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For Immediate Release
March 17, 2008 Contact: Charles Evenson

DFI Helps Sponsor Third Annual Shawano/Menominee Counties Financial Wellness Conference

(Madison) DFI Secretary Lorrie Keating Heinemann said today that DFI would help sponsor the Third Annual Shawano/Menominee Counties Financial Wellness Conference—The Money ConferenceTM. Menominee Indian High School in Keshena will host the event that will be held Saturday, March 29th from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Sign-in begins at 7:30 a.m.

“This family event creates a perfect forum 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 also want to commend Asset Builders of America, the producer of this event, for winning a 2008 Governor’s Financial Literacy Award for their outstanding work promoting financial literacy. “This event is an example of that work,” added Secretary Heinemann.

Noted financial literacy expert Professor Mark Schug, former Director of the Center for Economic Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will be the morning kickoff speaker. A widely recognized scholar, Dr. Schug has written and edited over 180 articles, books, and national curriculum materials. His topic will be Rules for Staying Ahead in a Recession. 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:

  • How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck
  • Understanding Credit and Your Credit Score
  • How to Plan Nutritious, High Quality Meals and Economical Meals
  • Homeownership 101

Youth sessions include:

  • Savings—How to Get Started
  • How to Pay for College
  • How to Get that Summer Job . . . or Start Your Own Business

The conference offers childcare for children between the ages of two and six (advance reservations requested), a free 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 21 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, CoVantage Credit Union, SCEPI, Associated Bank, M&I Bank, Shawano Community Education, Shawano Municipal Utilities, Menominee Indian School District, WisconsinSaves and DFI.
The conference is free to those who register by March 21. 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