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The role of Credit Unions in business education

Credit Unions (CUs) are important for businesses because they generally offer access to lower rates on financing when it comes to major purchases, such as buying equipment or expanding operations. CUs also often have better terms than traditional banks and other financial institutions, allowing businesses to save money in the long run. Additionally, many CUs offer specialized services, such as business financial education.

Financial education programs are designed to help business owners understand basic financial concepts and make smarter decisions when it comes to their money. These programs can teach business owners how to set up a budget, manage cash flow, read financial statements, and create long-term strategies for financial success.

CUs offer these services in order to help businesses become more financially savvy and make better decisions when it comes to their money. By providing this education, CUs are helping businesses avoid costly mistakes that could have a detrimental effect on their financial health in the future.

Businesses are the backbone of our economy, and managing one is not an easy feat. With the rise of digital technology and cashless transactions, companies are expected to keep up with the times by implementing new processes and tools. Here are two services Valley Strong offers businesses to ensure they are staying ahead of the curve.

1. Autobooks is a comprehensive financial solution that enables small business owners to manage their receivables, payables, and cash flow from one convenient dashboard. The user-friendly platform allows users to create professional invoices, accept credit cards, debit cards, and ACH payments. Furthermore, Autobooks directly integrates within the business account rather than syncing with the bank account to ensure a secure and efficient payment management process.

2. Commercial Cash Vault is a specialized service that offers three features: secure safe deposits, armored transportation, and an online cash ordering portal. This solution is designed for businesses with heavy cash and coin usage and allows them to efficiently manage their cash operations while saving time and money. This product can provide a number of benefits for businesses, such as increased security and peace of mind due to its armored couriers transporting deposits. It also saves time by freeing up employees from having to transport deposits or cash orders themselves.

When it comes to managing your business finances, it's important to consider your options carefully. The complexities of business finances can often lead to mismanagement, which can have dire consequences for businesses. Here are three key ways to promote success.

1. Effective financial management is crucial in keeping a business afloat and is important to running a successful business. The importance of managing cash flow cannot be understated, as it is the lifeblood that keeps businesses running. CUs provide financial management courses that address key financial management areas such as managing cash flow, bookkeeping, and budgeting.

2. Sound financial planning is a critical step in ensuring business sustainability. CUs offer financial education around financial planning, including advice and guidance on financial planning tools and metrics such as the income statement.

3. A clear investment strategy can mean the difference between success and failure when investing in your business. CUs offer business owners financial education and guidance on investing in their enterprises, maximizing their investment returns, and avoiding unnecessary risks.

Financial education programs can provide businesses with numerous benefits. These programs help business owners gain an understanding of how to effectively manage their finances and make sound decisions regarding investments that will help them succeed.

If you're interested in learning more, contact Valley Strong Senior Business Banking Officer, Eric Steinback, at (661) 833-7418, visit http://www.valleystrong.com, or stop by the Valley Strong Tehachapi Branch at 1002 W. Tehachapi Blvd.