Heather AndersonOn Nov. 1, the Kansas City Royals won the World Series. It had been 30 years since the last Royals championship and marked the second time in history the citizens of Kansas and Missouri agreed on something since the Civil War drove them apart. (Credit union leagues, however, are an exception.)

Having grown up in Kansas, I remember when the Royals won the World Series in 1985. It was the George Brett era, and that event produced the same kind of chest swelling pride Kansas City is experiencing now.

When a small market like Kansas City wins a championship, it’s a bigger accomplishment than when teams like the Yankees, Red Sox or Giants win. Sure, a championship is an extremely difficult feat for any team, but teams like the Royals can’t buy talent. They have to grow it.

Sound familiar? Credit unions face the same struggles building a winning team on a small market budget.

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