Fifth Third Bank Hosts Seven ‘Money Smart Week’ Workshops for Small Business Owners

Rockford, Illinois (PRESS RELEASE – March 24, 2011) – The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s annual “Money Smart Week” public service campaign will occur April 2 through April 9 throughout Illinois.  In concert with this state-wide effort, Fifth Third Bank will host “Keeping Small Business Strong” a free informational workshop and networking event for small business owners on Wednesday, April 6th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Fifth Third Bank, Aurora, 1851 W. Galena Boulevard. Contact Ted Kubek 630-801-2851
  • Fifth Third Bank, Chicago/Hyde Park, 1420 E. 53rd Street. Contact Pam Harris, 708-857-3456
  • Fifth Third Bank, Chicago/Wicker Park, 1209 N. Milwaukee. Contact Alvaro Hernandez, 773-227-5103
  • Fifth Third Bank, Naperville, 1296 Rickert Drive. Contact Amit Patel, 630-983-2478
  • Fifth Third Bank, Northbrook, 2775 Dundee Road. Contact Mahmoud Barqawhi, 847-272-6610
  • Fifth Third Bank, Oak Lawn, 9400 S. Cicero. Contact Jorge Reyes, 708-857-3411
  • Fifth Third Bank, Rockford, 3154 McFarland Road. Contact Melissa S. Miller, 815-978-6125

“The last few years have been very challenging for small businesses,” said Johnathan Choe, SVP, Retail Operations, Fifth Third Bank.  “So many have been focused on staying afloat that they haven’t given time or energy to consider what opportunities  may exist that could help them grow or refine their business.”   Choe explained that the April 6th workshop is intended to offer a quick-and-easy way for business owners to get useful information on things they can consider to help their business and network with other local small business owners.  Among the topics that will be discussed at the seven workshops include Small Business Administration lending today, programs, how to prepare your financials and business plans for future opportunities, and available local and governmental resources and programs for small business owners.   One lucky person at each event will be randomly chosen to win an iPad courtesy of Fifth Third Bank.  “The health of our small business community is directly tied to our local economy and as such we all have a vested interest in helping our local businesses continue to grow and prosper,” Choe added.

About Money Smart Week

Coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and its 250 partner organizations, Money Smart Week, is designed to educate consumers about money management.  More than 450 free classes, seminars and activities will take place during Money Smart Week.   A calendar of events for this year’s Money Smart Week, along with additional updated information is now available on the Chicago Fed’s Web site:

About Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Company has $111 billion in assets and operates 15 affiliates with 1,312 full-service Banking Centers, including 103 Bank Mart locations open seven days a week inside select grocery stores and 2,445 ATMs in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia and North Carolina. Fifth Third operates four main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, and Investment Advisors. Fifth Third also has a 49% interest in Fifth Third Processing Solutions, LLC. Fifth Third is among the largest money managers in the Midwest and, as of December 31, 2010, had $266 billion in assets under care, of which it managed $25 billion for individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Investor information and press releases can be viewed at Fifth Third’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Global Select Market under the symbol “FITB.” Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

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