Renaissance Marin, a non profit small business development center, is a program of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.
Launched in partnership with the Marin Community Foundation, Renaissance Marin provides critical access to training, resources and support services designed to help aspiring and established entrepreneurs achieve their dreams of small business success and financial independence. Please visit our website above.
Sparkpoint is a United-Way sponsored one-stop shop for financial advice and counseling, located in central San Rafael Classes have recently been scheduled for various Thursdays 1/12/12 through 5/31/12. You must register in advance for classes. For more information see
MoneySmart is the Financial Education program of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. It was started in 2001 and provides financial educators with substantial resources to provide financial education in their communities. See http://fdic.gov/consumers/education/
Money Smart Train-the-Trainer Videos: What’s New
The FDIC’s train-the-trainer videos for instructors who teach the Money Smart curriculum for adults have been updated and enhanced to align with recent revisions to the program. The videos are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the FDIC has released the first train-the-trainer video for instructors teaching the Money Smart for Young Adults curriculum. All the videos help instructors learn how to use the instructor guide, become familiar with the student materials, and employ effective strategies for teaching the curriculum. The videos also are excellent supplements to the Guide to Presenting the Money Smart Curriculum, which is on every instructor-led CD. The videos can be viewed at http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/trainthetrainer.html.
GAO Study Features Best Practices Reported in Financial Education
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent agency working for the Congress, recently released a report that outlines the current body of knowledge relating to methods and strategies for improving financial education and discusses the feasibility of a process for certifying financial literacy providers. Financial educators may be especially interested in the report’s collection of viewpoints from experts and practitioners on best practices in financial literacy programs. View a summary or the full report at http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-614.
Award Winners Announced for Excellence in Serving Low- and Moderate-Income Consumers
The FDIC has announced the recipients of the 2011 Chairman’s Award for Excellence, which recognizes individuals at FDIC-insured financial institutions who have worked creatively and responsibly to serve the credit and deposit needs of low- and moderate-income (LMI) consumers. To learn more about the recipients and the products and programs they are involved in, go to http://www.fdic.gov/about/comein/lmiaward.html.
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SPARKPOINT MARIN/ CFR Money Management Series
In conjunction with Community Financial Resources
FREE CLASSES/WORKSHOPS- All on Thursdays at 6:00 pm, ending at 7:30 pm. All at Sparkpoint Marin Center, 409 4th Street, San Rafael, CA
“Building Savings; Building Wealth” May 17
“How Does Your Cash Flow?” May 31
Classes to be announced
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PERSONAL FINANCIAL ADVISORS (NAPFA) CONSUMER EDUCATION SERIES – FREE WEBINARS! To register, go to http://napfa.org/consumer/UpcomingSessions.asp
Webinar Classes are generally Fridays at 10am Pacific Time
Classes to be posted shortly
WOMEN’S INITIATIVE for Self Employment focuses specifically on the needs of low-income women who are exploring a business idea, and offers business management training. Before enrolling in our business management training course, you must attend one of the FREE My Business Action Plan sessions listed below. Women’s Initiative’s My Business Action Plan workshop will guide you through a self-assessment of your business idea and help you develop next steps to launching your enterprise. This is the first in a series of classes designed to support your planning, marketing and other business management skills that will give you the tools necessary to start or expand your own business.
Forthcoming classes: TBA
Get help with your credit and with advice on home ownership and mortgages. See http://www.marinfamilyaction.org/
America Saves is a nationwide campaign in which a broad coalition of nonprofit, corporate, and government groups helps individuals and families save and build wealth. Through information, advice, and encouragement, we assist those who wish to pay down debt, build an emergency fund, save for a home, save for an education, or save for retirement.
See our website, www.americasaves.org.
Women’s Initiative for Self Self Employment is a Bay Area non-profit which provides high-potential, lower-income women the training, training, and on-going support to start and grow their business. The business management training, technical assistance, and financial services we provide — in English and Spanish — improve the quality of life for the women we serve, their families and our communities.
For more information, see www.womensinitiative.org
CalCPA’s Dollars & Sense program brings a panel of CPA experts to workshops hosted by legislators, community groups, schools and businesses to help improve Californians’ financial literacy. For more information, see our website!
First convened in December, 1995, the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy determined that the average student who graduates from high school lacks basic skills in the management of personal financial affairs. Many are unable to balance a checkbook and most simply have no insight into the basic survival principles involved with earning, spending, saving and investing.Many young people fail in the management of their first consumer credit experience, establish bad financial management habits, and stumble through their lives learning by trial and error. The Coalition´s direct objective is to encourage curriculum enrichment to ensure that basic personal financial management skills are attained during the K-12 educational experience. The wheels of education do not need to be reinvented, they simply require balance. See our website
for more information!
JA Worldwide is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
For more information, see our website!