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Minnesota VIP program total is 21 for 2012

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (3/7/12)--The Minnesota Credit Union Network (MnCUN) welcomed three new  credit union suppliers into its Vendor Involvement Program (VIP) in 2012, bringing the total participants in the program to 21.

VIP is a program in which service organizations work with MnCUN and increase brand visibility among Minnesota credit unions.

Designed to optimize business relationships with Minnesota credit unions, the advertising program offers annual conference packages that provide the companies exposure to a target audience, an online company listing and an advertisement on MnCUN's website.

Participants also receive opportunities to participate in new MnCUN initiatives. 

New vendors include:

  • Range Printing;
  • sbaStrategies; and
  • Skilcraft Plus.
"At a time when companies are looking to get the most out of their advertising budgets, this program provides specific opportunities to target potential clients and can help create brand loyalty among credit unions," said John Ferstl, MnCUN vice president of network service corporation.

Participants in MnCUN's VIP agree to offer professional service, quality product lines and competitive pricing. The companies must appreciate the qualities that make credit unions unique and understand the importance of providing the best service possible to Minnesota's credit union members. Participation in VIP does not constitute an endorsement by the MnCUN.

2012 CUNA Management School registration info available

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MADISON, Wis. (3/7/12)--The 2012 CUNA Management School, offered in cooperation with the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Business, will be held July 8-20, in Madison, Wis., the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) announced.

All students, upon successful graduation from the three-year program, will earn their Certified Credit Union Executive designation.

CUNA Management School faculty is made up of professors from the University of Wisconsin, credit union professionals, attorneys and industry experts. With extensive background in the credit union movement, faculty members speak on subjects such as:

  • Credit union management;
  • Financial counseling;
  • Crisis management;
  • Financial accounting;
  • Filene Research Institute's i3 innovations; and
  • Strategic marketing.
CUNA Mutual Group, past graduates of CUNA Management School and CUNA contribute financial assistance for qualified students. Scholarship applications must be submitted by April 15. Use the link.

Biz Kid DVD Box sets available from NCUF

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MADISON, Wis. (3/7/12)--Box sets of the first four seasons of Biz Kid$ are now available from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). 

Biz Kid$ is the Emmy Award winning--and credit union-funded--public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship.

"Leveraging Biz Kid$ is a great way for credit unions to teach financial literacy concepts in a fun and engaging way in their community," said Danielle Brown, NCUF's national coordinator for Biz Kid$. "With these new box sets, credit unions now have a wealth of episodes on a wide variety of topics at their disposal."

Each Biz Kid$ box set includes DVDs for each episode and a CD with PDFs of the corresponding curriculum for each episode.  Late last year, the foundation also made available Biz Kid$ starter kits, which contain core DVDs and materials to teach Biz Kid$. 

Each box set or starter kit is available for a donation of $60 to NCUF. 

NCUF oversees fundraising, outreach and administrative responsibilities for Biz Kid$, which recently started its fifth season. During the past six years, more than 290 credit unions and affiliated organizations have raised more than $13.2 million to support the show's production, website and curriculum.

Every Biz Kid$ episode begins and ends with a narrator reminding viewers that: "Production funding for Biz Kid$ is provided by America's Credit Unions, where people are worth more than money."

Biz Kid$, which premiered in January 2008, has aired on more than 340 public television stations in all 50 states with a viewership reach of 271 million people. The show has the highest recorded carriage of any children's program ever released by American Public Television, with a viewing audience of more than 1.2 million per episode. The Biz Kid$

website receives more than 100,000 unique visitors a month.