Atlanta we are headed to your city on March 31, 2017 for a half-day workshop. View below to see our agenda and confirmed speakers.

Credit Assessment Panel: It’s Best to Know

Learn how to leverage credit to build wealth
Facilitators: NFCC, William “Bill” Cheeks, Former Vice President of Consumer Education, Equifax

Founded in 1951, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® (NFCC®) is the nation’s first and largest nonprofit dedicated to improving people’s financial well-being. With nearly 600 member offices serving 50 states and Puerto Rico, our NFCC® Certified Credit Counselors are financial advocates, empowering millions of consumers to take charge of their finances through one-on-one financial reviews that address credit card debt, housing decisions and overall money management. Our counselors can help small business owners balance their personal and business finances to help them build their future. Take that first step today. Connect with a certified credit counselor today at

William “Bill” Cheeks

William “Bill” Cheeks is President of ABBA Associates Inc., a Powder Springs, GA-based fiscal management consultant firm that provides counseling and conducts seminars nationwide to help consumers map a successful Life Plan. The seminars are conducted for companies, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations. Bill is a consultant to the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy and, in that capacity, serves as Eastern States Regional Director, assisting and advising Jump$tart state coalitions in the region. He started the Coalition to Improve Credit Education in April 2016 and serves as the executive director.

Bill was Vice President of Consumer Education for Equifax Inc., one of the largest Financial Information Companies in the world, from 1995 to 2001. He was responsible for implementing a fiscal management and life skills program for high school students. In this role, he had a successful national program and also was a presenter to educators and adults on Fiscal Management, Credit Scoring and Identity Theft.

Access to Capital: Traditional and Non-traditional

Learn how to access traditional and non-traditional funding to expand your business.
Facilitators: Minority Business Development Agency, BB&T, ACE Loans, and SCORE.


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Are you an established business owner aged 30-65 that wants to gain access to business capital? Then join the U.S. Black Chambers and the Atlanta Black Chambers to learn expert advice to reach the next level to expand your business. The free workshops discusses how to make improvements to your business and/or personal credit score, as well as what lenders and equity investors look for when approving funding for business owners.

Credit Clinic

Facilitator: NFCC
Bring your Equifax, Experian and TransUnion credit reports and get recommendations from a NFCC counselor on how to improve your credit scores.

Speed Dating/Matching Session

Facilitators: SCORE, local technical assistance providers
Bring your business expansion plan or write down questions you need answers to. Meet with local technical assistance providers such as attorneys, accountants, mentors, bankers and equity investors to gain insight on how to create a solid business foundation and obtain advice on how to get what you need to continue to build your business.

March 31, 2017

10:00am – 2:00pm
Riverside EpiCenter
135 Riverside Parkways
Austell, GA 30168