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Products and Services briefs (01/15/2009)

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* 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” ...

CUNA Council membership surpasses 1000

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MADISON, Wis. (1/16/09)--The CUNA Marketing and Business Development Council (CMBDC)’s membership has surpassed 1,000 members. “Even in the face of tough economic times, the council is recognized as a critical resource for credit union marketing and business development professionals,” said Anne Legg, council chair and vice president of marketing at Cabrillo CU, San Diego. To celebrate its milestone, the council ran a promotion in which members sent in their success stories for the opportunity to win a $1,000 Visa gift card. Members were asked to explain how council membership helped them or their credit unions, or about a particular CMBDC experience or event that stands out in their minds. The winner was Revonda Golden-Dean from $58-million-asset Lowland CU in Morristown, Tenn. “The Marketing and Business Development Council has been a life saver at times. Being a one-person department is really stressful--some days I can't even think,” her entry said. “The members on the listserv seem like friends I haven't met--yet they think like I do. They have great ideas and they love to share them. Some of their insight is uncanny and amazing at the same time. This is the whole credit union philosophy ‘People Helping People,’” she said. “The success stories highlight the value of networking among members and the benefits of leveraging the many available council tools and resources,” Legg said. For more information, use the link.