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Next Thursday the National Foundation for Consumer Credit and USA Today will host a second, annual, “Ask-the-Expert” telephone call-in in conjunction with the NFCC’s annual conference in Miami. During the day-long “Ask-the-Expert” session, NFCC-member counselor volunteers will take telephone calls from consumers with credit and debt questions. The 12-hour call-in will run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (EDT) on Thursday, September 17. Members from 1,450 NFCC offices will assemble Monday to to focus on bankruptcy legislation, revenue mortgages, automation, telephone counseling and Internet access.

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Members from 1,450 offices of the National Foundation for Consumer Credit (NFCC) will convene on September 14-17, 1998, in Miami, Florida, for the NFCC annual conference. This year’s conference focuses on bankruptcy legislation, revenue mortgages, automation, telephone counseling and Internet access. The conference, to be held at Hyatt Regency Miami, will feature regional meetings, roundtable sessions and approximately 40 workshops for NFCC member counselors.

“With bankruptcy filings and consumer debt reaching record levels, NFCC continues to explore new and innovative methods to reach and assist American consumers in need of financial help,” said Durant Abernethy, president of NFCC. “The annual conference provides an excellent opportunity for credit counselors across the nation to work together to improve the quality and effectiveness of credit counselors across the nation to work together to improve the quality and effectiveness of credit and debt counseling. Members help other members expand outreach efforts to local communities, implement new counseling techniques and improve client services.”

A highlight of this year’s conference is the second annual “Ask-the-Expert” telephone call-in, an exciting collaboration between NFCC and USA Today. During the day-long “Ask-the-Expert” session, NFCC-member counselor volunteers will take telephone calls from people all over the U.S. with credit and debt questions. This session will provide Americans with financial questions answers of referrals to community resources that can assist them. NFCC experts to handle thousands of inquiries throughout the 12-hour call-in, to be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, September 17.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) of South Florida is the host of this year’s NFCC Annual Conference. Headquartered in Miami, CCCS of South Florida has offices in Coral Springs, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Miramar, Coconut Grove, Davie, Hialeah, Liberty City and throughout the metropolitan Miami area.

To learn more about budgeting and using credit or to receive confidential money management counseling, contact a local NFCC member agency. NFCC members can be identified by the NFCC member seal. This seal signifies standards that include agency accredition, counselor cerification and policies that ensure confidential services that are free or low-cost. Many members operate under the name Consumer Credit Counseling Services.

To locate the nearest NFCC member office, call toll free, 24 hours a day, 1-800-388-2227 or visit the NFCC home page at http://www.nfcc.org. Spanish speaking consumers can call 1-800-682-9832.

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