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McKinney-Sponsored Workshops Continuing

August 29, 2000

Washington - Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), is pleased to announce the continuing success of "Empowerment 2000", a series of free and informative workshops held in Georgia's 4th Congressional District to inform, educate and motivate.

Four of the scheduled seven "Empowerment" meetings have already occurred and participants have received useful and valuable information from trained professionals.

McKinney commented, "I'm always very pleased to offer these outlets of information to the good people of Georgia. It's a great way for us all to get useful information that many of us wouldn't know where to get otherwise."

"Empowerment 2000" started off with "The Franchise Empowerment Workshop" which was held at Georgia Perimeter's South Campus. The session provided participants with valuable information about opening a franchise. Attended by McKinney, participants were informed of the various rules and regulations and given hints on how to develop and execute successful franchising strategies.

In conjunction with representatives from the Federal, State and Local government, McKinney then presented a "Grants Empowerment Workshop" which was held at Perimeter College.

The session informed individuals on the financial resources that are available from several sources to start a business. As a result of this workshop, McKinney hopes that participants are now empowered to serve the community through non-profit and small businesses.

McKinney also hosted the "Third Annual International Community Health Fair" held at Georgia Perimeter College, in conjunction with the Coalition of Concerned Africans, DeKalb County Board of Health, and the Department of Nursing at Georgia Perimeter College.

The event provided free health services for local residents including the growing Atlanta immigrant and refugee communities, many who do not have access to quality healthcare. It also provided an excellent opportunity for individuals to receive quality medical service and advice from the healthcare community.

A free Home-Buying Fair was hosted by McKinney in conjunction with Fannie Mae Foundation to help people understand that the American dream of homeownership is within their reach.

Held at the Decatur Library, participants met with industry experts on topics such as Locating a Home, Home Inspection, Housing Counseling and Budget Management, Predatory Lending, and Mortgage Financing Products. Presenters included loan officers, attorneys, insurance agents, and others who assisted fairgoers in learning the ins and outs of the home buying process.

Future "Empowerment 2000" sessions include: Military Academy Day on Saturday, September 9th from 10:00 am until 1:00 p.m. at Perimeter College, Clarkston Campus, Jim Cherry Learning Center located at 555 North Indian Creek Road, Clarkston. For additional information and to RSVP, contact Charles Smallins in the Decatur District Office (404) 377-6900.

Social Security Empowerment on Monday, September 11th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am at Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street and from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at The South DeKalb Senior Center 1931 Candler Road. For additional information and to RSVP, please contact Dana Mott in the Decatur District Office at (404) 377-6900.

College Expo on Wednesday, September 20th at North Lake Mall and again on Wednesday, September 27th at South DeKalb Mall, both from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.. For additional information and to RSVP, contact Charles Smallins in the Decatur District Office (404) 377-6900.

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