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FGCU Hosts "Healthcare in 2010" Community Outreach Clinic

FORT MYERS, FL - In order to help consumers understand the latest health care bills and developments, Florida Gulf Coast University Lutgert College of Business, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Undergraduate Business Association (UBA), and the Financial Planning Association of SWFL (FPA) have partnered to offer a free community outreach clinic titled "Healthcare in 2010," 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 1, in the Student Union ballroom.

A distinguished panel of guest speakers will help attendees understand and learn new information regarding the impact of healthcare on the average family and small business owner. Panelists will present from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. with questions and answers following.

Panelists include Mark Vertich, health care specialist for Vertich Insurance Agency, who discusses understanding and managing employer/employee insurance; Trevor Briede, managing director and healthcare consultant at Briede & Associates, discusses the proposed impact on healthcare and how to understand the current and proposed healthcare cost; Renee Porter- Medley, certified financial planner with Key Bank and president of the local chapter of the Financial Planning Association of SWFL, discusses using and understanding financial planning to prepare for and manage healthcare cost; and Bill Valenti, president and CEO of Florida Gulf Bank, addresses healthcare impact on the small business community.

Free, one-on-one confidential financial consultation will able be available from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and again from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with members of the FPA. To arrange a time with a financial planner, contact the FPA hotline at (941) 637-7526 or e-mail

"We are very excited to partner with the undergraduate students at Lutgert College of Business, as well as with the Financial Planning Association," said Dan Regelski, SBDC executive director. "This is an opportunity for students who are pursuing business degrees to work alongside the business community and get a taste of what the business world will be like."

Attendees can pick up materials at the many resource tables that will be on hand by various organizations including the Florida Department of Financial Services.

"The Community Outreach is something that Financial Planning Association has been working on with the Lutgert College of Business undergraduate students for the past two years," said Porter-Medley. "We have invited the business students to participate in our Shadow Day program where they are paired with members of FPA, and who work at their business learning about financial planning as a career. We are committed to continuing our relationship with the business school and students by providing this kind of outreach and more to the students and community."

For more information about the event visit FPA website at or register at

For further information contact Regelski at (239) 745-3705.

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