CASE Credit Union named Diversity Lender of the Year

Award recognizes financial help to small businesses in underserved markets

LANSING, MI (December 22, 2020) — CASE Credit Union announced today it has been awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration Michigan District Office Community Diversity Lender of the Year Award for the 2019 fiscal year. This award is in recognition of CASE’s help to give diverse small businesses in underserved markets the funds they need to start and grow.

Jeffery Benson, President and CEO of CASE Credit Union, saidthe award is reflective of the credit union’s commitment to the Greater Lansing community.

“We are exceedingly proud to receive this award and recognition from the U.S. Small Business Administration,” he said. “The importance of diversity in small businesses cannot be overstated. They are catalysts for positive change and growth in their communities.CASE is committed to diversity in lending and supporting an inclusive thriving business community.”

Robert S. Whitaker, Business Services Manager for CASE Credit Union, said this award is not just important for CASE, but for Greater Lansing businesses as well.

“We are pleased and honored to have been awarded Michigan District’s Community Diversity Lender of the Year Award​ by the Small Business Administration,”he said. “Our organization is committed to diversity and empowering underserved communities of business owners. Empowering minority, veteran and women-owned businesses through smart, safe business banking is our responsibility. It supports our community’s needs and helps sustain the local economy.”

About CASE Credit Union

CASE Credit Union opened as Capital Area School Employees Credit Union 85 years ago with 180 members and $11,706 in assets to serve the financial needs of Lansing-area teachers. Today, CASE Credit Union is an award-winning Michigan financial institution with more than 45,000 members and over $380 million in assets. Although its name has changed, CASE Credit Union’s focus remains on empowering its members with financial solutions and education.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small-business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit


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