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The Bank in Your Backyard

Building strong connections with community banks can pay off during uncertain economic times.

This story appears in the July 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

The Union Option

Credit unions may be another source of loans during tight credit times. Less than one-third of credit unions make loans, but they are the fastest-growing loan product at those that offer them, shooting up 10 percent last year, says Pat Keefe, vice president of communications, of the Credit Union National Association.

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