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Co-Ops Take Center Stage at CUNA

NCBA head Michael Beall urges CUs to harness the power of collaboration.

October 21, 2013
KEYWORDS cooperative , cuna
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Co-Op Day: Jill Tomalin and Mike Beall

Micheal Beall president/CEO of the National Cooperative Business Association (shown above), visited Madison in September for a forum on area cooperatives hosted by CUNA. At right  is Jill Tomalin, CUNA's executive vice president/chief operating officer.

Beall said CUs could gain membership and market share by actively partnering with cooperative businesses in their communities.

"Other co-op leaders may have a passion for brewing or baking, but don't have a lot of financial background," Beall said. "How do they get a business loan? How do they comply with local and state regulations? Credit unions have a good basis and background for that."

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