Find out what you didn’t learn at school at financial empowerment workshop

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ST. GEORGE — If you’ve ever felt like you’re trying to navigate the waters of financial planning and decision making in a dinghy with a hole in the bottom, you’re not alone. Mitchell Hancock, who has organized the “Young Professional Financial Empowerment Workshop” Tuesday evening at the St. George Chamber of Commerce, said most people aren’t being taught how to make important financial decisions in school.

“The education system never teaches you about how to buy a house, how to mitigate taxes, how to set up insurance and how to buy a car the best way,” Hancock said.

With this in mind, Hancock put together the financial empowerment workshop to help young professionals connect the financial dots.

“There are so many moving pieces to someone’s financial picture that it’s literally impossible for someone to be an expert in all aspects,” he said. “So maybe someone is well versed in how credit and loans work but then when it comes to insurance or investments, that’s another category in and of itself.”

To help connect these dots, Hancock and three other professionals will be presenting Tuesday at the free dinner and networking event.

For Hancock’s part, he owns a financial services agency in St. George helping people with insurance and investments.

“My focus on the insurance side is to help people avoid two of the biggest financial catastrophes people face in their financial lives,” he said. “The first one is not having enough liability insurance to protect against liens, lawsuits and judgments. And the second one is not having a properly structured life insurance agreement.”

Hancock will be talking Tuesday about “pulling back the curtain of Wall Street and a lot of the investment myths,” he said. He will be joined by Josh Emmett, Shaun Russon and Blake Johnson.

Emmett is a CPA for his firm Next Step Advisors. Prior to opening his firm, Hancock said, Emmett toured the country doing consulting for accounting best practices for accounting firms.

Russon is a mortgage consultant with First Colony Mortgage. He is an expert in areas of mortgage and helping people understand credit, Hancock said.

Johnson is a business attorney and estate planner for the law offices of Kurt A. Johnson, Esq. He is also the author of “You Can’t Take It With You: The Top 15 Estate Planning Questions Answered in Plain English.”

The Young Professional Financial Empowerment Workshop will take place in the training room of the St. George Chamber of Commerce from 6-7:30 p.m. Advanced registration is recommended and can be done here.

Event details

  • What: “Young Professional Financial Empowerment Workshop.”
  • When: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Training room of the St. George Chamber of Commerce, 136 N. 100 East, St. George.
  • This event is free and open to the public. To register, click here.

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