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For Immediate Release
March 06, 2007 Contact: Charles Evenson

Second Annual Shawano/Menominee Counties Financial Wellness Conference


(Madison) DFI Secretary Lorrie Keating Heinemann said today DFI will sponsor the Second Annual Shawano/Menominee Counties Financial Wellness Conference—The Money ConferenceTM. Menominee Indian High School in Keshena will host the event which will be held Saturday, March 31, 2007 from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m.

“This family event creates a forum that is perfect for bringing together financial experts with people who want to build financial skills and knowledge,” said Secretary Heinemann. “I am happy that DFI can support it because promoting financial literacy is an important part of our mission. I encourage everyone to take advantage of an opportunity to get unbiased financial information in a family setting,” added Secretary Heinemann.

Professor Mark Schug, former Director of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will be the morning kickoff speaker. Dr. Schug has worked with DFI’s Office of Financial Literacy to create the National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy, a nationally recognized teacher training program.

Among the adult conference breakout sessions are:

• Smart and Not-So-Smart Ways to Borrow Money
• Credit Report: Understanding the Numbers
• Social Security: Can I Retire on it?
• Starting Your Own Business

Youth sessions include:

• Dollars and Sense
• Savings Game
• Preparing for Life Beyond High School
• How to Pay for College

The conference offers childcare for children between the ages of two and six (advance reservations requested), a healthy breakfast and lunch prepared and donated by the Menominee Tribal Clinic, a free copy of each participant’s credit score and door prizes that will be distributed throughout the day.

The first 50 registrants get a free piggy bank and every adult over age 18 who pre-registers by March 23 will be in a drawing to win $100 in Chamber Bucks provided by the Shawano County Chamber of Commerce.

Asset Builders of America, a nonprofit organization, produces the conference along with several sponsors and Shawano-area businesses including WHEDA, Wisconsin Automobile & Truck Dealers Association, Menominee Casino, Diabetes Prevention Program, Northwestern Mutual, CoVantage Credit Union, Associated Bank, M&I Bank and DFI

The conference is free to those who register by March 23. Walk-ins who are adults will be charged $2.00 at the door and walk-ins who are children will be charged $1.00 at the door.

To register:
Call: Community Education Office, Sandi Kane – 526-3194 ext. 4002
Call: Menominee Business Center, Carrie Grignon – 799-5720
Call: Richard Entenmann of Asset Builders of America toll-free – 866-304-6896 or visit