How to Build Credit From Scratch

The economic upheaval caused by the pandemic has made many people cautious about taking on debt. Believe it or not, carrying some debt can be useful, especially if you are looking to build credit. Your credit rating isn’t based on how well you manage your savings but on how well you manage your debt. If you want to build credit from scratch, it pays to understand how to use debt as part of your financial plan.

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iQ Credit Union Hires Chief Technology Officer

Jordan Lehrman Will Lead Efforts To Improve Member Experiences and Enhanced Technological Vision for the Credit Union 

VANCOUVER, Wash., October 7, 2021 — iQ Credit Union (iQ), a member-owned, modern-day financial institution based in the Pacific Northwest, announced that Jordan Lehrman is the organization’s new chief technology officer. He began in the position on Aug. 30, 2021.

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iQ Credit Union Surpassed $3 Million in Donations Through iQ For Kids to Improve Children’s Lives

98% of the credit union’s employees participate to raise funds to help local children-based charities

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iQ Credit Union Recognized by Forbes as No. 1 Credit Union in Washington

Inclusion in 2021 “America’s Best Credit Unions In Each State” Based On Criteria Focused on Customer Satisfaction

VANCOUVER, Wash., July 8, 2021 — iQ Credit Union (iQ), a member-owned, modern-day financial institution based in the Pacific Northwest, today announced that it was named to the Forbes’ 2021 list of “America’s Best Credit Unions In Each State” as the top credit union in the state of Washington. This marks the second year in a row that iQ has appeared on this list, having ranked third in the state in 2020. 

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Your Financial Partner – Now & Always


The community is opening back up and we are thrilled to take down the mask signs and see your smiling faces again! Masks will be optional in iQ branches as you consider your own personal health and safety choices.

We are proud of how resilient you are. iQ remained open to serve your needs and we all adapted to new processes and standards throughout the past year. We found joy in knowing we were able to support 511 businesses with 652 PPP loans, and members with 7631 Skip Pays. Please remember, we’re still here to help you navigate any unexpected financial challenges you may have. We still have options available for skip pays, mortgage payment deferments, and assistance for PPP forgiveness applications.

To learn more about the financial assistance we have available click here.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve you and look forward to seeing you soon.

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iQ Credit Union Welcomes Dan Medak as Chief Financial Officer

Vancouver, Wash.— iQ Credit Union today announced the appointment of its new chief financial officer, Dan Medak. As CFO, Medak will oversee the credit union’s accounting, insurance, and Investment & Retirement Services departments.

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iQ Receives Two Prestigious Credit Union National Association Diamond Awards

Vancouver, Wash.— iQ Credit Union (iQ) was the recipient of two Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Diamond Awards during this month’s Diamond Awards ceremony. Considered the most prestigious annual credit union industry awards, CUNA recognizes and rewards creative excellences and outstanding results in marketing.

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iQ Credit Union Continually, Creatively Provides Financial Education and Community Outreach During Pandemic

Vancouver, Wash.— iQ Credit Union has a storied history of financial education and active community involvement in Southwest Washington and Portland, Oregon. When COVID19 began, iQ promptly responded by creatively rethinking existing programs and events, while participating in a sequence of philanthropic and educational offerings to address the needs of its members and communities both now and well into the future, including:

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iQ Credit Union Hires Jeremy Wiersma as New VP of Business Services

Wiersma will lead iQ’s dynamic business services department with a commercial loan portfolio over $250M

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iQ Credit Union Promotes Kari Stansberry to Chief Administrative Officer and Hillery Losli to VP of Operations and Project Management

Recent promotions continue iQ’s tradition of developing and advancing the credit union’s leaders

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