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Regional Roundup

Saturday, October 1, 2005

St. Louis Fed Publishes Resource Guides

The St. Louis Fed has published two new resource guides, which are designed to help small and micro businesses located in and near Little Rock and Memphis. Both the Little Rock and Memphis editions of The Resource Guide for Small Businesses list many resources for startup businesses and existing businesses wishing to expand. Readers also will find information about nontraditional lending sources and where to obtain technical expertise.

The guides can be downloaded at Then click on "Other Publications." For more information, contact Amy Simpkins at (501) 324-8268 in Little Rock or Dena Owens at (901) 579-4103 in Memphis.

2005 Economic Policy Conference Appeals to Bankers

The St. Louis Fed's 2005 Economic Policy Conference, "Federal Credit and Insurance Programs," will be held Oct. 20 and 21 in St. Louis. Leading scholars will discuss the evolving role of the federal government in the private credit and insurance markets. Sessions will address an array of existing federal programs, including:

  • Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid;
  • Small Business Administration and other loan-guarantee programs;
  • federal housing programs, including housing-related government-sponsored enterprises;
  • deposit insurance and defined-benefit pension guarantees;
  • terrorism-risk insurance and insurance against natural disasters; and
  • other security-related risks.

The final conference session will be a panel discussion that evaluates the current state of federal credit and insurance programs and that looks toward the future of these programs.

The conference agenda is available at For more details, contact Denise Cain at or (314) 444-8567, or toll-free at
1-800-333-0810, ext. 44-8567.