principle #6 (cooperation)

Cooperation among cooperatives is vital. As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union serves its members best and contributes to the cooperative movement by working with other cooperatives through local, state, regional, national and international organizations.

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March 10th, 2014

Central Co-op’s Rochdale Room Grand Opening

On Monday, February 10, Central Co-op hosted a happy hour event to celebrate the grand opening of their new Rochdale Room, a beautiful new space in the Central District. Susanna Schultz, Marketing Director, and Dan Arnett, General Manager, were on-hand to dedicate the room and share some of the history of the Rochdale Pioneers and… (keep reading)

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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)

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April 5th, 2012

Going Green with Feet First

SMCU partners with local businesses to offer financial services as a benefit to their employees. It’s free, and these Select Employer Groups (SEGs) receive exclusive promotions, educational workshops and personalized visits from SMCU’s Business Development Specialists. SMCU’s newest SEG, Feet First, is Washington’s only non-profit that works to ensure that all communities throughout the state… (keep reading)