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Biz preparedness Can you go it alone for 72 hours

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MADISON, Wis. (8/31/10)--As part of National Preparedness Month, Agility Recovery Solutions, a CUNA Strategic Services provider, will host free educational webinars throughout September, with the first one scheduled for Wednesday. "America's businesses form the backbone of our economy. Small businesses alone account for more than 99% of all employer firms and provide nearly 45% of the nation's payroll," said Agility President/CEO Bob Boyd. "Yet, these businesses are the ones who have traditionally been unprepared with regards to an executable business continuity plan," he added. The first webinar, "Business preparedness: Can You Go Alone for 72 Hours?" will be at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT Wednesday. R. David Paulison, former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will share how and why businesses need to take steps to become self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours following any interruption. For more information about the National Preparedness Month webinars, use the link or call 866-364-9696.

CO-OP Member Center has new loan origination system

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (8/31/10)--CO-OP Member Center will use Lending 360’s new Loan Origination System (LOS), an underwriting solution, for its lending services as part of an agreement with CU Direct Corp., CO-OP announced Monday. LOS, scheduled to be on-line with CO-OP Member Center by early 2011, will provide CO-OP Member Center and its clients with a lending platform to support loan application processing across all lending channels. It incorporates CU Direct Corp.’s CUDL Decision Manager decision engine and a new customizable workflow engine, allowing CO-OP Member Center to work with its clients to structure a workflow that includes commonly adopted underwriting and customized rules. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, CO-OP Member Center is a wholly owned subsidiary of CO-OP Financial Services. CU Direct Corp. is a parent company to CUDL, an indirect auto lender for credit unions.