February, 2013

Real People Own Credit Unions… Find Out More!

Credit unions are financial cooperatives, owned by people like you who use their services. Credit unions help working families meet their financial needs and goals.  We want to make your lives better. What is a credit union? Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives. They offer the financial products and services you…

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What is a Credit Union?

Credit unions are financial cooperatives, owned by people like you who use their services. Credit unions help working families meet their financial needs and goals.  We want to make your lives better. What is a credit union? Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives. They offer the financial products and services…

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ON AIR: Credit Unions Help You!

Ad courtesy:  a Smarter Choice Banks are trying to take advantage of state government’s search for new sources of revenue by pushing for credit union tax status changes. We would like to remind consumers of the benefits they can receive by being a member of a credit union – the…

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Tearing Down Obstacles to Opportunity

When Bob Becker went to his bank to ask for a reduction in his loan rate, he was turned down flat. “They had everything – all my business accounts and my personal accounts. They knew everything about my financial situation, and wouldn’t work with me on one loan.” A few…

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Growing Together


Exclusive Lawns provides professional lawn care and irrigation services to Kansas City area residents. With nearly two decades of business experience, owner Brigette Brungardt didn’t anticipate a problem when she wanted to purchase property to help her business expand. Brigette went to local banks for a loan, and didn’t receive…

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Providing Quality Housing at Affordable Prices


Francis Bagby, Jr. buys, rehabs, maintains, rents and sells properties in the Mexico, Missouri area. Three years ago, Francis had an opportunity to expand his business and offer a wider variety of affordable housing to local residents – and went to the local banks first. “When our search revealed these…

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Seeing Opportunities, Not Obstacles

Clarence “Sonny” Herman was frustrated with his service from a national bank, and wanted to refinance his personal residence.  A close friend, who happened to be a longtime TelComm Credit Union member, strongly recommended that Sonny visit the credit union.   After TelComm refinanced his home loan and demonstrated their personalized…

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Credit Union History

The credit union movement started in Germany, and the first credit union in North America began operating in Quebec, Canada in 1901 with a ten cent deposit.  The credit union movement began in the United States in 1908. St. Mary’s Bank Credit Union in New Hampshire opened its doors on November…

The Credit Union Difference

The Credit Union Difference Other financial institutions focus on money. From the start, credit unions have focused on people, dreams, and results The credit union difference is evident in four key ways: Governance Credit unions are locally owned. Each is guided by a volunteer board of directors. The decisions about the organization, direction,…

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