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SEMINARS FOR WOMEN TO FOCUS ON FINANCES

Aug. 4, 2002 – Financial management is the topic for a one-day seminar on "Smart Money Moves for Women" that will be presented at the end of this month on St. Thomas and St. Croix by the Women's Business Center.
Yvette deLaubanque, executive director of the St. Croix-based Women's Business Center, said many women just don't understand finances. They're so busy running businesses, their jobs and their families, she said, that this necessity falls through the cracks.
Additionally, deLaubanque noted, many married women leave the finances to their husbands. And if their husbands die or leave them, they find themselves on their own "and they haven't a clue," she said.
Each seminar will have three workshops to be led by Mary Grate-Pyos of Financially Focused Inc. They will cover steps to take to become a wealthy woman, getting your financial house in order, and ways to repair your credit rating and eliminate debt.
Grate-Pyos is the author of "Wealthy Women — Wise Choices." A financial analyst and personal financial writer living near Washington, D.C., she is a weekly columnist for the Capitol Spotlight newspaper, a contributing writer for Onyx Woman magazine and president of Financially Focused, an enterprise that conducts financial seminars.
Also at the seminars, Lisa Harper of Warm Spirit, a company that sells body-care products, will be on hand to discuss "entreprenuerial" opportunities with that company.
On St. Thomas, the event will be held on Aug. 28 at Palms Court Harborview Hotel.
On St. Croix, it will take place at Gertrude's Restaurant on Aug. 30.
Both seminars run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with a book signing and Warm Spirit "pampering" session to follow from 3 to 5 p.m.
The $40 fee for each seminar includes lunch, a copy of Grate-Pyos' book, and a gift from Warm Spirit. To register, call 773-4995.
Grate-Pyos also will lead a financial workshop for college students on the University of the Virgin Islands St. Thomas campus on Aug. 29, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Call 693-1120 for more information on the UVI presentation.

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