Winston-Salem, N.C. (March 15, 2012) – The CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council named Truliant Federal Credit Union a Best Practice Award winner during its 19th annual conference, which took place March 7-10 in New Orleans.
Truliant was honored for its R.E.A.L. (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) program which provides networking opportunities, small business education, financial literacy and counseling to build small business owners’ financial strength and business skills. There have been 126 graduates from the R.E.A.L. program in Burlington and Winston-Salem, N.C., with eight individuals having already opened a new business and 22 planning to open a business within the next five years.
“We collaborated with the Burlington Housing Authority, N.C. Real Enterprises and Alamance Community College to make this program a success,” said Marjorie Rorie, director of community services at Truliant Federal Credit Union. “Several students also made small business loans to expand their business as a result of the class.”
The Best Practice Awards recognize outstanding new marketing and business development approaches with potential for universal application across the credit union movement. Without regard to asset size, a panel of judges selected winners based on strategy, process, application, and results.
Additionally, Truliant FCU was honored with their partners as a 2011 recipient of the prestigious National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Merit Award for job creation and entrepreneurship training.
For more information on Truliant’s R.E.A.L. (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) program or to learn how to attend one of the R.E.A.L. Workshops, please email [email protected] or call 336-293-2054.
About Truliant Federal Credit Union
Truliant Federal Credit Union is a not-for-profit, financial institution that provides affordable financial services to its member-owners. Truliant was chartered in 1952 and now serves more than 180,000 members and has 22 Member Financial Centers in NC, SC, OH and VA.