5 reasons to take your business banking to a credit union
Any business is only as good as their relationships. Not only with their customers, but also with their financial institution. Whether you’re an established company or a start-up, finding the right financial partner is a key step in growing and maintaining your business. And if you’ve already picked a partner, it might be worth taking a closer look at that relationship, especially if it’s a bank. You might not know what benefits a credit union can offer your business.
Serve all of your business banking needs
If you’ve been fed the myth that credit unions offer fewer business banking services than banks, we have news for you. Whatever your needs are as a new or established business, a credit union is well equipped to handle them, from lending and checking to credit and investments. Credit unions might often have a small town feel, but they’re built to support big businesses.
Credit unions are member-owned
The key difference between a credit union and a bank is not their banking services. It can actually be boiled down to one word: profit. Banks are for-profit and their profits go to their shareholders. Credit unions are not-for-profit and member-owned. You might notice the difference in the rates for business loans and business lines of credit. Banks usually charge higher rates than credit unions. Credit unions are also able to offer higher yield on savings accounts. It’s their way of returning their profits back to their members.
Credit union fees are designed to benefit members
If you long for the days without having to pay annual credit card fees and monthly checking fees, bank with a credit union. As a not-for-profit organization, it means they have less incentive to charge their account holders with a laundry list of extra fees. In fact, Vibrant Credit Union actually charges no fees for all business accounts. If you’re a business owner, imagine how much you could save without having to pay transaction fees.
Account accessibility is not a problem
There’s a school of thought that bigger banks have bigger wallets to afford better technology. But even if there might have been a technology gap at one point between banks and credit unions, that gap has long since been closed. Credit unions are not blind to the fact that business owners need to be able to bank from anywhere these days. That’s why they’ve stepped up their game in terms of online and mobile banking services. So even if you’re not near one of their branches, you can still access your account, transfer funds, make remote deposits, and more.
Did we also mention shared branching? Many credit unions, including Vibrant, belong to a network of shared branches, which allows their members to complete transactions at another credit union near them, as long as that branch participates in the co-op.
Partner with a lender that is relationship-focused and community-driven
The best professional partnerships are built on personal trust. Because credit unions answer only to their members, that is where their focus lies. They want to build long-term relationships. There’s also a good chance that your average credit union has greater ties to the local community than a national brand bank. You may see them sponsoring events that benefit the local community, or making donations and offering scholarships. Credit unions have also been known to demonstrate their support for local businesses by offering small business loans.
If you’re interested in learning more about what a credit union can do for your business, please get in touch with us.