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Ryan Wilson (L) and Cassius F. Butts (R)
New partnership focuses on enhancing access to capital for entrepreneurs and small businesses

ATLANTA - GeorgiaChron -- The Gathering Spot (TGS) and 1st Choice Credit Union (1CCU) announced a new partnership to promote support for entrepreneurs, financial acumen, and lending solutions. The partnership will provide unique opportunities for The Gathering Spot's members to build foundational banking relationships as their businesses move beyond the start-up phase.

"We are excited about this partnership with the Gathering Spot and CEO/Co-Founder, Ryan Wilson, whom I consider one of Atlanta's transformational entrepreneurs," explains Cassius F. Butts, 1st Choice Credit Union President and CEO. "We understand having a sustainable business means going beyond angel or early investing, making it necessary for burgeoning firms to establish solid relationships with traditional funding sources."

CEO and Co-Founder, Ryan Wilson explains that, "One of our goals for members of the club is to have access to great banks where they can establish meaningful relationships. The team at 1st Choice is the exact type of partner we were looking for and we are excited about all of the great things we will accomplish together." The Gathering Spot has attracted over 3,000 members to the private club located in the Northyards near Georgia Tech. The venue has hosted notable national and international Fortune 500 companies, entertainment icons and business executives.

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The new partnership is in line with the Credit Union's focus on outreach aimed towards entrepreneurs, small businesses, and media enthusiasts.

About The Gathering Spot

The Gathering Spot is a next-generation network of private membership clubs, which serves as a hub of diversity and a cultural epicenter for ideas, one-of-a-kind experiences, gatherings of impact, and transformative relationships. Members of The Gathering Spot are leading entrepreneurs, creators, disruptors, executives, artists, and forward-thinkers who possess the ambition to make an impact in the world. For more information or to apply for membership, visit www.thegatheringspot.club

About 1st Choice Credit Union

1st Choice Credit Union is an NCUA insured and CDFI credit union, headquartered inside of Atlanta's historic, Grady Memorial Hospital. The credit union is a community-focused organization, owned and operated by its 9,000 members. It was founded in 1946 to serve employees of Grady Hospital under the name Hospital Authority Credit Union. The organization's name was changed to 1st Choice Credit Union in 1991. 1st Choice Credit Union offers a full range of financial products and services for individuals and businesses, with over 200 Credit Union network locations for Shared Banking Services. www.1stchoicecu.org

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