Get Smart Wausau Coalition financial literacyAsset Builders, the Get Smart Wausau Coalition, and many sponsors and community partners will present the sixth-annual Financial Wellness Conference on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Wausau’s John Muir School. Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 am, with the program lasting from 9:00 until 2:30.

The Conference is a nonprofit event and is a great opportunity for area residents to learn personal finance basics. There is no selling or pressure to buy anything – the goal of the Conference is to teach participants how to improve their finances. Richard Entenmann of Asset Builders said “the Conference offers high-quality education in an unbiased and fun atmosphere. Things that people learn here can have substantial “pocket-book” results in the short term, and can set people up to reach higher net worth and income levels in the future.”

Bill Shirer, Strategic Business Analyst, will be the luncheon keynote speaker. Mr. Shirer has an extensive background in education and finance, including serving for five years as Superintendent of the Mosinee School District. Mr. Shirer’s presentation will remind Conference-goers to consider what they are good at doing, encourage them to start where they are and take specific, small steps toward what they want to achieve, and suggest that they can do it—all while having as much fun as possible!

The Conference will feature more than 20 1-hour workshops for adults, on topics such as How to Read Your Credit Report and Improve Your Credit Score,, Landlord/Tenant Mythbusting, Budgeting Basics – How to Have More Money than Month for a Change, How to Buy a Used Car, Love and Money – a Relationship Challenge, How to Feed Your Family Good Food Without Going Broke, and a full-day Homeownership set of workshops. The Conference features age-appropriate classes for students beginning at age 6 and also includes:

  • Free childcare for children between the ages of 2 and 6 (call to reserve space)
  • Continental breakfast and lunch a free copy of each participant’s credit report with credit score
  • Door prizes throughout the day

Advance registration is $2.00 for adults and free for youth between the ages of 6 and 18. Registration at the door is $4.00 for adults and $1.00 for youth between the ages of 6 and 18. Scholarships are available.

Asset Builders, a Wisconsin non-profit organization with a mission of promoting financial education and wealth- building strategies to enhance the quality of life of low-income youth, families and communities, has won three Governor’s Financial Literacy Awards for its outstanding work in promoting financial literacy in Wisconsin. Get Smart Wausau is a group of volunteers representing area organizations with a common goal of helping people make better financial decisions.

For more information and to register

  • Call Tammy Stratz of the City of Wausau at 715 261 6680
  • Call Richard Entenmann of Asset Builders at 866 304 6896 (toll-free) or send email to
  • Visit or to download a registration form.