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Cyveillance Cyber Security Experts to Present at New York City Cyber Crime Conference

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) October 16, 2007

Cyber Intelligence Director Terry Gudaitis will be discussing the profile of online offenders, specifically the typology of persons who prey on children thru the Internet. Terry will be drawing upon her extensive educational and professional experience with law enforcement and cyber investigation issues to explain the unique attributes of Internet predators. She will highlight specific personality characteristics commonly found among Internet predators and also assist prosecutors in understanding the psychological evidence surrounding Internet predator personality attributes.

Cyveillance’s Chief Cyber Security Counsel Adam Palmer will discuss the prosecution of Internet crimes against children. Adam will be rebutting common defenses and will illustrate how to effectively utilize digital forensics evidence for successful prosecution. He will also use graphics and case anecdotes to explain effective strategies for team prosecution, provide best practices for presenting digital evidence, and outline an effective checklist for prosecutors to successfully prepare for trying Internet crimes.

Who:

Dr. Terry Gudaitis is a nationally-recognized authority on cyber security, cyber crime profiling and psychology. She has provided consultation and leadership in cyber crime to public and private industry including SAIC (Science Applications International Corporation) and NSEC (Network Security Corp.), federal intelligence agencies and bureaus, and law enforcement, focusing on domestic and international security issues. Dr. Gudaitis has served on the United States Secret Service Advisory Board for Insider Threat and trained investigators at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Adam Palmer provides legal counsel to Cyveillance on issues involving Internet governance, phishing remediation, malware detection, Internet financial fraud and brand protection. Prior to joining Cyveillance, Adam served as the Director of the Office of Legal Counsel for The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Adam has lectured extensively on prosecuting internet crimes against children to all levels of law enforcement. While a Navy JAG, Adam advised and lectured federal law enforcement agents on the investigation of crimes against children.

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Cyveillance’s Director of Product Management to Present at Merchant Risk Council Conference

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 3, 2008

At the 2008 Merchant Risk Council Conference, Cyveillance’s director of product management, James Brooks will speak about recent trends in blended phishing attacks and provide best practices and processes for organizations to proactively protect themselves and their customers. With increasingly sophisticated techniques and the widespread use of malware, criminals continue to successfully exploit the Internet to commit ID theft and fraud despite increased awareness of these attacks by users. Attendees will learn about the “business” of phishing for ID theft, along with methods organizations can employ to both restore and ensure long-term consumer confidence in online commerce.

Who:

James Brooks is Director of Product Management at Cyveillance and is responsible for online threat and fraud security services. With over 14 years experience in the security industry, James possesses a thorough understanding of security technologies, network and Internet environments, and Internet intelligence strategies. Previously, James worked at NTT/Verio and Genuity, and also held various technical positions with U.S. Naval Intelligence.

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xchangeAGENT Inc. Sponsors the Inter-American Bank of Development Conference in Medellin, Colombia


Tampa, FL (PRWEB) April 22, 2009

The Inter-American Bank of Development (BID) Conference met in Medellin, Colombia from March 26th – March 31st. This event was sponsored, in part, by xchangeAGENT Inc., a payment processing company that specializes in emerging markets. The six day event had a central strategy, globally minded, to focus on improving competitiveness, furthering social development, and to govern and fortify Colombia.

Since the opportunity for free trade is on the horizon, enhancing Colombia’s competitiveness in the global marketplace was one of the central themes at the BID conference. The banks intend to support Colombia in corporate development to create new job opportunities and to increase growth.

Another focus at the conference was that of social development, helping the most unfortunate population better their living conditions enabling them to contribute to the county’s growth. The bank will support the development of human capital through investment of early child development or transitional programs like school-work, the quality and efficiency improvement of social services, and the development and expansion of social protection programs.

The final theme at the BID was to govern and fortify the process to decentralize. The strategy will support the capacity of the country in the provision of services and the procedure of the decentralization process; fortifying the control of the State; the efficiency and effectiveness of the public expense; and the regulatory capacity of the State.

xchangeAGENT’s presence at this significant national conference for Colombia only served to solidify xchangAGENT’s relationships within this country. “We chose to sponsor the BID conference because we wanted to show our full support for Colombia’s efforts to finalize the Free Trade Agreement and decentralize the banks. By being a continuous support during these economic times, we are letting Colombia know that we are in this with them for the long haul,” said Michael Prozer, CEO of xchangeAGENT and XA Worldwide Corp.

Prozer continues, “xchangeAGENT designs its solutions not only to provide advanced technical applications for Colombia and the surrounding regions, but also to use our solutions as a tool to help build the economical landscape and bring about new opportunities and contributions to a region that needs it. Our solutions are designed to not only help us succeed as a company, but also give back in so many ways. We have encouraged the use of our solutions as a revenue source for charitable, nutritional, and educational programs that are very much needed.”

xchangeAGENT Inc. has been operating in Colombia for over 4 years now, and has focused on bringing leading-edge payment technology to this emerging market. One of the most recent projects was creating electronic payment solutions for the government of Medellin to include: Kiosk, Web, Call Center, POS and Mobile Payment Technologies.

xchangeAGENT Inc. has pioneered new mobile payment technologies which will be released throughout South and Central America. “Our Mobile Technologies have been designed for real-time payment transactions and bringing about a revolutionary way to take mobile payment technologies to a whole new level. We have a suite of technologies and applications to Improve the total mobile Customer Experience. We have partnered with MovistarTM, (parented by TelefonicaTM) who will be our provider for cellular and data services to more than 1 million BlackberryTM devices initially. We couldn’t be happier with the development of these new applications and the opportunity to work with our partners for this endeavor” Michael Prozer CEO xchangeAGENT Inc.

xchangeAGENT Inc. is a division of XA Worldwide Corp. which is an enterprise payment solutions provider that offers electronic payment software, electronic bill presentation and payment solutions (EBPP), and e-marketplace management systems with value added services to medium and large companies and governments in emerging global markets. Driving emerging market payments and distinguished by comprehensive international services,XA Worldwide helps customers leverage new technology as well as existing and new resources to achieve superior business and social results.

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Penn State Hosts International Conference to Help Police Fight Crime

University Park, PA (PRWEB) November 12, 2009

Budget cuts are plaguing police departments worldwide because of the global economic climate. Los Angeles, for example, has stopped hiring police officers and eliminated a new recruit class; Atlanta officials have hiked property taxes to end furloughs for police and firefighters, and in East St. Louis, Ill., a police officer commended at a City Council meeting for capturing a murder suspect was laid off the same day. What can police departments do? The 2010 International Conference on Results-Driven Policing aims to provide strategies and tools to help police maximize their resources. The conference is planned for May 6-7, 2010, in Baltimore.

“The most important element for fighting crime today is information and how you use it,” said Joe DeStefano, Penn State Justice and Safety Institute client and business development manager and conference organizer. “Police departments need the best possible technology and information to develop and implement effective strategies and tactics to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in their communities.”

Penn State, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Atlantic Police Academy, Prince Edward Island, have created a partnership to educate and train law enforcement executive and command staff, government managers, research professionals, criminal justice professors and community leaders. This is the first in a series of international policing conferences that will be held in alternate years in the United States and Canada.

Edgar MacLeod, executive director of the Atlantic Police Academy, has been involved in law enforcement for 34 years. He said, “The most pressing police challenge today is the increased accountability placed on police leaders and the increased pressure to provide effective and efficient public safety in our communities. Never before has the challenge been so great to deliver higher-level service without the corresponding resources.”

Peter Cuthbert, executive director of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), said, “The CACP looks forward to partnering with Penn State Justice and Safety Institute and the Atlantic Police Academy to participate in this inaugural international conference. The focus on the challenges in policing and the identification of best practices and potential solutions in maximizing resources to improve efficiencies and reduce crime is essential and at an opportune time.”

Conference participants will have opportunities to learn how to do more with less, as well as about the latest knowledge and best practices for effective results-driven policing from police departments successfully using these methods to fight crime. The format for sessions will be similar to town hall meetings, where participants can ask questions of speakers. Topics will include, but are not limited to, the importance of obtaining and sharing information in policing, how to increase accountability and effectiveness, develop force multipliers, link strategies and tactics, and predict and plan for the future.

In addition, a select group of exhibitors will be invited to attend the conference and exhibit their products and services, DeStefano explained.

“The whole agenda of this conference is about how we use data to develop more vibrant partnerships for better policing and improved public safety,” MacLeod said.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit Penn State Justice and Safety Institute online.

Penn State Justice and Safety Institute (JASI) helps thousands of law enforcement and justice system professionals improve their work skills. JASI serves a broad clientele and its services extend to courts, child support enforcement and domestic relations issues, such as training for federal, state and international clients, including the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. JASI is the sole provider of mandated basic training to Pennsylvania’s deputy sheriffs and has developed and administers the Pennsylvania Child Support Enforcement Training Institute. For more information, visit Penn State Justice and Safety Institute online. JASI is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education, serving more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police) is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Much of the work in pursuit of these goals is done through the activities and special projects of a number of committees and through active liaison with various levels of government and departmental ministries having legislative and executive responsibility in law and policing.

Atlantic Police Academy (Atlantic Police Academy), a division of Holland College, is the preeminent law enforcement training institution in Canada. Offering both full time and in-service programs, the academy trains men and women who want to enter the field of law enforcement and offers advanced training to dedicated law enforcement professionals who need to upgrade their skills or acquire new skills in order to effectively apply new technology in their jurisdictions.

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Public Safety Officers and Information Technology Specialists Come Together for National Conference on Forensic Data Recovery & Cyber Crime


Indianapolis, IN (Vocus) March 2, 2010

PATCtech Electronic Evidence & Cyber Crime Training Conference ~ Indy 2010

http://www.patctech.com/training/indy2010.shtml

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Public Safety Officers and Information Technology Specialists Come Together for National Conference on Forensic Data Recovery & Cyber Crime

At one level, you may just need to recover your boss’s deleted emails. However, you may need to find evidence that supports where a suspect was located during a given time and date, or maybe you have to find the source of a pornographic image.

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, to Give Keynote Speech at GTCbio’s Healthcare Conference Washington, DC Nov. 8-9, 2010

Monrovia, CA (PRWEB) October 4, 2010

Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, to give keynote presentation at GTCbios Healthcare Reform: Dealing with Hurdles and Building Up Successes Conference, on Nov. 8-9, 2010 in Washington, DC.

Congressman Waxman will discuss the legislative implications on healthcare reform, and what to expect in changing times.

A leader on health and environmental issues, Rep. Waxman has fought for universal health insurance, comprehensive Medicare and Medicaid coverage, tobacco regulation, AIDS research and treatment, air and water quality standards, pesticide regulations, nursing home quality standards, women’s health research and reproductive rights, affordable prescription drugs, and community rights to know about pollution levels.

Rep. Waxman has sponsored a long list of health bills that have been enacted into law. These measures include the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (comprehensive health care reform), the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, the Ryan White CARE Act, the Nutrition Labelling and Education Act, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Mortality Prevention Act, the Safe Medical Devices Act, the Patent Term Restoration and Drug Competition Act (also known as the Hatch-Waxman Act), the Orphan Drug Act, and the Childrens Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.

Rep. Waxman has also authored laws that improved the quality of nursing homes and home health services and that set policy for childhood immunization programs, vaccine compensation, tobacco education programs, communicable disease research, community and migrant health centers, maternal and child health care, family planning centers, health maintenance organizations, and drug regulation and reform.

Also presenting at the Healthcare Reform Conference are prestigious organizations including GE Healthcare, the Heritage Foundation, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Center for American Progress, the American Physical Therapy Association, the American Action Forum, and more. For more information, visit http://www.gtcbio.com.

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Penn State Conference Convenes Law Enforcement Executives and Other Leaders


University Park, Pa. (PRWEB) November 4, 2010

As the challenges for law enforcement become more significant and diverse, police officers and executives must find new and innovative ways to stay a step ahead. Whether constraints are technology, environment, people or other issues, police need new solutions to ensure efficiency and safety.

The 2011 International Conference on Innovative Solutions for Law Enforcement will offer new ways to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow for police departments of all sizes.

Leaders from the United States and Canada will present tactics on how to collaborate and access partnerships, resources and technology. The conference is scheduled for April 28-29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penns Landing.

If you keep doing things the same way, youre going to get the same results, and those results wont always suffice, said Joe DeStefano, Penn State Justice and Safety Institute client and business development manager and conference organizer. Law enforcement must constantly explore new and effective strategies and tactics to meet their stakeholders needs.

Penn State, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Atlantic Police Academy have continued their partnership after the success of the 2010 International Conference on Results-Driven Policing. This international partnership seeks to facilitate collaboration between police executives and command staff, government managers, community leaders, educators and researchers, through education and training.

Conference attendees will have the option to choose breakout sessions that will be most appropriate for their particular needs, creating a custom fit to the strategies. Topics include suggestions on how to create positive partnerships with the community, suggestions on how state and municipal organizations can best work together, and obtaining funding and resources.

Each of the breakout sessions will have something for everyone, said DeStefano. Attendees will be able to take home useful strategies and tactics to meet the specific needs and challenges of their communities.

All participants will receive digital copies of every presentation so they can further review and more effectively implement the strategies offered at the conference.

The conference features a variety of high-profile presenters, including Commissioner Charles Ramsey of the Philadelphia Police Department; Chief William Blair of the Toronto Police Service; Dr. David Weisburd, Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University; and Chief Constable Jim Chu of the Vancouver Police Department. Chief Chu received great acclaim for his highly effective to security during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute website.

Penn States Justice and Safety Institute(JASI) helps thousands of law enforcement and justice system professionals improve their work skillssomething it has been doing for more than 35 years. JASI serves a broad clientele and its services extend to courts, child support enforcement and domestic relations issues, such as training for federal, state and international clients. JASI is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Much of the work in pursuit of these goals is done through the activities and special projects of a number of committees and through active liaison with various levels of government and departmental ministries having legislative and executive responsibility in law and policing.

The Atlantic Police Academy, a division of Holland College, is the preeminent law enforcement training institution in Canada. Offering both full-time and in-service programs, the academy trains men and women who want to enter the field of law enforcement, and offers advanced training to dedicated law enforcement professionals who need to upgrade their skills or acquire new skills in order to effectively apply new technology in their jurisdictions.

Penn State JASI is also partnering with the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern PA who will provide logistical support and MAGLOCLEN who will provide technical and equipment support.

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Texas Partnership for Children in Nature Calls For Happier, Healthier, Smarter Kids; Statewide Conference Dec. 3-4 to Probe Problems, Solutions

Austin, TX (PRWEB) November 23, 2010

Go outside and play. How many times did todays parents hear that familiar phrase while growing up? Studies say kids today dont hear it enough, and that its time for a change.

Mobile devices and video games have all but replaced the days of playing Kick the Can on neighborhood streets with friends, or just hanging out at a park all day. In fact, kids today spend just four to seven minutes outside each day in unstructured outdoor play (like climbing trees), yet more than seven hours each day in front of an electronic screen.

If we dont address this issue today, then what were facing in the next generation is that children will have a much shorter life span than their parents,” said Dr. Kimberly Avila Edwards, a pediatrician at the Texas Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood Obesity at Dell Childrens Medical Center of Central Texas and chair of the Texas Pediatric Society obesity committee.

Avilas talking about the link between childhood obesity and sedentary indoor lifestyles. Shes part of a growing chorus of expert voices from diverse disciplines, all urging steps to reconnect kids and families with nature and the outdoors.

The Texas Partnership for Children in Nature will host a conference to address the problem Dec. 3-4 in Austin. The purpose is to present the partnerships strategic plan to educators, conservationists, health practitioners, policymakers and others who care about the issue and can work to implement the plan in their communities.

The Austin conference is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Winkler Family Foundation. Friday, the public is welcome to join from 8 am to 3 pm, to see the plan presented, for the cost of lunch, $ 11. See the conference website for the complete agenda and list of speakers and topics. Please see details, agenda, and access registration at http://www.texaschildreninnature.org.

Conference speakers include Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department executive director; Joe Frost, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin professor emeritus; Kevin Coyle, National Wildlife Federation vice president of education; Elizabeth Goodenough, Ph.D., creator of the PBS documentary Where Do the Children Play?; and Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas vice president and chief medical officer and former Texas Department of State Health Services executive director.

As the trend away from outdoor play and learning deepens, we are witnessing sobering consequences for childrens health and well-being, said TPWDs Smith. Additionally, this youngest generation is missing out on critical experiences that lay the foundation for future stewardship of our natural resources.

The good news: experts say the problem is solvable. Unlike complex environmental or economic problems, getting families and children back to nature is relatively straightforward and inexpensive. We can reverse this trend, Smith said. We can restore our childrens well-being and their relationship with Texass rich natural and cultural heritage.

The partnerships roots trace to fall 2009, when a bi-partisan group of Texas legislators asked TPWD, the Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of State Health Services and Texas Department of Agriculture to form a public-private partnership and develop a strategic plan. Over 80 professionals answered the call, including representatives from state and federal agencies, non-profits, businesses, and health, education, natural resource and community organizations.

Their discoveries include some sobering statistics:

NutriTalk, Inc. To Present At The California Childhood Obesity Conference


Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) February 08, 2011

A Senior Executive of NutriTalk, Inc.’s Consumer Health – Disease State Management Group presented today at the 2007 California Childhood Obesity Conference entitled: “Protecting The Future Of Our Children”. The four-day event, held in Anaheim, California, is the largest gathering of professionals on the topic of pediatric overweight in the State of California, attracting over 1,400 public health officials, government policy makers, business and civic leaders, educators, and top health care industry leaders.

Childhood obesity continues to increase in the United States and is the result of a multitude of social, behavioral, and community factors. The establishment of healthy, positive eating habits and behaviors, and their respective reinforcement, cannot begin at too early an age, and may be developed and reinforced by focusing on developmental objectives established via on-site, nutrition education programs conducted in a pre-school age setting.

Lisa A. Mosing, M.S., R.D., F.A.D.A., President and CEO of NutriTalk, Inc., presented the company’s results in a poster session entitled: “Design and Implementation of a Child Care Nutrition Activity Program In A Faith-based, Pre-School Setting”. The results presented were part of NutriTalk’s Consumer Health -Disease State Management Group’s Healthy Bodies and Souls three-part modular program, designed to be taught in a child care setting. Its unique curriculum and interactive components were developed by registered dietitians in conjunction with a panel of retired elementary and presently-active, pre-school educators; and was designed to focus on specific nutrition activities that heighten the awareness, development and subsequent reinforcement of sensory pattern recognition of fruits and vegetables and their respective colorimetric distinctiveness, specifically stressing their visual, tactile, and olfactory characteristics.

“A possible solution to the growing problem of obesity is awareness and environmental changes,” stated Ms. Mosing. “In our experience, there are various ways to encourage a health-promoting environment at home, as well as in school and the community.” “We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with all stakeholders, including federal, state, and local government, as well as academia and industry, in order to find effective solutions for reducing childhood obesity.”

NutriTalk, Inc. provides corporate communications services such as legislative advocacy & testifying and media relations, as well as strategic planning and customized disease-state management research programs to its corporate clients in the food and beverage, as well as health care industries, including their respective trade groups. In the public sector, the Company helps develop comprehensive, long-term strategies and constructive public policies for improving the health and wellness of all Americans. The Company is structured around establishing itself as an accredited Woman-Owned Business (“WOB”). Beyond its private client work, the Company differentiates itself by seeking to win bids and contracts that are exclusively designated by Fortune 1000 companies and governmental agencies as “woman-owned set-asides,” specifically those targeted at women-owned and operated enterprises.

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Microfinance USA Conference to Ignite Action for Consumer Protection and Increased Microfinance Services in the United States


New York, NY (PRWEB) May 09, 2011

WHAT: 2nd National Microfinance USA Conference

WHEN: Monday, May 23 & Tuesday, May 24, 2011

WHERE: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St. New York, NY 10011

SPEAKER HIGHLIGHTS: Carlos Danel, Compartamos Banco; Jonathan Morduch, NYU Wagner; Felix Salmon, Reuters; Adam Davidson, NPR; Daryl Collins, Financial Diaries and Bankable Frontiers; Bob Annibale, Global Director of Microfinance and Community Development, Citi

Despite an economy crippled by stubbornly high unemployment rates and an ongoing credit crunch, microlenders across the U.S. are creating bright spots of economic mobility and small business growth. At the 2011 Microfinance USA Conference (May 23rd and 24th), the nations top practitioners, investors, and researchers will convene to discuss the future of U.S. microfinance. There, they will be joined by international microlending organizations to announce a campaign for consumer protection standards.

WHILE SMALL BUSINESS LENDING STAGNATES, MICROFINANCE GROWS

With a recent Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council report indicating a 30 percent drop in small business lending in recent years, the need for microfinancethe practice of responsible lending to small businesses too new or too high-risk to qualify with mainstream lendersis clear. And the ability of microfinance to ignite lasting change is proven: Opportunity Fund and the ACCION U.S. Network, the conference presenters, report a business survival rate twice the national average, repayment rates that rival those of mainstream lenders, and a boost in local job creation for each loan provided. Both lenders estimate an average loan size of just over $ 7,000.

Its no wonder that demand for our microloans has nearly doubled since 2010, says Eric Weaver, Opportunity Fund founder and CEO. Especially since the economic meltdown, people are in need of financial services they can trust. And thats what microfinance isa move towards an integrated, inclusive and reliable financial sector.

Small businesses create 64 percent of the new jobs in our country, says Bob Annibale, Global Director of Microfinance and Community Development for Citi. Its clear that microfinance is meeting a critical need, enabling very small business owners to access capital, obtain valuable business training and move their way into the financial mainstream.

CONSUMER PROTECTION: STRENGTHENING MICROFINANCE’S FUTURE

Microfinance USA 2011 will chart the course for the future of the U.S. microfinance industry by rallying U.S. MFIs around a new effort to create industry-wide consumer protection standards. At the conference, Opportunity Fund, Kiva, and ACCION International will call on U.S. microlenders to join them as endorsers of the Smart Campaign, the first global effort to unite microlenders around the common goal of providing all clients with transparent, respectful, and prudent financial services.

“As microfinance continues to grow and mature, we must always keep our clients best interest at the center of our work, says Michael Schlein, president and CEO of ACCION International. This means creating products that are fair and transparent, and committing ourselves to strong consumer protection.

MICROFINANCE IN ACTION

In addition to hearing from over 140 high-caliber microfinance experts at over 40 sessions, conference attendees will tour small businesses in New York that have benefited from microloans. They will meet with business owners like Fauzia Rahman, a former social service worker who struggled to make ends meet after the birth of her first child. She opened a small Halal food cart in the Bronx, and, with a microloan from ACCION USA, a member of the ACCION U.S. Network, was able to buy a larger cart. She met with great success and she recently received a new loan that enabled her to expand her business, double her locations, and hire another full-time employee. Today, her son is looking forward to starting college in the fall.

Nationwide, microfinance has a meaningful impact in hard-hit communities. Bernard McGraw became separated from his wife and children during the chaos following Hurricane Katrina. The family reunited in San Antonio, TX, where he opened Bernards Creole Kitchen, a small makeshift restaurant that quickly became a local favorite, garnering many food awards. A microloan from ACCION Texas-Louisiana, a member of the ACCION U.S. Network, enabled Bernard to relocate the restaurant from a cramped shack to an inviting location, where it has continued to attract a loyal clientele.

I had the vision of how to rebuild my life, says Bernard, but I didnt have the funds. Thanks to my microloan, Ive been able to grow my business and support my family. After receiving help when he needed it most, Bernard also started Gumbo Under the Bridge, a program that feeds homeless people.

ABOUT THE MICROFINANCE USA CONFERENCE

Microfinance USA is the conference where the nation’s leading microfinance champions exchange ideas and information that set the agenda for the future of the field. Conceived and produced by Opportunity Fund and now in its third year, Microfinance USA 2011 is hosted by Opportunity Fund, the ACCION U.S. Network and Kiva. Citi is the lead conference sponsor.

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