“ACFCU came into the picture for us at an absolutely perfect time. We were about to turn one year old. And we had decided to make a move towards wholesale through a partnership we had developed in Washington DC, and the need was to move from pouches into single-serve cups. We had kind of exhausted our credit at that point and we didn’t start the business with a slush fund of cash. And we knew that we had to make this change and reconfigure in order to…
grow the business but the capital wasn’t there. And luckily we were able to start up a discussion with ACFCU and get some credit headed our way. And we did a couple of other things together that we’re able to free up some cash for us and invest in this wholesale program. It got us equipment, and it helped us buy up inventory in order to prepare for the launch of our wholesale program.
If we didn’t have that relationship come through, we probably would not be sitting with a wholesale product line.”
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“If you are looking for a good business partner, I would highly recommend looking at ACFCU. They are competitively priced and have strong community values.
What I really like about ACFCU is that we have been able to truly partner. They have a common interest in our business. They know financing but they also know community and relationships.
…I would recommend ACFCU to any business in Arlington. You can actually pick up the phone and call them and speak to them by first name.
ACFCU was instrumental in helping us secure the PPP Loan. They made it easy and kept us up to date. We got our loan almost immediately.”
New District Brewing Co. is a family and friend owned business built from the ground up right here in Northern Virginia. It’s the first production brewery in Arlington, Virginia in one hundred years.
“I first learned about ACFCU when I moved to the area and was working with the county. My business became a member when I opened it in 2019. Everyone from the people who answer the phone all the way up to the CEO/President Karen Rosales is truly helpful and will go out of their way to assist you. My joke with Marty Weitzel is that he’s stuck with me no matter where he goes…
…Marty has worked step by step with me in building my business, advocating on my behalf, and thinking outside of the box on strategy and funding. What I would recommend to others about ACFCU is the personal touch. Yes, you can get the same services elsewhere, but you are not guaranteed the same commitment to seeing you succeed. I truly feel as though ACFCU is my business partner in ensuring that I am taken care of and have access to all the information and support I need to create a successful business. ACFCU is the partner in your business success equation you didn’t know you needed.”
Zakiya L. Worthey is the CEO of K. Lamb LLC, a consulting company that provides strategic business planning, workplace culture and organizational consulting, diversity, equity and inclusion competencies, and change management best practices and techniques.
“My business became a member of ACFCU last year, in 2021. My first impression of ACFCU was from Kevin Sheffield. He’s very professional, responsive, and accessible. This is critical to me as a business owner and makes me a happy member…
…The relationship I have with ACFCU is intimate in the sense that I immediately knew this bank did not do business like big banks – where you literally come across as just another account holder. ACFCU made my business needs a priority from the very first day and that has not changed since. When I think of customer service and ACFCU I think of a responsive and seamless process. My business experience has been very personable and my loan was completed with ease in a most timely manner.”
Dr. Bowman co-founded TeaBow Residential in 2016 with the ultimate goal of “Building a Difference”. Since the company’s inception, the staff has grown to over 30 full-time construction team members and a full staffed stellar performing development leadership team.
“I live down the street from Arlington Community Federal Credit Union and was interested in banking with a local credit union. I’ve been with ACFCU since 2015. Every team member is enthusiastic about helping fulfill our banking needs and find the correct answers to our questions…
…I’ve never had a bad customer service experience with ACFCU. Every staff member has gone out of their way to ensure that we are well cared for. In the world of small business, ACFCU’s terms are fair, customer service is top-notch, and response times are nearly immediate. As the Executive Director of a small non-profit, I cannot emphasize how valuable it is to know that anytime I have a banking-related question I can pick up the phone and speak with a live person who is invested in helping me answer my questions.
Brittany Greer is the Executive Director & Founder of Rosie Riveters. Rosie Riveters’ goal is to close the gender gap in STEM. The programs work toward achieving gender equity in the field by starting early (they begin in preschool and extend through middle school), engaging repeatedly, and building confidence via an enduring growth mindset.
“I knew of ACFCU’s work within the community through Leadership Arlington and was impressed with its community connections. The day I reached out, Jim Wilmot connected me with Kevin Sheffield, who immediately started my application process. The loan I received made a huge impact on getting through the first two months of the pandemic…
…And although R.E.A.D. is small compared to other nonprofits, it was never made to feel secondary. R.E.A.D.’s success is just as important to ACFCU as it is to us. They have their customers’ best intentions at heart. ACFCU is incredibly responsive, helpful, and committed to business members large and small and the Arlington community as a whole. Run, don’t walk, and start doing business with ACFCU today.”
R.E.A.D. believes that families are a child’s first and most important teacher, and we want to empower and honor their role in helping their child develop a lifelong love of reading. Families get to choose each month which book they want their child to receive from a list of five books.
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