WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-Credit Union Journal is now accepting entries for its 2012 Best Practices Awards.

As always, we have made the Awards very easy to enter. The awards are free to enter, and are open to natural-person and corporate credit unions, CUSOs, and vendors and associations, which may nominate a client/member credit union.

The Best Practice Awards deliberately avoid categories, and are aimed at recognizing achievements across the entire credit union enterprise, from improved member service, cross-sales, loan promotions, expense reductions, better deployment of staff, facilities, branch strategies, training, board programs, etc. In short, if your credit union has done something you believe deserves recognition and which other CUs could learn from, the Journal's Best Practices Awards are for you.

* Best practice must have been deployed since May 1, 2011.

* You are welcome to nominate more than one Best Practice if you are a credit union or CUSO, and more than one credit union if you are a vendor, CUSO or association.

* The entry should include: 500 words or fewer on why you believes a Best Practice has been created.

* The nomination essay should include as many tangible measures as practical (including ROI where available) documenting the best practice; the background on environment prior to the implementation of the best practice; factors driving adoption of the best practice, and any new products/solutions deployed to achieve the best practice.

You can go to www.cujournal.com and click on the Best Practices link to nominate your best practice, or you may e-mail Managing Editor Lisa Freeman at lfreeman@cujournal.com, or Editor Frank J. Diekmann at fdiekmann@cujournal.com. Deadline for entries is July 1. Winners will be profiled in Credit Union Journal later this year.

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