GE Money, the consumer lending unit of General Electric Company, and BizUnite, a leading aggregator of business cost savings programs, today announced a multi-year agreement to offer the GE Money Home DesignSM program to BizUnite’s recently formed co-op of home services businesses. The private-label credit card is managed by GE Money’s Sales Finance unit, which provides billions of dollars in consumer financing through more than 145,000 small and medium businesses on Main Streets across the United States.
The Home Design card provides BizUnite member groups competitive promotions and can be used to purchase a wide variety of home improvement project solutions, including countertops, kitchen and bath remodeling, heating and air as well as spas and pool equipment. Consumers can find approved Granicrete, Blue Hawk, SEN Design Group and Aquatech Society members in their area through GE Money’s online Business Locator. The application process is fast and easy. Credit decisions occur within seconds and cardholders can manage their accounts online.
“We are excited to introduce GE Money to our great network of independent distributors and installers,” said Marc Winkelman, chief operating officer for Granicrete International. “With the Home Design program, they can distinguish themselves above the competition by offering consumers a new source of financing that they will surely want. The Home Design credit card is a convenient, cost effective way to pay for home improvement projects.”
As part of the program agreement, dealers use GE Money’s Web-based finance management portal, Business Center. Business Center provides dealers with an easy, secure way to manage their credit programs and better serve their customers. Thousands of businesses use GE Money’s Business Center to securely access all the sales, operational, marketing and training tools they need at the click of a button.
"The Home Design program offers customers competitive rates and promotions,” said Bruce Christensen, vice president and General Manager of GE Money’s Home Improvement division. "Our partnership with BizUnite and Granicrete is a great option for consumers looking for flexible financing solutions on their home improvement projects.”
BizUnite (bizunite.com) is a division of CCA Global Partners offering 25+ cost savings programs specifically designed to help small businesses reduce business costs and increase profitability - elevating membership organizations to a higher level of success. On average, small to medium sized businesses are saving $2,500 to $6,000 per year with BizUnite. That number represents savings on consumer financing, payment processing, office supplies, package delivery, wireless services, and payroll processing alone. Founded in 2007 by retail powerhouse CCA Global Partners, BizUnite is located in Manchester, New Hampshire.
About Granicrete International
Granicrete International (granicrete.com) has rapidly grown to become the nation’s largest decorative concrete network. With over 60 independent wholesale distributors with training centers along with thousands of independent installers, Granicrete provides consumers with affordably elegant Surfaces.
About SEN Design Group
The SEN Design Group (sendesign.com) is a growing, national organization of independent Kitchen and Bath Professionals dedicated to providing the best investment value to their clients both in products and services. SEN Design Group firms are dedicated to serving the consumer and providing an atmosphere that empowers clients to make the most intelligent choices for their projects.
About Blue Hawk
BLUE HAWK (bluehawk.coop) was formed in May 2005 to maximize the strength of independent HVACR distributors throughout the United States. BLUE HAWK members distribute a wide range of HVACR related products to the residential and commercial construction trades including Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration.
About Aquatech Society
The Aquatech Society consists of Aquatech pool building professionals and AquaValue retailing professionals, who are involved with all aspects of the pool and spa industry. Over the past 48 years, Aquatech Society membership has grown nationwide, the Aquatech Society has become the pool and spa industry’s only fully integrated member services company in the nation. The Aquatech Society’s enduring strength is grounded in its core values (integrity, reliability, quality), which set them apart from any other group in the pool and spa industry. To find an Aquatech Society professional in your area, visit aquatechpools.com (to find a builder) or aquavalue.com (to find a retailer).
About GE Money
GE Money’s Sales Finance unit, based in Kettering, Ohio, is a part of General Electric Company’s GE Capital division, (NYSE: GE). GE Money (gemoney.com) provides credit card programs and financial services for consumers through dealers; national, regional and independent retailers; associations; contractors; manufacturers; healthcare practices; and service providers in nearly 20 industries including: automotive, consumer electronics and appliances, elective health care, floor covering, home design and improvement, home furnishings, jewelry, music, powersports, outdoor power equipment and sporting goods. More information can be found gecapital.com and twitter.com/gecapitalnews.
GE (ge.com) is a diversified global infrastructure, finance and media company that is built to meet essential world needs. From energy, water, transportation and health to access to money and information, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. GE is Imagination at Work. For more information, visit the company's Website at gereports.com and twitter.com/ge_reports.