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Cooperatives take center stage on HandFF Radio
WASHINGTON (9/28/12)--Because October is Co-op Month and 2012 is the International Year of the Cooperative, Sunday's H&FF Radio hosted several leaders who explained what co-ops are and how they help us, how to find or start one, and the difference between credit unions and banks.

The show, which you also can hear later via the Internet, featured Paul Berry, Washington, D.C., journalist and broadcaster, discussing these topics with special guests:

  • "October is Co-op Month/2012 is the International Year of the Cooperative." Adam Schwartz, founder and principal of consulting firm The Cooperative Way, Springfield, Va., explains the purpose of co-ops--there are 29,000 in the U.S.--and how people use them, often unaware of just what they are.
  • "Find a Co-op--or Start Your Own." Andrea R. Cumpston, director of communications and marketing for the National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), Washington, D.C., talks about how NCBA helps consumers locate co-ops, as well as how to start one.
  • "The Diversity of Co-ops." Jim Bausell, chief operating officer of Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Arlington, Va., discusses the organization's website, which helps consumers conduct energy checkups, and how co-ops help consumers in everyday life.
  • "The Credit Union Difference." Michelle Dosher, a managing editor for two Credit Union National Association (CUNA)¬†consumer microsites, outlines the difference between banks and credit unions (including their status as cooperatives), the qualifications for joining a credit union and how credit unions benefit consumers.
Home & Family Finance is a resource center for personal finance information at CUNA. The radio show is sponsored by CO-OP Network, the national credit union ATM network; Cabot Creamery Cooperative, maker of award-winning cheddar; and the Defense Credit Union Council and member credit unions, serving those who serve the country worldwide.

Home & Family Finance airs Sundays at 3 p.m. ET on the Radio America Network. The show also is carried on American Forces Radio Network. The one-hour program devoted to consumer finance issues is brought to you by America's credit unions and their 90 million members, and is presented by CO-OP Network.

CUNA and Radio America are podcasting Home & Family Finance through iTunes, Podcast Alley, Odeo, and other popular podcast library sites, as well as on Radio America and CUNA's websites.

For more information, read "Majority of Consumers: Thumbs Up to Co-op Businesses" and watch "Top 10 Reasons to Belong to a Credit Union" in the Home & Family Finance Resource Center.


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