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November 26th, 2012

Co-ops Reach the Big Screen in “Shift Change”

Throughout the recession, one business model has proven to be resilient. Cooperative businesses are focused on long-term stability, not just for their worker-owners, but also for the communities they reside in. The documentary film Shift Change: Putting Democracy to Work is based on “true stories of dignified jobs in democratic workplaces.” It showcases the co-op… (keep reading)

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October 15th, 2012

Celebrate International Credit Union Day with SMCU

SMCU is excited to celebrate International Credit Union Day! Stop by any of our seven branches on Thursday, October 18, to celebrate with us and enjoy refreshments while we take care of your banking needs. The Origin of Credit Unions The first financial cooperatives were formed in England and Germany in the 1850s. When times… (keep reading)

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September 17th, 2012

SLICE Reception 2012

The NCBA’s Annual Meeting & Co-op Conference will be taking place in Seattle from October 2-5. The conference is held each year for cooperative leaders from all business sectors to gather ideas and share best practices with others. One major highlight of this year’s conference is the SLICE reception, where an exciting line-up of co-op… (keep reading)


August 29th, 2012

Food Co-op eBook

In celebration of the International Year of Cooperatives, Co-operative News is releasing a series of free eBooks that show how cooperatives make a difference worldwide in a number of industries. The first eBook in the series, Co-operative Enterprises Build A Better World Through Food, highlights food cooperatives and their mission to establish food security, which… (keep reading)

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August 7th, 2012

Cooperative Business Development Training with CooperationWorks!

SMCU is passionate about supporting and growing the cooperative movement. We believe that the cooperative business model provides an important alternative for consumers, especially those who may be underserved by traditional businesses. In order to create a cooperative economy to benefit our community, we need more cooperative developers. CooperationWorks! provides excellent, intensive, professional training in… (keep reading)


June 28th, 2012

2012 is the International Year of Cooperatives

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives. The theme, “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World,” highlights the fact that cooperatives benefit their communities through socio-economic development, leading to poverty reduction, employment generation, and social integration. The UN has three major goals for International Year of Cooperatives: Increase awareness of… (keep reading)

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October 7th, 2011

Co-opalooza: A Celebration of Community and Co-ops

Members of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union will tell you that we are a different kind of financial institution. We are a financial co-op, and being a co-op means doing right by our members. Being a co-op means that we do business according to a set of time-tested principles, none of which is focusing on maximizing… (keep reading)