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For Immediate Release
September 14, 2007 Contact: Charles Evenson
608-266-2026

DFI Supports First-Ever Wausau Money ConferenceTM

Event Offers Financial Education for All Ages

(Madison) Secretary Lorrie Keating Heinemann said today that DFI is happy to help support the first-ever Wausau Money ConferenceTM. The family event offers high-quality, impartial financial education programming in a fun, motivational setting. It will be held Saturday, September 29 at Northcentral Technical College, 1000 West Campus Dr., Wausau from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“Licensing and regulation can only go so far in protecting consumers and their money,” said Secretary Heinemann. “Part of DFI’s mission is to promote financial literacy through programs such as this one. Improved financial literacy helps people avoid money mistakes and make the best use of the money they have.” I encourage everyone to attend this conference, particularly young people,” added Secretary Heinemann.

Adults may select from more than 15 sessions. They include: Budgeting Basics . . . How to Have More Money Than Month for a Change, Understanding Credit and Your Credit Score, Payday Loans—You Can Do Better, The Financial Implications of Trouble With the Law, Health Care—How to Make it Affordable and Reverse Mortgages . . . What They Are All About. There also will be three sessions each in Spanish and Hmong. Youth sessions include: JA Dollars and Sense, Mad Money/Reality Store and How to Do Your Checking.

DFI created The Money ConferenceTM eight years ago in Milwaukee. It has been held there ever since and also several times in the Fox Cities, Madison, Racine/Kenosha and Shawano/Menominee. More than 5,000 people have attended. The Money ConferenceTM is now produced by Asset Builders of America, a nonprofit organization that won a Governor’s Financial Literacy Award last year for its outstanding work in promoting financial literacy in Wisconsin.

Registration fees for the conference are $3.00 for adults if pre-registered and free for youth under 18 years of age. The cost for walk-ins to register on event day is $4.00 for adults and $1.00 for youth. Fees include continental breakfast, lunch and parking. Pre-registered participants also get a free credit report with their credit score plus a one-on-one consultation with a credit expert. Registration and continental breakfast start at 7:30 a.m. For more information and to register please contact Richard Entenmann of Asset Builders of America toll-free at 866-304-6896 or Tammy Statz of Wausau Community Development at 715-261-6680. Or visit Asset Builder’s website at: www.assetbuilders.org.