DENVER – A consumer and credit union-based group started fouryears ago to provide financial education is making its first bigsplash this month with an all day “Consumer Expo” at the ColoradoHistory Museum. The “Consumer Expo,” said Consumers UnitedAssociation, which has Colorado CUs as well as AARP as members, isdesigned to provide a complete educational forum for consumers oneverything from credit card management and identity theft toInternet shopping and estate planning. The free event, slated forOct. 18, is being billed as “extraordinary” in Colorado and a placewhere consumers can get “all the financial information you needunder one roof.” “We're very excited about having a booth toprovide information to Denver consumers on fees, the structure andservices of credit unions and how they differ from banks,”explained Jerdean Jandro, retail support director of $180 millionEagle Legacy CU, of Arvada, Eagle Legacy is one of 18 Denver areaCUs contributing time and talent in helping sponsor “Consumer Expo”and joined by the Colorado Credit Union League. Also listed as asponsor is UPN cable TV station KTVD Among the speakers forConsumer Expo are representatives from a wide assortment of groupsranging from Consumer Credit Counseling to United Way and theBetter Business Bureau. A Colorado League spokesman said ConsumerUnited was put together by sponsoring organizations as statelawmakers “kept looking to credit unions for financial informationand so we felt an organization like this might serve the purpose ofhelping educate the public and fill a void.” Consumers United has10,000 members each of whom pays $5 to belong and in return canreceive advice and assistance on consumer issues as well asreferral help in filing complaints with federal and state agencies.Members also receive a newsletter on consumer topics and canparticipate “in live internet chats.” The organization was set up,according to its Web site, “to provide a united voice for consumersin the legislative arena.” A spokesman for Consumers United saidmore CU booths would have been part of “Consumer Expo” had it notbeen for a series of previously scheduled CU car sales slated overthe Oct. 18-19 weekend. However, several CUs are sending volunteersto help staff the Expo and assist with door prizes, said thespokesman. -

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