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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

Power of the Purse: Saving for College - Getting Started with Washington's 529 Plans

Saving for college is not just a plan, it’s a goal. Studies have shown that students with college savings accounts in their name are more likely to attend and succeed in college than those who do not. At this seminar, learn more about 529 college savings plans and the resources and information available to help students and families be ahead of student loan debt and build success for a lifetime.

Power of the Purse: How to Leverage Life and Business Through Style

Have you ever walked into your closet and exclaimed, "I have nothing to wear!"? The average woman spends 20 minutes just thinking about what to wear – in a year's time that is an entire work week wasted! It is time we learned how to use style to leverage our life, business, and influence. Celebrity guest and personal fashion stylist, Deidra Murphy, Mrs. Washington 2017, will provide you with fashion-changing principles, including how to define your unique shape, how to use clothing to accentuate your assets while camouflaging your concerns, and tips and tricks to help you feel more empowered and confident with the way you dress.

Power of the Purse: Preparing Your Child's Future

Saving for college is always difficult and this seminar will give participants information on carefully reviewing the financial aid process so that you, and your child, can be most successful. You’ll also learn how to save money while your child is in school and how to make it so your child is aware of the importance of financial wellness.

Power of the Purse: Cooking on a Budget

No matter where you’re at in life, one skill that is timeless is how to cook a quick and healthy meal for you and your family. This session will give participants the opportunity to have hands on experience in preparing a budget-friendly meal, regardless of your skill level. You’ll learn basic cooking techniques and what items you should have in your kitchen to save time and money.

Power of the Purse: Investing in Your Future

One of the most beneficial financial decisions you can make is investing money towards your retirement, but it’s hard to know when to start and what investing option is the best for you. This session will give you basic definitions of investment types, ways to plan for retirement, types of retirement accounts and retirement planning mistakes to avoid.

Financial Pitfalls and Identity Theft Risks After Retirement

Join us for a free informational seminar on the financial pitfalls and identity theft risks that are most commonly encountered during retirement years. You’ll learn about what factors to consider when looking for a financial advisor and what steps you can take now in order to keep your assets secure during retirement. Also, learn how to look for signs of potential identity theft and the best practices for keeping your identity safe. A light breakfast will be provided.

Retire on Track

Retirement is something that everyone is excited for, but is not always financially prepared for. This hands on learning experience will give attendees the opportunity to receive an interactive look into how their current lifestyle will translate to a flourishing retirement. The event is free and dinner is provided.

Money Management through Transition

Experiencing a layoff or unexpected change in employment can be a scary and emotional situation. However, there are steps you can take to help ensure a quick and manageable recovery. This session can help you regroup, re-evaluate and plan for the future.

Keeping Score: 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, what contributes to your FICO score, and how to improve and/or sustain your credit score.

Boost Up Your Biz: Business Basics

Learn about the ins and outs of starting and running your own business! In this seminar, we will cover what information is necessary for you to move forward with your business and lay down a foundation for the sessions to follow. Our activities will outline strategies to help keep you on course and motivated throughout the process. Come join us for the first installment of Boost Up Your Biz!

Boost Up Your Biz: Choosing a Business Structure

Planning a business can be tough, you’re just starting or whether your business is growing. This class will help you know what structures are available – including the benefits of each – in Washington and give you some tips on organizing the structure yourself. A companion to the 'Business Permits and Licensing' seminar, this seminar will help you in developing a business structure that works for you!

Boost Up Your Biz: How to Write a Business Plan

Your business plan serves as a road map for future success and is essential in obtaining financing for your 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. Attend this session to learn how to complete a business plan, the necessities for a detailed business plan, and why it's important to keep your business plan up-to-date.

Boost Up Your Biz: Business Permits and Licensing

When you start a business in Washington, there are numerous licenses and permits that may be needed. Where do you start? This seminar explores some of the licensing and permitting requirements in Washington. A companion to the 'Choosing a Business Structure' seminar, this seminar will help you to navigate licensing your business.

Boost Up Your Biz: Financing Your Business

Combining the knowledge gained from the previous five sessions will assist you in gaining the funds necessary to start your business. Attend this session to learn about the common strengths and weaknesses in business plans, benefits of financial technology, and conventional vs. non-conventional lending programs.


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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.

Thursday
01
Mar
Worksource, 815 N. Kellogg St., Suite D, Kennewick, WA 99336
Starts at: 06:00 PM
Presenter: David Chavey-Reynaud
Tuesday
06
Mar
Barnard Griffin Winery, 878 Tulip Lane, Richland, WA 99352
Starts at: 06:00 PM
Presenter: Andrea Hansen & Jennifer Casler
Thursday
08
Mar
Worksource, 815 N. Kellogg St., Suite D, Kennewick, WA 99336
Starts at: 06:00 PM
Presenter: Cara Anderson
Friday
09
Mar
Gesa Headquarters, 51 Gage Blvd., Richland, WA 99352
Starts at: 09:30 AM
Presenter: Eileen Griffin and Manuela Guajardo
Tuesday
13
Mar
Power of the Purse: Cooking on a Budget
Starts at: 05:30 PM
Presenter: Chef Wiles
Thursday
15
Mar
Worksource, 815 N. Kellogg St., Suite D, Kennewick, WA 99336
Starts at: 06:00 PM
Presenter: David Chavey- Reynaurd
Tuesday
20
Mar
Barnard Griffin Winery, 878 Tulip Lane, Richland, WA 99352
Starts at: 06:00 PM
Presenter: Andrea Hansen & Jennifer Casler
Wednesday
21
Mar
Southridge High School Room B120, 3520 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99338
Starts at: 06:00 PM
Presenter: Katie Rousso
Thursday
22
Mar
Worksource, 815 N. Kellogg St., Suite D, Kennewick, WA 99336
Starts at: 06:00 PM
Presenter: Cara Anderson
Thursday
29
Mar
Worksource, 815 N. Kellogg St., Suite D, Kennewick, WA 99336
Starts at: 06:00 PM
Presenter: Ben Rutledge

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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