FREE Smart Money Choices Conference

Maximize your Financial Decisions at a FREE Smart Money Choices Conference

Trained professionals to teach financial literacy

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COLUMBUS, OH – Learn how to make more informed financial decisions with tools such as budgeting worksheets, checklists and a self-assessment at a FREE financial literacy conference. Participants will learn helpful financial information based on where they are in life – from the birth of a child to retirement.

Smart Money Choices is a valuable, free financial-planning conference for all Ohioans presented by Ohio Treasurer Kevin L. Boyce.

 “The purpose of this conference is to provide the necessary information so Ohioans can make smart financial decisions,” said Treasurer Boyce. “In light of the current economic climate, the Smart Money Choices conference is a must for anyone seeking expert financial advice.”

The Hope Hotel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Building 823 - Area A) will host the conference on July 23. The full-day conference is supported by a variety of statewide and regional partners.

Participants may choose to attend the morning session (8 a.m.-11:45 a.m.), the afternoon session (1 p.m.-4:45 p.m.) or a full day of classes. Local financial experts will show residents how they can save more of their hard-earned cash in a variety of classes that include: Budgeting, Credit & Debt Management, Consumer Fraud, Estate Planning, Insurance, Investments, Kids & Money, Programs to Help Ohioans, Retirement Planning and Social Security. Sessions are taught by trusted, financial planning experts and the event includes panel discussions.   The RTA will provide a dedicated round-trip bus route from their Downtown-Dayton hub to the Hope Hotel for the afternoon session.  Please call the Treasury’s Dayton office at 937-222-1879 for details.

An additional conference is being offered this year in downtown Dayton. The second FREE Smart Money Choices conference will be held on July 24 at the cafeteria of the Montgomery County Job Center from 9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Topics will include a focus on crisis management, finding solutions to a loss or drop in income and dealing with credit card debt. Free parking is available and registration opens at 8:30 am.

“The difficult economy is forcing many people to search for second jobs and to find other means to pay their monthly bills,” said Treasurer Boyce. “But with more information and knowledge from the Smart Money Choices conference, people can make better financial decisions. Those decisions will make their community and our state stronger and more stable.”

Hundreds of Ohioans participated in the statewide Smart Money Choices conferences in 2009. Participants said they found the programs highly informative and many reported that they planned to make changes to their personal financial management approach.

The conferences are part of the Treasury’s commitment to provide Ohioans with the knowledge they need to make more informed personal finance decisions. The annual tour will feature a financial literacy conference in nine Ohio cities throughout the summer.

Registration for the Dayton conference begins June 21. For registration and additional information, please visit the Ohio Treasury’s Web site at www.ohiotreasurer.gov or call toll?]free at 1?]800?]228?]1102. Participants also may register the day of the event for the July 23 conference at 7:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. For the July 24 conference, participants may begin to register at 8:30 a.m.

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