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Sep 28, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

To mark the 90 years of Singapore's cooperative movement, the Singapore National Co-operative Federation (SNCF) has put together a commemorative book and a travelling exhibition. The story of cooperatives started in 1925, way back before Independence. Back then, credit co-ops were formed to offer safe banking services and loans with affordable re-payment rates to workers.

Read more of the history of cooperatives in Singapore at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/exhibition-book/2152826.html.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, Singapore, SNCF Comments: [comment_count]
Sep 18, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Tired of getting nickle and dimed by your bank? Consider joining a Credit Union. Maintenance fees, minimum balance fees, overdraft fees - the list is endless. If your bank is taking a bite out of your budget, consider taking your business to a credit union.

Credit unions offer the same services as banks but they have higher rates of return, lower fees, and are safe and secure. And because they're not for profit, they're all about putting the people first. Credit unions are member-owned and operated and any profit they do make goes right back to their members in the form of better rates and services.

Read more about the benefits of being a credit union member at http://6abc.com/finance/cut-down-on-bank-fees-by-joining-a-credit-union/989430/.

Topics: Networking Tags: credit union, bank, fees Comments: [comment_count]
Sep 18, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Tired of getting nickle and dimed by your bank? Consider joining a Credit Union. Maintenance fees, minimum balance fees, overdraft fees - the list is endless. If your bank is taking a bite out of your budget, consider taking your business to a credit union.

Credit unions offer the same services as banks but they have higher rates of return, lower fees, and are safe and secure. And because they're not for profit, they're all about putting the people first. Credit unions are member-owned and operated and any profit they do make goes right back to their members in the form of better rates and services.

Read more about the benefits of being a credit union member at http://6abc.com/finance/cut-down-on-bank-fees-by-joining-a-credit-union/989430/.

Topics: Networking Tags: credit union, bank, fees Comments: [comment_count]
Sep 11, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

Over 50 percent of the Central American country's gross domestic product is produced either by small family-owned associative enterprises with less than 10 workers or by more advanced cooperatives some of which have several thousand members. Cooperatives operate practically all public transportation systems, most of the dairy industry and other basic food production too. They even play an important role in some export sectors, such as coffee and beef production.

Read more at http://www.telesurtv.net/english/bloggers/Nicaragua-Making-Cooperatives-Central-to-Democratization-20150910-0001.html.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: Nicaragua, cooperatives Comments: [comment_count]
Sep 2, 2015
Debbie Trocha, Executive Director, Indiana Cooperative Development Center

On Sept. 8, community members will pack Oakland City Hall to celebrate the City Council's groundbreaking resolution to support worker cooperatives as a powerful tool for economic development and democratic, empowering workplaces. The resolution will recognize the benefits that worker cooperatives bring to local economies, especially to Oakland, which is a national hub for such enterprises. 

Read more at http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_28735466/guest-commentary-oakland-set-be-leader-workplace-cooperatives.

Topics: Cooperation Among Co-ops Tags: cooperatives, Oakland, worker cooperative Comments: [comment_count]

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