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Just as it might feel in the beginning stages of any business, making a large investment of time and money to launch a new credit union can seem like a gamble for everyone involved. The founders of these five newbies have made it past that initial nerve-wracking period and are now watching their babies slowly grow, while continuing to work toward their goals for the institution. Click through the slideshow to read the stories of five credit unions chartered in the past five years.

Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as managing editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 13 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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