MADISON, Wis. (8/23/11)--CUNA Mutual Group’s second annual, daylong Online Discovery Conference, to be held Oct. 4, offers 13 credit union-focused sessions for free through the Internet. Online Discovery is the Web-based equivalent of a face-to-face conference without the associated expenses or time away from the office. CUNA Mutual Group’s Discovery events have drawn more than 4,000 participants in the past year. The conference also includes networking opportunities such as chat rooms, message boards and an exhibit hall. Registration guarantees access to conference materials after the event is over. Registered individuals can access all 13 session recordings and download event materials for nine months after the event. Registration opened Monday. For more information, use the link. The online event is designed for chief executive officers and senior leadership teams of credit unions, but all credit union and league employees can attend, said CUNA Mutual.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (8/23/11)--Through a partnership with Barlow Research Associates Inc. (BRAI), credit union clients of Member Business Solutions (MBS) will have access to research on financial behaviors of small businesses. BRAI provides financial institutions with research on small businesses and their banking habits. MBS, a wholly owned credit union service organization of Southeast Corporate CU, Tallahassee, Fla., is the only industry participant to acquire this research for its clients’ use. BRAI annually surveys 4,000 small businesses on their relationships with financial institutions. MBS partners also can attend BRAI’s quarterly Economic Pulse webinars. At the events, attendees receive updates on current economic conditions, such as the global financial crisis, unemployment and U.S. debt, and how they could affect changes in business banking.