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Free Member Seminars

Seminars are a powerful expression of Gesa's commitment to financial education. Invite your friends, whether they are members or not, because our seminars are available to all.

Seminar Schedule

Financial Boot Camp: Starting a Veteran Owned Business

Starting a business while settling in after your military service is an exciting proposition, but it’s also an incredibly daunting undertaking. If you or someone is a veteran and would like to start up your own business, this is the session for you. Learn the importance of financial planning, choosing the right product for your business, and how to manage your portfolio.

Financial Boot Camp: Creating Your Business Plan

Your business plan serves as a road map for future success and is essential in obtaining financing for your veteran owned business. This step-by-step session will guide you through the process of creating your business plan that will eventually be your ticket for financial lending. Learn the importance of a detailed business plan, how to complete a business plan, and why it’s important to keep your business plan up-to-date.

Financial Boot Camp: Choosing a Business Structure

A key step to legally operating your veteran owned business and potentially obtaining financial aid from the government is choosing a business structure and name. Once you have chosen a structure and name, you will need to register them with the appropriate agencies within your state. Learn about the different types of business structures, choosing the best business structure for your business, and how to legally register your business.

Financial Boot Camp: Finding the Right Location

Every business owner must face a crucial task once they’ve decided to proceed with building and opening a new business, finding the right equipment, and location! The right location and equipment will (or won’t) contribute to the success of your business. Attend this session to learn about business compliance, zoning ordinances, and tips on how to choose the right location. We will also discuss the difference between buying or leasing equipment versus buying government surplus. A panel of local employers will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about the topics covered.

Retire on Track

Start planning for your retirement and know you’ll have the savings to enjoy it. This interactive course simulates life in retirement and will give you a deeper understanding of different aspects and realities of retirement. Discover how much you need to save and what to plan for so you have the retirement lifestyle you want and can afford. Attend this session to learn how lifestyle choices link to expenses in retirement, tips on saving for your retirement, and the amount you’ll need to save for the lifestyle you want.

Financial Boot Camp: Licensing and Permits for Your Business

Virtually every veteran owned business needs some form of license or permit to operate legally. Although each business requires a license or permit, requirements vary depending on the type of business, where it’s located, and what government rules apply in your state. Learn the importance of obtaining the correct license or permit, understanding the requirements for your business, and which laws and regulations pertain to you.

Financial Boot Camp: Financing Your Business

Money makes your business go. Combining the knowledge gained from the past five sessions will assist you in gaining the funds necessary to start your business. Not all financial institutions will lend you money needed to start up your business. Attend this session to learn the common strengths and weaknesses in business plans, benefits of FinTech, and conventional vs. non-conventional lending programs.

Financial Boot Camp: VA Home Loans

VA Home Loans are one of the best benefits offered to our military members both past and present. Veteran Affairs helps service members, veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. It provides a home loan guarantee benefit and other housing-related programs to help you buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for your own personal occupancy. Attend this session to learn about the requirements for eligibility, qualifications once you are eligible, and the resources for obtaining a VA Home Loan.

Financial Boot Camp: Understanding Your Credit Score

Your credit score is one of the most vital parts of your financial life. Credit scores follow you forever, and will play a huge role in financial situations throughout your life. Many people think that a credit score only matters when needing approval for a loan or credit card, but it goes far beyond that. Learn how your credit score impacts your life, what a FICO score is, and how to improve and/or sustain your credit score.

Identity Theft: Don’t Wait Until It Happens to You

Have you been a victim of recent data breaches or identity theft and aren’t sure what steps to take next? Join us for a free seminar presented by Gesa’s Compliance Supervisor and learn how to protect your information and recover. Attendees will receive information on the signs of identity theft, data breaches, scams along with recovery and prevention tips.

Custom Home Buying

Are you ready to build your dream home, but are unsure about the process? Gesa has partnered with the experts at Pahlisch Homes to help show you how easy custom building can be–from start to finish. Attend this seminar to learn more about site evaluations and lot selection, choosing the perfect floor plan and finding financing that fits your needs. Attend this event in a newly constructed, custom Pahlisch home.

Design Like a Parade Home Winner

Do you love the designs ideas showcased in the Parade of Homes™? Come and learn from the award-winning experts at StoneCrest Inc. Attend this session to learn more about land and floor plan selections, details to make your home design stand out, and financing - including 0% options. This session is free and will be held at a Parade of Homes™ home, with specific home location to be provided at RSVP.


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Seminar Schedule

Seminars are a powerful expression of Gesa's commitment to financial education. Invite your friends, whether they are members or not, because our seminars are available to all.

Wednesday
22
Feb
Richland Health & Science Center, 891 Northgate Dr., Richland, WA, 99352, Room 249
Starts at: 05:30 PM
Presenter: Cara Anderson
Wednesday
01
Mar
Richland Health & Science Center, 891 Northgate Dr., Richland, WA, 99352, Room 249
Starts at: 05:30 PM
Presenter: Nick Erickson
Friday
03
Mar
1000 W. 4th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99301, Boardroom B
Starts at: 04:00 PM
Presenter: Cassidy Cook
Wednesday
08
Mar
Richland Health & Science Center, 891 Northgate Dr., Richland, WA, 99352, Room 249
Starts at: 05:30 PM
Presenter: Cara Anderson
Wednesday
15
Mar
Richland Health & Science Center, 891 Northgate Dr., Richland, WA, 99352, Room 249
Starts at: 05:30 PM
Presenter: Ben Rutledge
Tuesday
21
Mar
Richland Health & Science Center, 891 Northgate Dr., Richland, WA, 99352, Room 249
Starts at: 05:30 PM
Presenter: Jeanie Nelson
Thursday
30
Mar
Richland Health & Science Center, 891 Northgate Dr., Richland, WA, 99352, Room 249
Starts at: 05:30 PM
Presenter: Cassidy Cook

Note: Seminar dates, times and locations can change without notice. If you have not registered at least one week in advance, please call to register and verify the schedule.


Onsite Presentations

Gesa offers free financial literacy materials and workshops to high schools, colleges, clubs, businesses, and other groups. There is no cost for speakers or materials and each presentation can be tailored to suit the needs of your group or organization. Click here for a list of current topics.

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