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Grow My Business

​Starting Your Business

From starting the smallest backyard business to building a global corporation there's a lot of information out there to help you. Let Summerland Credit Union get you started on the right path.Starting a new business is one of the most difficult and rewarding endeavors you may ever undertake.

​Whether you're planning to run a small business from home, or laying the foundations of a large corporation, there are many things you need to know. Between writing your business plan and hanging that first earned dollar on your wall, you're bound to run into all sorts of surprises. 


Let us walk you through some of the steps involved and introduce you to some of the organizations you'll be dealing with. Informing yourself and being prepared will not only make the process smoother but will increase your chances of success in today's fast-paced and highly competitive markets.

Growing Your Business

Getting a new business up and running is one thing, but it isn't the final objective. In order for your business to thrive, you need to constantly re-examine your short and long-term goals and be prepared to make the changes necessary to expand your business. From developing new marketing strategies to finding ways to distribute and deliver your product to a larger customer base, there are a number of new challenges to face as your business grows.

Commercial Lending

Commercial lending has undergone some changes since the first loans were granted following the birth of our credit union in 1944.  Technology and growth have enabled Summerland Credit Union to compete on a much bigger stage.  While our reach now extends across the province, one thing that hasn’t changed is our focus on local business… it’s at the core of our organization’s values and we’re proud to play an integral role in serving our business community.

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Do you need to talk to someone about financing your business?  Summerland Credit Union has commercial lenders who understand local markets and would be happy to have a conversation with you.  And as a single-branch credit union, you can rest assured that our lending decisions are made right here, efficiently and based on our local knowledge.

​Accessibility, efficiency, local knowledge… just a few of the advantages of dealing with Summerland Credit Union for your business financing requirements.

Bob Isaak, Senior Lender SDCU

Non-Profit Organizations

If you're starting a new business with the intent of helping people in your community, you might want to consider starting a non-profit organization. In many ways, non-profits are similar to for-profit businesses. You'll still need careful planning and clear objectives if you hope to succeed. Remember: the people you hope to help with your new venture may be depending on your success. At Summerland Credit Union we understand how important it is to help out in the community, so let us help you understand the unique position of the non-profit in today's business world.

Partnering with our Members to promote and support local organizations is very important to us. We prioritize initiatives that include our Members by finding unique solutions to showcase their businesses.

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