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Products and Services briefs (01/15/2009)
* GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (1/16/09)--Twenty-four credit unions are using 247 Lender, an automated decision model tool offered with CU*Answers’ CU*Base, the company announced Tuesday. 247 Lender is the result of a partnership between CU*Answers, Portfolio Defense Consulting Group, and online credit report partner ZOOT. Credit unions using 247 Lender through CU*BASE pay 50 cents each time the model is accessed, instead of an annual fee. CU*Answers, a credit union service organization, is based in Grand Rapids, Mich. ... * LIBERTY LAKE, Wash. (1/16/09)--CU*NorthWest said it will offer credit unions a Financial Service Centers Cooperative (FSCC) interface starting in the third quarter for issuers and acquirers as native solutions within the CU*BASE platform. The offer is at no additional cost. The capability will allow for national shared branch networking through FSCC, and credit unions can use the networks at the same time without contract restrictions. CU*NorthWest is based in Liberty Lake, Wash. ... * DALLAS (1/16/09)--ALM First Financial Advisors, Dallas, announced that it has unveiled its new logo and website. The tagline for the new logo is, “for a partnership built on trust.” The updated website offers streamlined navigation and more flexibility for making updates and adding content, ALM First said. ALM First is a strategic partner for financial advisory services, offering credit unions balance sheet and investment portfolio management ... * NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (1/16/09)--The National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations (NACUSO) will launch its Education and Certification Program July 13-15 at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., under the leadership of NACUSO President/CEO Thomas C. Davis. The program is geared toward credit union and credit union service organization executives. The on-site program at Pepperdine will continue with one year of applied team project work. Distance learning will supplement the on-site curriculum. Courses include “Principles of Networked Businesses and Networked Business Design,” “Building the Skill Sets to Manage Collaborations and Networked Business,” and “Trust: The Key to Establishing and Maintaining Collaborative Relationships” ...

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