Consumers Credit Union Named to “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For”

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Consumers Credit Union is proud to once again receive the honor of being named one of “West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA). In 2013, the credit union was recognized with both the regional and the national “101 Best and Brightest” awards. This year’s honorees represent many industries as diverse as automotive, insurance, hospitality, communications, and nonprofit. All will be honored on Thursday, May 8 at the MBPA’s annual symposium and awards program. “The selection, recognition and awarding of this year’s Best and Brightest companies allows our organization to showcase their best practices. The honorees have clearly demonstrated why each of them would be an ideal place for employees to work,” says Jennifer Kluge, MBPA President. “The companies that we are recognizing this year are an example of exceptional human resource practices and represent high standards in today’s economic … …continue

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Slappy Breaks Leg, Will Never Skate Again; K-Wings Refuse to Play Without Mascot

Slappy, just after the attack

In a press conference early this morning, Mike Modugno, Director of Public Relations and Broadcaster for the Kalamazoo Wings in the ECHL, announced that tragedy hit the K-Wings: Slappy, Most Valuable Bird for the past five seasons, broke his leg and will be out for the remainder of the season and likely the postseason, as well. Slappy’s broken leg was the result of an attack by an opposing team. K-Wings Trainer Scott Allison recommended that Slappy quit skating altogether. Upon learning the tragic news, Head Coach Nick Bootland met with the team for about three hours, and they have decided not to continue on with the season. The K-Wings season ends immediately. “You know, I thought about it a lot. If Slappy can’t play, I’m not playing. No way,” said Jordan Binnington. Captain Elgin Reid released the following statement: “Coach, I’m not going out if Slappy’s hurt.” “I know rumors … …continue

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Welcome, New Team Members!

New Hire

We are pleased to welcome seven new employees to our Consumers family! This morning they kicked off their New Hire Celebration, an intensive week-long training with our certified trainers and experts on our team. The group began the day by meeting with our executive team to learn our mission, vision, and goals, which center around TEAM success. The group will spend time meeting the staff in their new offices and learning and role-playing their new skills. They look forward to serving you! Employees joining into management roles include: Carmen Villahermosa de Cox – Grand Rapids Office Manager Skylet Cummings – Grand Rapids Office Manager Both Carmen and Skylet come to us with several years of banking management experience. They both most recently worked with Flagstar Bank in Grand Rapids. They will get to know our members and train in our current offices until our new locations in Grand Rapids open … …continue

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In Case You Missed It: A Recap of Our Ask Tim Anything ConnectU Facebook Chat on Loans

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As part of our Consumers ConnectU financial education series, Tim Kosak, our Consumer Lending Manager, will be hosting monthly “Ask Tim Anything” chats on our Facebook page. In March, he took your questions on loans. In case you missed it, here’s the play by play. Q. How do I know I am getting the right type of loan? A. Some loans have obvious benefits over others. For instance, a home equity loan is different than a car loan—but should you use a home equity line of credit to purchase a vehicle? We partner with our members to make sure their long term plans match the products they are applying for. For example, we’ve seen folks get trapped in interest-only home equity lines of credit because they were lured by the low payment and low interest and the debt outlived the purpose of the loan. In this case, a vehicle purchase. … …continue

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Keep Your Budget in Mind When Planning a Vacation

Water Park

The information in this post is provided by our partner Accel Financial Counseling. Accel’s counseling services and educational programs are available free to all Consumers members. Vacations don’t have to be expensive to be memorable and fun. Here are some suggestions to plan a successful vacation. Create a vacation budget Decide how much money you can afford to spend on a summer vacation. Start by updating your monthly budget. Review your income, expenses, and debt obligations and be sure to set aside money for emergencies. Then decide how much you can direct towards a summer vacation. Add up the total estimated costs of your trip in advance, before making final plans. Then, put away money each month into a savings account. Involve your family Once you’ve determined how much money you can afford for a vacation, decide how best to spend it. Include your family members to decide on where … …continue

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Get Started with Online Bill Pay

Online Bill Pay

Consumers Credit Union makes it easy and convenient to do your banking from anywhere you have Internet access, 24 hours a day. With free online Bill Pay, you can make payments to virtually anyone, anytime (business accounts receive up to five bill payments per month for free). Imagine paying all your bills without having to write a check or buy stamps! Watch the video below to get started. Looking for more tips like these? Visit our YouTube channel for educational videos, how-to tutorials, member success stories, and more!

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Servir de Fiador no es Cuestión de Broma

Mother and adult daughter

Cuando usted sirve de fiador para un préstamo, usted esta haciendo algo más que solo ayudar a uno de sus seres queridos o amigos. Usted está corriendo un riesgo que debes entender completamente. Al servir de fiador, usted está garantizando que si el prestatario deja de hacer los pagos, usted se hará responsable de esos pagos. En la mayoría de los estados, si el prestatario deja de hacer un pago, el prestamista puede colectar inmediatamente la deuda directamente del fiador sin necesidad de intentar primero colectarla directamente del prestamista. Si usted no paga, el prestamista puede demandarlo. Aun cuando usted sienta que solo es un tercero en esta transacción, ese no es el caso: Usted es el prestatario. Si el prestatario primario decide no pagar el préstamo, su reporte de crédito podría arruinarse y le podrían quitar cualquier propiedad que haya sido designada como colateral. No se olvide que aun … …continue

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Join Us for the 5th Annual Consumers Sunburst Run

Consumers Sunburst Run

On April 26th, join us for a day of fun and fitness to support our local community parks and family programs! The day’s events include a 10K run and 5K run/walk over road, trail, tunnel, and bridge through the scenic Oshtemo countryside. Results are provided by Classic Race Management, and we offer unique gifts to our winners. Following the main event, kids 12 and under run free in the annual one-mile Family Fun Run, and Maggie’s Catering will be serving their signature breakfast stew. Donations will be welcome for the breakfast. Proceeds earned from the run are used in partnership with local organizations that support our parks and family programs, such as Oshtemo Parks, the Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, and Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run. Last year’s event supported the 2014 Flescher Field renovation project, Kalamazoo River Valley Trail’s Trick or Trail event, and the Kalamazoo … …continue

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Préstamos para el Día de Pago: Verdades que Duelen sobre Dinero Fácil

Couple argue about money

¿No tiene dinero? Tal vez ha pensado en tomar un préstamo de día de pago “payday loan.” Esta línea de crédito se esta haciendo más popular y le dará los $100 o $200 que necesita para arreglárselas hasta que su próximo cheque llegue. ¿El precio? Estos préstamos van acompañados con tasas de interés que van de 300% a 750% anual. En algunos préstamos que son de menos de dos semanas, la tasa anual podría ser más alta. Estos préstamos están disponibles en financieras y son el producto estrella. Se presentan como una solución conveniente a un problema financiero, sin embargo imponen cargos exorbitantes al consumidor. Cuando se expresan en términos porcentuales, los cargos son alarmantes. De acuerdo con una encuesta de la Consumer Federation of America sobre la industria de este tipo de financieras, la tasa de interés anual más común sobre un préstamo de $100 con un plazo de … …continue

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Vacations: Save Before You Set Sail

Sailboat

Your mind wanders to crisp-blue skies and romantic sunsets, salty ocean breezes, and sand between your toes. Then your telephone rings and you snap back to reality. There are no blue skies or ocean breezes, just your computer monitor staring you down. Do you need a vacation? Budgets are tight, but with some disciplined planning and money-saving tricks, that dream vacation can become a reality. Be careful with plastic. Don’t finance your entire vacation on your credit card. That doesn’t mean it’s off limits, but relying solely on plastic will only lead to stress and heavy interest charges down the road. Save, save, save. Try to set aside some of every paycheck in a special savings account. Decide how much you want to have on hand to start your trip. Divide that total by the number of paychecks until vacation, then save that amount in your vacation account. If you … …continue

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