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MSUFCU Business Member Receives $25,000 Elevate Small Business Grant

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Published: Sep 10, 2020

MSUFCU Business Member, Value Engineering, Receives $25,000 Elevate Small Business Grant

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EAST LANSING, Mich. — MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) is pleased to announce that its business member, Value Engineering, has received a $25,000 Elevate Grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (FHLBI). The Elevate Grant assists the growth and development of small businesses, their workforces, and the communities they serve.


Value Engineering will use the grant for training and hiring purposes alongside new technical design training and to purchase new technical/design software for the organization.


“As a small business making advances to enter a competitive and mature industry, this grant will help us provide training and new equipment for staff,” said Jon Kolbasa, PE, Value Engineering Founder/Service Leader. “By focusing on delivering innovative and collaborative transportation solutions and demonstrating dependability to our partners and clients, we will be able to pursue new markets and new projects.”


“Jon has been a MSUFCU member since his time as a Michigan State University student, and we are excited to continue this partnership by serving his business, Value Engineering, since 2013,” said Jeff Jackson, MSUFCU Chief Lending Officer. “We have witnessed and supported the business’s continued growth, and this grant is an opportunity for Jon to take his business to the next level.”


Value Engineering, a Lansing, Mich.‐based civil engineering firm, provides quality design and construction services to connect people and communities for both private and government contracts. Clients include the Michigan Department of Transportation, City of Lansing, City of Detroit, Ingham County, and Wayne County. Value Engineering is the winner of the 2018 COMTO DBE firm of the year award and is thankful for the continued recognition from peers, clients, and the communities it serves.


MSUFCU is a member of FHLBI, one of 11 independent regional cooperative financial institutions across the U.S. FHLBI is privately capitalized and owned by member banks, credit unions, community development financial institutions (CDFIs), and insurers across Indiana and Michigan. As a cooperative, its members receive lower borrowing costs, which are subsequently passed on to consumers, businesses, and communities.

MSUFCU has a national reputation for excellence and has received several top industry and workplace awards. The Credit Union was named as a Top Workplace in the large employer category by the Detroit Free Press for eight consecutive years, received a 5 star rating from Bauer Financial in 2020, was named a Top 100 Best Workplace for Women by Fortune for the third year, and is in the top five Michigan credit unions by Forbes Best-in-State Credit Unions. MSUFCU was named a Best Workplace in Financial Services and Insurance by Fortune Magazine two consecutive years, received the ATHENA Award® for Organizational Leadership, and was named West Michigan Best and Brightest to Work For the eighth year in a row. The Credit Union earned the ranking of one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest in Wellness for the eighth consecutive year, and has been certified as a Great Place to Work® for seven consecutive years. MSUFCU has also been recognized for its financial education initiatives, ranking first for the Alphonse Desjardins Adult and Youth Financial Education Awards, and the Louise Herring Award as well as an honorable mention for the Dora Maxwell Award by the Michigan Credit Union League. Founded in 1937, MSUFCU is headquartered in East Lansing, MI, has 21 branches, nearly 300,000 members, over $5.4 billion in assets, and more than 900 employees. For more information, visit msufcu.org.

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