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Federal Civil Service Benefits

Do you have questions about your benefits as a Federal Civil Servant, but no one to talk to in order to get answers? This course educates civil servants on the intricacies of their benefits and how they change. The class covers both CSRS and FERS Pensions, Survivor Spouse Benefits, Minimum Retirement Age, Military Redeposit, Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), Social Security and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Answers to your questions and more will be provided. It’s never too early to be prepared and spouses are encouraged to attend. Instructor is Don Lindberg, a Benefits Advisor for federal civil servants.

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Financial Self-Defense

There is a growing trend of families using GoFundMe, meal sales and other fundraising events to pay for the funeral costs of loved ones. Many Americans have less than $500 in savings. Last year, a survey found that one in four consumers have no life insurance. Through this course the instructor will present and discuss time tested strategies on the benefits of developing your family’s financial future through various insurance products and investment vehicles. You will learn more about auto protection, home insurance, life insurance types, spending plans and debt management. As a 23 year, licensed investment and insurance agent, Christopher Shipp has educated numerous families across the United States on the fundamentals of financial self-defense. Come and be empowered with knowledge to help you make informed and solid financial decisions.

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Guide to Retirement Planning

You have worked a lifetime to achieve financial success. Learn how to properly set goals and calculate how much you will need to maintain your lifestyle as you define it throughout retirement! You will receive a 230 page textbook covering all class topics. Most importantly, your instructors will explain why people run out of money in retirement and how you can plan to help make sure that it doesn't happen to you. It is never too late to work toward financial peace of mind! Couples may attend together for only one registration fee. Upon completion of your online registration, please call (210) 407-0140, option 3 to enroll your spouse for free. Your instructors are: Jay Howard, FSS, CLTC, radio personality and former "Voice of the Spurs," Ben Mandel, Logan Dietel, FSS, CLTC, and Jeremy Mandel. Class sizes are limited. No discount.

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Home at Last: Buying a Home in 2017

Education is the key to homeownership! Join Beth Ann Falcon and Bobbi Greenman to learn about the current real estate market. You will get the lowdown on the pre-approval process, financing, credit repair, inspections, warranty, title and much more. With real experts in the business such as a senior loan advisor, licensed real estate agent, credit repair specialist and home inspector available to answer any of your questions, you will be sure to leave with the knowledge you need to buy a home in 2017. Couples may attend together for one registration fee. Upon completion of your online registration, please call (210) 407-0140, option 3 to enroll your spouse for free.

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Hot Home-Based Businesses to Start for Under $1000

Do you want to be your own boss, but not sure what kind of business to start? We'll explore at least 25 profitable home-based businesses that you can start for less than $1,000. For each business, we'll discuss start-up requirements and finding the market niches, as well as providing an action plan. We will also cover why some businesses will fit you better than others. This class can be your key to an exciting and profitable future! The instructor is Steve Veltkamp, of Bizshop. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. An optional manual on CD will be available for $35. No discount.

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Long Term Care Options and How to Pay for Them

Most people are more afraid of running out of money than running out of life. How do you stay out of a nursing home, off Medicaid and get the best care? Did you know that you can set up your finances to enjoy your lifestyle, not worry about running out of money and never live in a nursing home? Come and learn how no matter what your income level. Instructor Susan Blumhorst MA, knows the issues and outcomes and enjoys being in the "helping people" business.

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Medicare 101

Get a tune-up on everything you need to know about Medicare so you can be in tip top shape to make the right decisions. You will compare Advantage Plans with Supplement or Medigap Plans. Instructor Susan Blumhorst, will show you how to find the right one for you, and don't forget about Medicare Part D. Become acquainted with that drug plan and what, if any, changes there are. Susan will present the information in a simple and straight-forward manner that will help you now and in the future. Susan is the managing member of Senior Path Specialists, so come get the right information from the expert! No discount.

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Optimizing Your Social Security Benefits

Social Security can be confusing and knowing when to take your benefits is not easy. Should you take them as soon as you are eligible or wait until your benefits are higher? There are strategies for couples that can enhance their benefits for both, plus provide tax savings. People who are widowed or divorced also need to know what is available. This class will provide you with strategies as well as avenues to enhance your benefits. Susan Blumhorst is the managing member of Senior Path Specialists, so come get the right information from the expert! No discount.

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Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights

Attention authors, artists, inventors, small business persons and creative employees. Do you know your rights concerning things you create, improvements and inventions you come up with or names for your products or services, etc.? Learn how to protect potential personal profits. Cline White is a patent attorney.

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Secrets of Saving Money on a Funeral

A funeral can cost as much or more than a wedding. Learn how to shop smart for a funeral by knowing the laws, rules and regulations binding the funeral industry as well as your consumer rights. Find out the right questions to ask, ranging from providing your own casket to comparing cremation costs. You will be amazed at what you can save. Rev. Bill Bischoff, a retired Air Force Chaplain, will provide a light supper for this informative session.

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Sidelines for Seniors

Retirement doesn't mean you need to live on a fixed income! Seniors can bring in extra money in a variety of ways. These are part-time businesses and freelance gigs that are particularly well suited to those over 50. They can be fun, started with very little investment, and can greatly improve your financial situation and fit easily into any lifestyle. Instructor is Steve Veltkamp. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. An optional manual on CD will be available for $35. No discount.

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Small Business Success Boot Camp

This class will cover all you need to know to start a successful business or make your existing one more profitable. Steve Veltkamp of Bizshop will cover, in plain English, all the initial decisions that need to be made. You will learn about logos and web design, structure and legalities, planning, finances, marketing and so much more. Whether you are an experienced entrepreneur or just getting started, you’ll find this course very useful. It’s like an MBA in one class. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. An optional manual on CD will be available for $35. No discount.

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Taxes In Retirement

Do you know what types of taxes you are paying in retirement and how much you are paying? When you are the taxpayer you want to be sure to not over pay in retirement. Join Susan Blumhorst in combing through all of the sticky details, such as understanding the different tax rules that apply to different types of income and how to estimate the amount of taxes you’ll pay in retirement. No discount.

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Turn Your Crafts into Cash

Can you create beautiful or interesting crafts? This course is for anyone who wants to turn their hobby into a moneymaking business. Even if you are already selling your crafts, you'll discover dozens of tips on how to improve sales and profitability. You'll learn how to prepare your crafts for selling, set prices, find the best outlets and expand your market or line. Marketing effectively is the key to profits and this seminar will show you how to do it on a low budget. We'll also provide source listings on where you can obtain your materials for less and the basic business knowledge to keep your enterprise running successfully. Instructor is Steve Veltkamp, of Bizshop. A $5 supply fee is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. An optional manual on CD will be available for $35 as well. No discount.

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Who Will Help You When You Can No Longer Help Yourself?

Seven out of ten people over age 65 will be faced with this decision one day, and if they do not already have a plan in place, the expense of this long term care could involuntarily wipe out a lifetime of savings. You and your spouse are invited to a long term care educational workshop to explore your options regarding long term care and to learn about what the State of Texas is offering in its new Partnership Program to help. Instructor is Gabrielle Gelo, a Long Term Care Specialist, who, after recovering from a disabling auto accident, turned her attentions to helping Baby Boomers maintain their independence in their later years.

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