing, have an opportunity to nominate advocates to a Federal Home Loan Bank Advisory Council. Nominations are being accepted for a three-year term beginning in early 2013.

Car-Buying Demand Drives Continued Profitability for Autoland and Its Partners

Having added 11 new credit union partners and with lead volume up 27 percent, Strategic Link business partner Autoland reported positive first-quarter earnings, including a 16-percent sales increase over the same period in 2011.

National Study Shows NW Credit Unions Deeply Involved in Providing, Promoting Financial Education

A report published by the NCUF and Real Solutions shows that credit unions in 2011 invested $140 million to provide 22.1 million members with access to financial counseling and advice.

Compliance Question of the Week

Can a credit union provide life insurance for its board members?

Advantis Ranked Top Credit Union in the Nation for Providing Value to Members

This marks the seventh time overall that Advantis has been ranked number one and the credit union consistently ranks in the top two percent in the nation in returning financial value to members.

Art For Japan Tsunami Relief

Staff at Peninsula Credit Union, terribly saddened by the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, are undertaking several efforts to help, including helping to sell traditional Japanese art by local artist and Peninsula Credit Union member Yoshiko Yamamoto.