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Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Guide to Financial Literacy Resources

The guide assists in the development of financial literacy programs. It is formatted to quickly identify suitable material for a specific audience, with resources organized into five categories. To order, contact the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Publication Hot Line at (415) 974-2978 or download from

The Business Mentor® CD-ROM

The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership has funded the development of this CD-ROM to help entrepreneurs complete a written plan for building a successful business. Business planning templates are presented in a step-by-step, question-and-answer format. The program allows users to generate reports on financial feasibility, start-up costs, financial ratios, budget assumptions and monthly cash flow. The CD-ROM is available for $34.99 plus shipping and taxes through the FastTrac Fulfillment Center at 1-877-450-9800. To learn more, visit

Identity Theft Brochure

Identity theft, one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States, occurs when one person's identification (which can include name, Social Security number or any account number) is used by another person for unlawful activities. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston has a new booklet available to help consumers understand what identity theft is, how to protect themselves and what to do if their identity is stolen. For information, visit

Cómo Crear Riqueza: Una Guía para Alcanzar Sus Metas Financieras

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has translated into Spanish its publication Building Wealth: A Beginner's Guide to Securing Your Financial Future. The publication provides an overview of personal wealth-building strategies, including setting financial goals, seeking guidance and managing debt wisely. To view an online version, go to To order print copies, call (214) 922-5254 or visit


ACCION International, a nonprofit organization that fights poverty through microlending, has a new series of publications available at InSight consists of short, one-topic bulletins that share the results of the group's work with the microfinance community. The series will highlight practical applications, policy viewpoints and ongoing research.

Rewarding Work through the Tax Code: The Power and Potential of the Earned Income Tax Credit in 27 Cities and Rural Areas

This survey offers new evidence on how federal and state earned-income tax credits benefited working families in 27 cities and rural areas. The report presents examples of how local leaders can leverage these credits for their communities. Visit

Managing Your CDC: Leadership Strategies for Changing Times

This new publication examines some of the problems facing community development corporations (CDCs), how the problems can seriously affect the organizations and the approaches CDCs can take to successfully resolve these problems. The authors draw upon real-life examples from CDCs. Copies are available from the National Congress for Community Economic Development (NCCED) for $15 for members or $20 for nonmembers. Bulk discounts are available. For information, go to and click on "Book Store" or call (202) 289-9020.