Spokane’s Aqua Elite Spurring Growth with Credit Union MBL

After difficulty securing financing through banks, Jessica and Mike Huey turned to a local credit union for an MBL that allowed their business to increase its visibility and improve its economic footing.

Northwest Credit Union Business Lending Up 11 Percent

According to data released by the NCUA, Northwest credit unions have more than $2.3 billion in outstanding MBLs through June 31, 2012, marking a quarter-over-quarter increase of 2 percent in Oregon and 2.8 percent in Washington.

Bread & Butter: Northwest Credit Unions Spreading Small-Business Financing Around Region

Efforts by Northwest credit unions to increase their member business lending have proven fruitful as the region’s not-for-profit small-business financiers outpace growth by traditional sources.

Boost Your Credit Union’s Card Portfolio with a Successful Business Card Program

Strategic Link business partner CSCU is offering a free webcast on Tuesday, Aug. 14, entitled, “Five Strategies to Grow Your Business Card Portfolio.” The webcast will help credit unions attract small-business members and improve profitability.

Credit Unions Teaming with Small-Business Owners to Push MBL Legislation

In building on the success of February’s Small-Business Hike, CUNA is encouraging credit union leaders to bring a local small-business owner to Hill visits during the CUNA GAC in March to continue the push to raise the MBL cap.

Calvin Goings Promoted to National Leadership Role at SBA

Calvin Goings, a longtime advocate for business in the Northwest, has been appointed the assistant associate administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Harborstone’s Jones Speaks at Small-Business Forum

Harborstone Credit Union CEO Phil Jones spoke on behalf of the credit union movement at Rep. Adam Smith’s Small-Business Forum last week, highlighting the capacity of credit unions to provide capital to small-business owners through increased member business lending.

Creating Demand in the Small-Business Market: Channel Marketing Strategies

Harland Clarke offers specific suggestions for credit unions to improve their channel marketing strategies.

Motivated to Succeed, Motivated to Purchase

Harland Clarke explains how knowing what inspires small-business owners, such as a drive for profit or a desire for work-life balance, can increase your chances of selling products to them.