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USSFCU Small Business Spotlight: Nicole Harkin Photography

Published: January 9, 2023

USSFCU Small Business Spotlight: Nicole Harkin Photography

Nicole Harkin is an award-winning photographer and writer based in Washington, D.C. She has been taking pictures of families since 2009. Her photography focuses on seeking to capture real life moments. She’s also a pro at taking and producing professional headshots.

Nicole's been a USSFCU member for over 20 years!

" The U.S. Senate Federal Credit Union has actually been my longest and healthiest banking relationship. The folks at [USSFCU] have always been there for me and my small business, be it seeking a loan for a new car or help with the PPP loans during COVID. I know other business owners who are constantly struggling with their bank, and I always tell them to find a credit union! I’m lucky I did.” 

— Nicole Harkin | Nicole Harkin Photography

Nicole was raised in Georgia and Montana as the oldest of four children. She received her BA in Political Science with a minor in German and Geology from Purdue University. I attended Pace University School of Law and was previously admitted to the New York State Bar. As a Fulbright Scholar and then a Robert Bosch Fellow, 

Nicole spent 10+ years working on government oversight, both outside and within the government. At the end of her government tenure, she focused on retirement policy.

In addition to photography, Nicole is also an award-winning writer. Her first book, Tilting, A Memoir was released in 2017 and received a gold in the Wishing Shelf Book Award.

Nicole is currently working on a murder mystery titled Death in Berlin. She is a freelance writer for a variety of different outlets, including Cool Tools, Brevity, Thought Collection, among others. Her writing can be read at:

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Members' Voice Testimonials

This credit union is the best, I love the customer service and you can't beat the interest rates. I'm happy to be a member of this great credit union.

The branch manager introduced herself and was extremely helpful. She stated that if there is anything we ever need to please let her know. Very positive experience!

Greta was absolutely amazing - as always. She makes me and my parents feel valued and supported. We are forever grateful. [The Credit Union] has been hugely supportive over many years. And we feel known and cared for.

Long as I have been with the credit union, I haven't had any problems. I also like the protection on my account.

My overall experience at the credit union was exceptional. The staff was hospitable offering water, my service was timely and professional and the office was well lit and clean.

As a member for more than 40 years, i have always had great service from the USSFCU and know that they stand behind their great reputation.

A top rate Credit Union, [I'm] privileged to be part of! Thank you for all you do for our family! USSFCU Credit Union was able to resolve our financial situation - vehicle, personal loans, customer service/recommendations, within 6 months. We belonged to another credit union for over 20 years, with results not even close to comparison. We switched ...

Your people and products are amazing. The recent [online banking] overhaul is phenomenal. [I've] been electronic banking since Tele action phone banking - paying bills with my push button landline decades ago. USSFCU is light years ahead of everyone else in terms of ease of use and client experience!

I have been a member for more than 30 years. I no longer reside in the DC area but continue to bank with USSFCU because of the ease and the customer service.

I have been a member for over 50 years, and I have always gotten good service with loans, when I had to have service at a branch, and when I needed to have money sent to me from my savings account. The personnel have always been friendly and treated me with respect.

I especially appreciate being able to quickly speak with someone (not a robot) and that person has always been knowledgeable and helpful.

Excellent customer service streamlined and transparent process. The representatives are efficient, knowledgeable, and understanding of the type of loans offered by Credit Union.

The USSFCU behaves as a credit union ought to behave. The staff works with and for the members, not for a corporate board. Interest rates for a car loan, a home improvement loan, and a mortgage are low and terms are transparent.

Staff are courteous and friendly to work with. Very knowledgeable about services and products offered or available. Excellent follow-up with customers.

I have appreciated USSFCU services for many years since I left my work on Capitol Hill. I have appreciated the occasional webinars on purchasing a home or retirement planning.

I have been a member since 2006, and have always appreciated the customer service response to any concern or query. In addition, as I have traveled extensively, USSFCU has provided support and access.

I've had a credit union account for decades, even though I no longer work on Capitol Hill. I now have two accounts. I've been able to do all of our banking remotely, by app or by phone.

I have been a USSFCU member for almost 20 years. There is nowhere else I want my money to be. I always receive excellent service.

I deeply appreciate the stellar service, the proficiency, the professionalism, and the kindness. I am truly honored and grateful to bank with a financial institution that treats customers like family.

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