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April is Financial Capability Month

Minnesotans Urged to Take Charge of Their Money, Protect Their Finances

4/3/2017 10:13:09 AM

For Immediate Release:

SAINT PAUL – Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced that April is Financial Capability Month, featuring financial education events statewide that offer an opportunity for Minnesotans of all ages to learn how to focus on their financial goals, manage their money responsibly and protect themselves against scams.

“Financial Capability Month highlights how important it is for every Minnesotan to learn about making smart money decisions from kindergarten to retirement,” said Rothman. “We’re focused on educating and empowering Minnesotans to take charge of their financial futures, whether it’s children learning about the value of saving or adults learning to keep a monthly budget to track income and expenses.”

The Commerce Department serves as the state’s consumer protection agency and regulates more than 20 industries, including insurance, real estate and financial institutions.

A wide range of organizations are planning events across Minnesota during Financial Capability Month, including Junior Achievement, Minnesota JumpStart Coalition, Minnesota Council on Economic Education, Minnesota Credit Union Network, AARP Minnesota and the Better Business Bureau.

Minnesota Financial Capability Roundtable – April 26

The culminating event is Minnesota’s 7th Annual Financial Capability Roundtable on Wednesday, April 26, at 1 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library in downtown Minneapolis.

The Commerce Department convenes the Roundtable to bring together agencies and organizations that support financial capability in Minnesota.

The Roundtable will include a keynote presentation on major trends shaping Minnesota’s financial future, featuring Dr. Steve Hine, director of the Labor Market Information Center at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

To address how state agencies can strengthen Minnesotans’ financial capability, a panel discussion will follow with Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, Human Services Commissioner Emily Johnson Piper, DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy, Office of Higher Education Commissioner Larry Pogemiller and Housing Finance Assistant Commissioner Kasey Kier.

A second panel discussion will focus on the role of community-based resources to support financial capability. The Roundtable will conclude with a poster session featuring the work of agencies and organizations to build financial capability among Minnesotans across the state.

To attend the Roundtable, sign up on Eventbrite or send an email to the Commerce Department at commerce.events@state.mn.us. Registration is required, but the event is free of charge to attend.

Media Contact:
Ross Corson
Director of Communications
Minnesota Department of Commerce
P: 651-539-1463 | C: 651-368-5050 | ross.corson@state.mn.us

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