TCU Talks

A Podcast from Teachers Credit Union

On TCU Talks you’ll hear financial tips and tricks from financial experts, as well as personal stories and advice on a variety of financial topics.


Listen to our latest episodes.

For many, the pandemic has supercharged financial stress. This first episode features TCU's Director of Financial Wellness and Wellbeing Jeff Sobieralski discussing how to manage your money to build financial security, even during challenging economic times like we're facing now.

The pandemic has created widespread economic challenges that could be disastrous for retirement plans. Waylon Peterson, TCU President of Investment Services, joined TCU Talks to discuss how to approach retirement savings amid the current volatility.

Jeff Sobieralski, TCU’s Director of Financial Wellness and Wellbeing discusses how to help your kids develop good habits to keep them financially fit for life. Listen for some easy ways to introduce finance to your children so they develop a healthy relationship with money.

TCU received many inventive ideas during its recent “Innovate! Business Challenge,” which supported the most creative ways that small businesses have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The five winners — from over 60 entries — re-imagined their business models or pivoted to provide new products and services in a way that allowed them to not just to survive, but to thrive.

TCU committed $35,000 to the challenge — $10,000 more than originally offered because of the high-quality entries. The grit and creativity of these and the more than 60 entries we received have been inspiring, and we’re proud to support their efforts.

Certell is an Indianapolis nonprofit developer of global online courses and course materials. Listen to Certell.org co-founder Fred Fransen discuss how technology can help the process of learning but cannot replace the role of the teacher and traditional classrooms.

Bamar Plastics was honored for the development of a new product — The Step Saver. Heather Meixel, Bamar’s CEO, and her 15 employees primarily produce high-precision insert-molded automotive components, but they needed to pivot to recoup lost revenue. Listen to Heather and Quality Engineer Nivedha Vijayakumar discuss how diversification has helped them weather the pandemic.

Chris and Katrina Shoemaker’s upscale Italian restaurant Scarpe opened in downtown Valparaiso less than a year before the pandemic forced their new business to shut down. When things came to a screeching halt, the Shoemakers, along with their son Adam, the restaurant’s sommelier, and his partner, Olivia Fiss√©, Scarpe’s executive chef, reimagined their mission. Listen to the Shoemaker family discuss how they adapted in order to survive.

Nicole Kearney, founder and vintner of Indianapolis-based Sip & Share Wines, is making room for more people to share in the experiences she offers. Listen to how Sip & Share, a purveyor of artisanal and vegan wine at events, festivals and popups adapted to the pandemic — and why she will always bank with TCU.

The free, healthy food Unity Gardens offers to people in need has become even more essential, but the economic downturn compromised its capacity to help. Listen to how Unity Garden’s founder and executive director Sara Stewart, and her partner, Mitch Yaciw adapted by caring for people and feeding them well.

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