Thursday, July 30, 2009

Jacksonville Community Empowerment Expo

The Community Empowerment Expo (CEE) will take place 8:30 a.m-1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Downtown Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.

CEE will offer tangible resources and result-producing workshops to people who live below, at or just above the poverty line. This program has been carefully designed to bring businesses and non-profits together to provide real help to individuals seeking to improve their economic situation.

Workshops will focus on key areas that can and will help improve individual economic status, including:

credit repair
career building
operating on a limited budget
building wealth
leading a healthy life
housing and foreclosure issues
advanced training and education
All workshops will result in a tangible resource for each attendee to take away from the Expo to help improve their quality of life. For example, a career building workshop will not only discuss the importance of a resume, but each person participating will leave with a professionally-designed resume.

Resource Expo
The Resource Expo will include more than 50 partnering agencies, businesses and organizations. In keeping with the CEE focus, each partner must offer a program or service for attendees. For example, a banking institution may offer a no-fee checking account to everyone who registers for and attends a banking workshop following the expo.

Please check back often as the Sept. 12 date for the Community Empowerment Expo nears. This site will be updated with information on specific workshops and resources committed to the event, as well as tips on how to prepare for the Expo in order to get the most out of it.

Community Empowerment Expo Partners

City of Jacksonville
National Disability Institute
Bank of America
ClearChannel Radio
Duval County Health Department
BluceCross BlueShield of Florida
Internal Revenue Service
Jacksonville University
Ready 4 Work

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Foreclosure Workshop In Jacksonville

Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink
invites you to participate in

Florida Housing Help

A community outreach program sponsored by the
Department of Financial Services and the
Financial Action Team (FACT) in partnership with
Wealth Watchers, Inc.

Florida Housing Help is designed to educate
and assist families facing foreclosure.

Event: Florida Housing Help Workshop

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2009

Where: Beaver Street Enterprise Center
1225 W. Beaver Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204

Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

This workshop will include opportunities to meet with mortgage
lenders, HUD-certified housing counselors, local housing authorities,
legal assistance, credit counseling services, and many other
foreclosure assistance programs.

Pre-registration is recommended
online at or call (904) 380-0347.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

SBA Forms Strategic Alliance with Vista Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals

SAN DIEGO - (Business Wire) Ruben Garcia, the San Diego district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), signed a strategic alliance memorandum today with Maria Lopez Flores, President/CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), Vista chapter.

The signed agreement allows SBA and the NAHREP Vista to work together, with SBA and its resource partners providing maximum financial opportunities, training and technological information to NAHREP entrepreneurs.

“I’m extremely pleased with the work that is being accomplished by NAHREP Vista and the excellent leadership provided by Maria Lopez Flores,” said Garcia. “Maria has a rich history of helping entrepreneurs take their place as business owners and I know she’ll continue doing a great job of assisting potential owners to fulfill their dreams of small business ownership.”

This collaboration between the SBA and the NAHREP Vista is building a strong foundation for the future. NAHREP’s mission is to increase Hispanic homeownership rates through educational tools and a network of professionals in the real estate industry.

Notes Maria Lopez Flores, “Having SBA San Diego as a strategic alliance partner only enhances a strong foundation of services for future entrepreneurs, especially those working in North San Diego County.”

To learn more about the SBA call (619) 557-7250 or (619) 727-4883 and visit the web at To find out more about NAHREP Vista, call Maria Lopez Flores at (760) 803-4696.

Release Number: 09-17

U.S. Small Business Administration
Cynthia Harris, 619-727-4884

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

The First Time Home buyers Tax Credit of $8000 can be used as a down payment

Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, said that the Federal Housing Administration is going to permit its lenders to allow homeowners to use the $8,000 tax credit as a down payment.

Marketing the tax credit to the Latino community can be a great way to generate new leads. Here are some ideas of what you can do to attract potential homebuyers.

First: I would include a bilingual version of the tax credit program on my website homepage. As everything that has anything to do with government, this program is not exempt of red tape and confusion. So why not prepare a short tax credit fact sheet in English and Spanish for your visitors. DO NOT forget to make easy for them to ask you questions about the program, that why you will be able to generate and later convert leads into prospective.

Second: Create a bilingual flyer highlighting FAQ about the program and blast Wal-Marts, local business, homeownership fairs and apartment complexes. Make sure to refer readers to your website for more information and leave your cell number and email for easy contact.

Lastly: I will blast the information online at the local level. Create a bilingual Google pay-per-click campaign targeting first time homebuyers in your town. Use keyword like “tax credit program” “first time home buyer” “government assistance”. Utilized the free services of, post a new ad every couple days in the real estate and finance section of your home town, this will help you drive traffic to your website. Write a blog, if you have not done so; create a blog by using some free platform like and

Just keep in mind that if your strategy is educate and inform potential leads, they will appreciate and eventually would love the opportunity to work with you and find a home together.

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