Financial, legal and accounting professionals will discuss a variety of relevant subjects recommended by an advisory group that included Aubrey Lee Sr., Fifth Third senior business adviser. Lee focuses on the business side of diversity with emphasis on faith-based initiatives and business development for Fifth Third. He retired as senior vice president of NBD/Bank One, and chairman/president of NBD Troy Bank.
Topics to be covered will include construction and working-capital project financing, small business development and financing, congregation banking services, faith-based accounting standards and processes, legal structures and home ownership. The symposium will also include information on how faith-based organizations can access Fifth Third Bank's exclusive Economic Empowerment Program (EEP) grant funds. The EEP provides up to $20,000. This is a great opportunity to learn all you can about financial services to faith-based organizations.
Last year's symposium was a huge success, with over 75 people - representing local churches, mosques and community development corporations - participating in classroom styles Q&A sessions and one-on-one consulting with financial professionals. The Community Belief Banking Symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is open to all faith-based institutions, at no cost. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended by calling Fifth Third Bank at (248) 603-0588. For more information, call Dolores Sturdivant at (313) 566-2525.
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