Business Briefs: Goodwill and bank partner to offer finance seminars

May 15, 2013 

Goodwill Manasota is partnering with SunTrust Bank to offer four financial workshops at the Goodwill North Trail Community Room, 5150 N Tamiami Trail in Sarasota.

All of the workshops are free and open to the public. They are:

May 22, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Pay Yourself First: This workshop presents savings and investment options.

July 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: To Your Credit!: In this workshop, attendees will learn about building and maintaining a good credit history, how to address credit deficiencies, and how to read a credit report.

August 21, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: ID Theft Scams: Attendees learn about their rights as banking customers; how to avoid predatory lending; and how to financially prepare for emergencies.

November 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Financial Recovery: This workshop reviews steps people can take to recover financially and rebuild credit after experiencing a financial setback.

The workshops are free and open to the public. The workshop instructors are all financial experts with SunTrust. To register, call 941-355-2721, Ext. 241. For more information, visit or call 941-355-2721, Ext. 241.

So far this year, the SunTrust team of trained volunteer facilitators has educated more than 1,000 people on topics ranging from how to build and maintain a budget, to starting a savings plan, to how they can protect themselves against identity theft.

Publix honors Habitat volunteer

Sarasota -- Longtime Habitat for Humanity volunteer Terry Ball was recently honored for his community service work by his employer, Publix.

Ball serves as District Manager for Publix and is located in Sarasota. He received the "Mr. George Community Service Award."

Publix associates are nom

inated by co-workers for going above and beyond in the commitment to give back to others. In appreciation of Ball's community involvement, Publix makes a donation to the charity of Ball's choice. Habitat is the proud recipient of the $1,000 gift.

"We are very grateful to have the involvement of many volunteers and Habitat celebrates the selection of Terry Ball for his accomplishments," said Renee Snyder, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota. "He has helped us in so many ways, from providing sweat equity to being an ambassador for the Habitat mission."

-- Herald staff reports

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