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Grand Rapids Louis St. Financial Store Grand Opening

Louis St Ribbon CuttingMichigan First Credit Union is expanding its Grand Rapids presence with a new downtown financial store at 50 Louis St NW. This new location more than doubles the size of the old Monroe St. branch and offers more space to serve mortgage and wealth management needs, as well as more room for MoneyWorks ATMs, high speed coin counters, and additional staff.

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The financial store grand opening, held on October 19, 2015, hosted several local Grand Rapids personalities and invited the public inside to see the stunning architecture, designed by Saroki Architects and built by Pioneer Construction.

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“For Michigan First, it’s all about finding ways to better serve our members. This new location will give us the ability to do more and grow the offerings we provide for those who live and work in the city,” said Michigan First President/CEO Michael Poulos. “Our whole team is excited to expand into the new space on Louis Street and make this investment in Downtown Grand Rapids. This is a community that truly takes pride in its vibrant central business district—making it that much more meaningful to be able to do our part and contribute to its growth and redevelopment. We are grateful for the assistance of the commercial real estate brokers of NAI of West Michigan, led by Principal Mary Anne Wisinski-Rosely as well as the team at CDW Real Estate Investment, our new landlord.”

2015 Fall Seminars

Seminar Audience

All seminars will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. unless noted. For additional information or to register, visit our online event calendar or call our 24-hour call center at (800) 664-3828 and then press 0.

Evergreen Seminars
27000 Evergreen Rd.
Lathrup Village

Basic Estate Planning
Thursday, December 17, Noon – 2 p.m.
Presented by Deborah Lampar, Attorney
Planning for Your Future, PLLC

Elder Law
Tuesday, November 10
Presented by Deborah Lampar, Attorney
Planning for Your Future, PLLC

An Introduction to Annuities: Funding Your Future
Wednesday, November 4
Presented by Jamie Russell, Advisor
Michigan First Wealth Management Group

Credit Scores: How do you rate?
Tuesday, October 27
Presented by Michael Poulos, President/CEO
Michigan First Credit Union

Our Mortgage and Lending team members will
be available to answer credit report questions too!

Protect Your Identity from Online Scams
Wednesday, October 21
Presented by Jamie Russell
Michigan First Wealth Management Group

Social Security: When Should You Start Receiving Benefits
Tuesday, October 6
Presented by Doug LaTour, Risk Management Director
Michigan First Credit Union

Gratiot Seminar
21650 Gratiot

Mortgages in Today’s Marketplace
Tuesday, October 13
Presented by Jeff McGee, Executive Vice President
Michigan First Mortgage

Estate Planning Basics
Thursday, October 8
Presented by Deborah Lampar, Attorney
Planning for Your Future, PLLC

Santa Claus is Coming to Michigan First

Mark your calendars to come visit Santa Claus at the following locations:

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Detroit Area:

  • New Center
    Thursday, December 10
    3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wayne
    Thursday, December 10
    3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Wyoming
    Friday, December 11
    3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Gratiot
    Friday, December 11
    3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Evergreen
    Saturday, December 12
    11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

On Santa Day at our Evergreen location, kids can:

  • See Santa’s live reindeer
  • Watch a fantastic magic show
  • Get their face painted
  • See clowns
  • Get a balloon shape
  • Enjoy a photo with Santa for $7

Grand Rapids Area:

  • Plymouth
    Thursday, December 10
    3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Breton
    Thursday, December 10
    3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We’re Growing and Growing and Growing

Kroger In-Store Branches

This summer, we announced our exciting new relationship with Kroger and the opening of our new Macomb Kroger in-store branch. Well, we’ve been busy and opened additional locations in Southgate, Brownstown Twp. and St. Clair Shores. These new locations offer extended hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Wayne State University

We’re also happy to share; our Student Center branch has re-opened with a brand new look in the reconstructed Student Center building at Wayne State University. Our branch layout is open and inviting to students, faculty and administration to stop in and take care of all their banking needs. This location includes two ATMs and a high-speed coin counter accessible anytime the building is open.

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Looking for a branch near you? and our mobile app have a complete list of our branch locations!

We’re Still Growing – Introducing Our Brownstown Branch!

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Thanks to our awesome new partnership with Kroger, we’ve opened a brand spanking new branch inside the store at 20645 Gibraltar Road in Brownstown Twp.

The full-service branch includes savings, loan and investment support, and features a MoneyWorks ATM. These ATMs allow members to select bills in multiple denominations (from $50s to $1s), allow members to make loan or credit card payments, as well as deposit checks without an envelope.

The Grand Opening will be held on Thursday, August 27. A shopping spree like the ones held at Macomb and Southgate will also occur sometime in September.

“As our credit union continues to grow, we’re looking for new ways to provide convenient banking solutions for our members and the communities we serve,” Michigan First President/CEO Michael Poulos said. “Our partnership with Kroger is the result of a shared customer service focus and passion for finding new and better ways to improve our member experiences.”

Michigan First Credit Union and Kroger have agreed to a multi-year contract that includes the opportunity for expansion into additional Kroger stores in the coming years. The first location opened at the corner of 26 Mile and Romeo Plank, and a Southgate location opened in July. Additional branches will open within Kroger stores in St. Clair Shores and Roseville.

Back To School Financial Tips from Young & Free Michigan’s Ebeth

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Young & Free Michigan’s Ebeth Fielder continues to impress with her savvy, down-to-earth advice when it comes to money. The Detroit Free Press’s Susan Tompor once again contacted Ebeth to give some back-to-school insight.

Ebeth suggests talking to students about budgeting and costs of living away at college, as well as the added costs for commuters including gas and parking.

So far, the story has been picked up by 98 news outlets nationwide – check out the article below, and way to go, Ebeth!

Detroit Free Press: Pack up financial tips before heading to college

Bloomberg Business: Pack up financial tips before heading to college

2015 Click on Detroit Vote 4 the Best

Michigan First is honored to have been declared the winner of WDIV Click On Detroit’s Vote 4 The Best competition in the Credit Union category. Thanks to the tireless efforts of our loyal members, we were able to best our second-place finish from last year and fina4thebestlly emerge victorious!

We know we wouldn’t be in business without our members. It’s our mission to provide the highest quality experience to anyone who walks through our door, picks up the phone to call us, or visits our website. We are honored that you chose us to win, but we are even more honored to have the privilege of serving you.

Michigan First August Car Sale


You don’t just buy a new car every day. (Unless you’re super rich and you really like cars. If so, congrats!) So we know that a lot of saving, planning, and research goes into the decision to purchase a vehicle that will transport you and your friends and family from point A to point B safely. A cool looking exterior and top-notch performance certainly wouldn’t hurt, either!

Whether you’re a seasoned car buyer or looking for your very first set of wheels, the Michigan First August Car Sale is the place to be. When you’re at one of our three sale locations, you can get pre-approved, pick out your car, and drive off the lot the same day!

Convenience isn’t the only draw. We’re offering 1% off your rate, 60 days no payment, and a vacation giveaway for qualifying buyers. The odds that you’ll find a better deal anywhere else? Not so great.

Check out our event page for location information. Want to get pre-approved before you even set foot on the lot? Call us at 800.664.3828 and one of our loan representatives will help you!

Michigan First Mortgage + Grand Rapids = We’ve Expanded

Michigan First MortgageGreat news, Grand Rapids: Michigan First Mortgage has moved in and we’re excited to help you move into the home of your dreams. Our mortgage representative can be found in the Michigan First Credit Union branch on Breton Rd. Can’t make it to the branch? Then we’ll meet you at a location that is convenient for you. Call 616.419.5818 to set an appointment or to learn about the variety of home lending solutions we offer.

We’re here for your mortgage needs. Give us a call at (855) 566-2500.