MANSFIELD, Ohio-The $7.8-million GROhio Community CU expects to generate 75 basis points ROA this year after assessments, and it is crediting much of that to collaboration.

CEO Jeff Green insists a small credit union cannot survive without collaborating-and more than just with other CUs. GROhio is prospering by striking a unique deal with a large local employer to get a new building that's driving loan growth, providing financing for two used car lots, and forming a friendship with a couple of local banks that are sending the credit union business.

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