Your Ticket to Financial Empowerment


Register online for the free 'Smart Money Summit & Expo' set for July 16, at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center

Please join Councilmember Anthony Young and me as we team with members of the San Diego City-County Reinvestment Task Force to present "Smart Money Summit & Expo," a one-day financial literacy event featuring a series of workshops designed to inform and increase the financial knowledge of all San Diego residents.

The workshops will be led by experienced professionals from local non-profits, community organizations, government agencies and financial institutions.

Registering early online provides participants a free chance to win raffle prizes that include iPods, iTune cards, Padres tickets and souvenirs and many others.

Topics include first-time homebuyer assistance, college preparation, and financial assistance, credit reconstruction, increasing your FICO score after a financial set-back, and starting, financing, growing and marketing your business in a turbulent economy. Additionally, job preparation resources will be available for both adults and youths.

HUD approved housing counseling agencies will be on hand to provide free individual foreclosure prevention services while pro bono attorneys and Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) will offer legal education and resources. Information also will be available on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), debt cancellation, mortgage relief and bankruptcy services.

Community resource agencies will be present to conduct benefit eligibility screening in food stamps and other income support programs. SDG&E will be providing information on its low-income energy programs, and San Ysidro Community clinic will have information about community health programs.

Several booths will provide information on asset building programs, workforce development, small business development, financial planning, health benefits, and new financial product information from sponsors and community partners.

The "Smart Money Summit and EXPO" takes place Saturday, July, 16, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave. San Diego 92114. Admission is free. More information, and free registration, is at