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Credit Unions and Small Businesses: A Perfect Partnership July 2, 2024

Credit unions are not-for-profit, community-based, member-owned financial institutions that play a crucial role in supporting America’s more than 27 million small businesses. Unlike traditional banks, credit unions return their profits to members in the form of lower interest rates on loans, reduced fees on accounts, and higher interest on savings—including business accounts and loans. This member-centric approach makes credit unions particularly advantageous for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

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Financial Benefits for Small Businesses

One of the significant benefits of partnering with a credit union is access to lower-cost financial services. Credit unions offer:

  • Lower Interest Rates
    Members enjoy lower interest rates on loans, which can make borrowing more affordable for small businesses.
  • Reduced Fees
    Business accounts often come with fewer and lower fees compared to traditional banks.
  • Better Savings Rates
    Credit unions typically offer higher interest rates on savings accounts, benefiting businesses looking to grow their reserves.

Additionally, credit unions provide smaller loan amounts that are often ideal for entrepreneurs who are just starting out and may not need large loans. This flexibility can be a game-changer for new businesses that require modest funding to get off the ground.

Personalized Service and Local Understanding

Beyond the financial advantages, credit unions operate on the principle of “people helping people.” This translates into a more personal and localized approach to service and loan approval processes. Unlike big banks that rely on rigid, universal application processes, credit unions often consider their personal interactions and relationships with applicants. This can make securing a loan more accessible for new small businesses.

Credit unions, with their deep roots in the community, understand local needs and the potential success of small businesses in their area. Their focus on keeping local dollars within the local economy supports community growth and sustainability.

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Comprehensive Services for Small Businesses

Credit unions offer a range of services that are vital to small businesses, including:

  • Access to Capital
    Flexible and affordable loan options tailored to the needs of small businesses.
  • Financial Counseling and Planning
    Expert advice and resources to help businesses plan for growth and manage finances effectively.
  • Lower-Fee Accounts
    Business accounts with lower fees, helping to reduce operational costs.

By understanding the unique needs of small businesses, credit unions are able to deliver customized financial solutions that support business success and growth.

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