This Thanksgiving season, let’s give thanks for our wonderful vendors 

At a time when you are more dependent than ever on vendor performance to meet your goals, let’s give thanks for those vendors that live up to their promises. The ones that offer you a fair contract at a fair price and would never dream of sneaking in a hidden fee. The ones that never […]

Three negotiation mistakes that should scare you

You know the saying, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you?” This misguided sentiment often leads credit unions and community banks into DIY negotiations in which they believe they are well prepared to negotiate with vendors.  In reality, however, the institutions are setting themselves up to be robbed blind and get poor vendor performance for […]

Assessing inherent risk: The Maple Street way

What is inherent risk and how do you assign levels to risk to manage it for your institution?  With Maple Street’s approach, you’ll find assessing and ranking risk is less complicated than you may think.

We want to scorecard your vendor management program

Maple Street has negotiated vendor contracts for our credit union and community bank clients for 20 years and, for the last several, we’ve been encouraging a strategy we call “Relationship Contracting.”