Here’s How Credit Unions Can Help Small Businesses

Funding and undercapitalization are major challenges for microbusinesses, a small business with 20 or fewer employees. Credit unions have become a major alternative for small business financing, offering more opportunities to talk and ask questions to the people who work there and award loans.

Host Mary McCarthy talks to Deanna Barzak, the Business Development Manager with Pathways Financial Credit Union. She works with business members, health savings account programs, as well as their Pathways at Work program. Pathways Financial Credit Union is full-service financial credit union, offering everything from consumer accounts, to mortgages, and business services. Pathways Financial Credit Union serves all of Central Ohio and its surrounding counties.

Deanna says a hands-on, personal approach is what sets them apart from other organizations.

“I have members who have my cell phone and they can call and text me at any time they want to. We respond to emails right off the bat. We have a team of three at this point in our business services department at this time, one of them being our President. So he knows every business account that’s on the books. We have over 800 at this moment. But we know our members, and that is what we are proud of.” ~ Deanna Barzak

What You Will Learn In This 15-Minute Podcast

  • How a credit union is different than a bank
  • How a credit union works with small business owners
  • How the loan approval process works at Pathways Financial Credit Union (information about a client Mary referred there)


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Thank you to podcast sponsor Pathways Financial Credit Union. They offer business loans with a competitive interest rate and flexible terms. They have locations in Columbus, Delaware, and Marysville, Ohio.

About our Guest Deanna Barzak

About our Host Mary McCarthy

Mary McCarthy is the President of YMT Consultants, an entrepreneurial consulting and training firm in the Columbus, Ohio area. It focuses on one-on-one work with microbusiness owners (businesses with 20 or fewer employees, including the solopreneur), assisting them to monetize and create systems for their small businesses.

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