Ivy Tech, IU Northwest to host Money Smart Resource Fairs on April 23 & 24, 2015

rot1On April 23 and 24, the Northwest Indiana Money Smart Week Council (NWI MSW) will host two free Money Smart Resource Fairs aimed at teaching people strategies for better money management. Money Smart offers adults sound strategies and advice for improving your financial IQ and starting your own business.

The fair on Thursday, April 23 is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ivy Tech Community College in Valparaiso.

The fair on Friday, April 24 is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center, room 105, Indiana University Northwest in Gary.

Informative breakout sessions include:
10 a.m. - Identity Theft
11 a.m. - Credit Repair
Noon - Top 10 Tips for Students
1 p.m. - Basic Savings Tips

IU Northwest will also have a health fair in conjunction with its Money Fair, which will include blood pressure and other health screenings, health education information, and nutritional/dietary support.

The two winners for the Money Smart Kid video contest will be announced at a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, April 9 in the lobby of the IU Northwest School of Business, located in the Dunes Medical/Professional Building. Middle school students from Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper and Newton counties were invited to submit entries.

The two fairs are offered along with more than 3,500 free financial programs nationwide during Money Smart Week, April 18 – 25, 2015. Coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and its Money Smart partners, Money Smart Week - Indiana is designed to educate consumers about money management and create awareness of financial education programs on a wide range of topics, such as budgeting, saving and using credit wisely. Other educational activities will be presented throughout Northwest Indiana by local community groups, government agencies, businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations.

“Money Smart Week began as a coordinated effort among a small group of Chicago-area organizations working to promote financial literacy,” says Alejo Torres, Senior Outreach Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. “Today, Money Smart Week continues to expand nationally, providing greater awareness of, and access to, personal finance resources for all.”

Information on all Money Smart presentations throughout Indiana can be found at http://www.moneysmartweek.org. To learn more about the Money Fairs, contact Dian Reyome, Northwest Indiana Money Smart Week Chair at dreyome@centier.com.

About Indiana University Northwest
As one of seven Indiana University campuses, IU Northwest leads the region as the premier, urban campus dedicated to serving the needs of more than 6,000 students from the state’s most diverse and industrialized region. Committed to helping its local Northwest Indiana communities thrive, IU Northwest is best-known for providing a personal, quality and affordable education close to home. IU Northwest positions its students to be leaders with more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and pre-professional degree options available from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest, which actively involves students in research and local healthcare needs through its four-year medical doctorate program. For more information, please visit www.iun.edu.