UNK Center for Economic Education expands $martMoney Week activities to the McCook Community beginning on Monday, Nov. 3,

Mary Rittenhouse
UNK Center for Economic Education, 308.865.8707, rittenhousm1@unk.edu

4th Annual Nebraska $martMoney Week
November 3, – 8, 2008
Schedule Highlights

A more detailed schedule by day can be found at:  www.unk.edu/smartmoney
Here are a few I have been involved in the preparation.

Monday, November 3, 2008
8 – 9 a.m. Kearney Public Library:  4th Annual $martMoney Week Kick-Off Event

Sponsored by: The $martMoney Week Advisory Council
Speakers include:   Doug Tillet, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank
Rick Sheehy, Nebraska Lt. Governor
Doug Kristensen, Chancellor
Stan Clouse, Mayor, City of Kearney
Ryan Ideus, Wells Fargo and $MW Advisory Council
Bruce Forster, Dean CB&T

10:30 – 12:15 at the Miriam Drake Theatre:  Financial Literacy & Education Summit
Sponsored by the UNK Phi Beta Lamba Student Organization and Center for Economic           Education

  • Increasing economic & financial literacy helps to prepare the next generation of citizens.
  • The 2008 Financial Literacy & Education Summit features a panel discussion by national & state education leaders on the purpose & goals of current financial literacy programs.
  • Approximately 150 students are registered to participate and have the opportunity to ask questions
  • Speakers include:
    • Doug Tillett, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
    • Rick Sheehy, Nebraska Lt. Governor
    • Gregg Christensen, the Nebraska Department of Education Entrepreneurship and Career Education Specialist
    • Tim Hruza, UNK Student Body

10:30 a.m. at the Kearney Public Library: Meet & Read with Nebraska’s First Lady
Sponsored by the Kearney Public Library

  • Sally Ganem, Nebraska’s First Lady will be at the Kearney Public Library to talk to elementary grade students about being money smart and share a story with them.

4 – 5 p.m. at the UNK Copeland Hall, Room #142:  What are the REAL Costs & Benefits of a College Education?
Sponsored by: The UNK Student Body Government and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)

  • College students and parents participate in an open discussion about rational expectations concerning debt management and income opportunities.

<After lunch at the Frank House, The Lt. Governor will be traveling to McCook where the Center for Enterprise at the McCook Community College and members of McCook’s financial community has prepared several activities focusing on entrepreneurial endeavors found in South west Nebraska.  Lt. Governor Sheehy will be the key-note speaker at the evening’s dinner.>

Monday’s Events in McCook
Contact Person: Doug Joyce, Center for Enterprise, McCook Community College, 308-345-8123, JoyceD@mpcc.edu 1:00-6:00 p.m.     $martMoney Week: Nebraska Entrepreneurs
Sponsor:  Center for Enterprise, McCook Community College/McCook National Bank
Description:  View products and enjoy some samples of the Nebraska entrepreneurial spirit.
Location:  McCook Community College, McMillan Hall-Room 213
1205 East 3rd
McCook, NE
2:30-3:20 p.m.     $martMoney Week: Being Fiscally Responsible
Sponsor:  Center for Enterprise, McCook Community College/McCook National Bank
Description:  High school students are invited to attend this seminar on financial debt and management. Open to the public, come learn how to avoid debt and build a more secure future.
Location:  McCook Community College, Weeth Theatre
1205 East 3rd
McCook, NE
3:30-4:20 p.m.     $martMoney Week: Online Banking
Sponsor:  Center for Enterprise, McCook Community College/McCook National Bank /Wells Fargo
Description:  McCook bankers team up to provide tips about online banking.
Location:  McCook Community College, Weeth Theatre
1205 East 3rd
McCook, NE

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Kearney: International Entrepreneurship Workshop
Sponsored by the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce and UNK

  • This workshop explores using our individual and collective strengths to build entrepreneurial ventures in rural Nebraska within the context of the global marketplace. Workshop includes: keynote address, concurrent discussion sessions, conversation and network lunch tables.
  • This event has a $10 registration fee at the door.  For pre-registration information contact Carrie Stithem at stithemcl@unk.edu**

Thursday, November 6, 2008
6:30 p.m. at the Kearney Public Library: A Hands-On Approach to Budgeting
Sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank

  • Participants can learn the basics of budgeting and have a chance to win free prizes while doing it.  This workshop is a free, fun financial program that presents the basics of smart money management in an easy-to-use format.  The session will cover tips on how to set up and maintain a budget. Participants will leave with materials needed to start their own personal financial road map to success.

In North Platte on Thursday, November 6, 2008:
2 – 5 p.m. at the North Platte Community College, South: workshops for Business Success
Sponsored by: MidPlains Center for Enterprise

  • This workshop features three general sessions: 1) Taxes, insurance and retirement planning for small businesses; 2) Business succession planning; 3) Making marketing work – a media discussion panel about why marketing is key and how to be successful at it.

Friday’s Events in McCook, NE
8:30 – 3:30 at the Republican River Valley Event Center, McCook, NE: Hometown Competitiveness
Sponsored by: The Heartland Center for Leadership Development
Contact person: Sheri Hink, 402.323.7347

  • Tour Nebraska’s only Frank Lloyd Wright House and join other community leaders for an informative day of learning, sharing, and networking focused on making a difference in revitalizing economies and strengthening the quality of life.

Saturday, November 8, 2008
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at UNK West Center:  Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts of Nebraska Financial Jamboree
Sponsored by: UNK Center for Economic Education

  • Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts of all ages from beginning Scout to the Eagle Scout will work through life situations and learn how to make smart decisions about their money. Sessions will include setting goals and making budgets, determining wants versus needs, basic banking and much more.  Prizes and lunch.