In a continued effort to help small business owners succeed financially, Wells Fargo is providing advice and solutions to small business owners through its new small business webcast series. Airing May 1, 2007, the Protecting Your Business webcast kicks off the company’s Small Business Appreciation Month. The interactive webcast will feature leading industry experts who will offer relevant and practical advice for small business owners on protecting the physical and virtual assets of their businesses.
“At Wells Fargo, we continually look for innovative and convenient ways to provide small business owners with access to valuable information,” said Rebecca Macieira-Kaufmann, head of Wells Fargo’s Small Business Segment. “Our webcast series will address key areas of concern for small business owners identified through research, such as our quarterly Small Business Index. As America’s leader in serving small businesses, we understand the needs and concerns of small business owners and provide them with helpful solutions and resources.”
The Protecting Your Business webcast will focus on insurance, online security and legal advice. Small business owners will receive tips from leading industry experts on securing their physical assets including property and virtual assets such as customer data. Panel experts include Neal Aton, head of Wells Fargo Insurance Inc.; Richard Weeks, head of Wells Fargo Business Internet Services; Gary Morse, CEO and founder of New York-based Razor Point Security; and Alysa Zeltzer, lawyer at Kelly Drye & Warren LLP in Washington DC. Viewers will be able to submit questions throughout the broadcast for the interactive Q&A segments.
Wells Fargo plans to produce a series of webcasts covering specific topics of concern for small business owners. In February 2007, Wells Fargo pre- launched the series with Financing Strategies For Your Business, which offered tips on obtaining and managing credit. The webcast featured a panel discussion, interactive Q&A session and included small business profiles with owners sharing personal experiences on accessing capital; and Wells Fargo senior economist, Dr. Scott Anderson, provided an update on economic conditions impacting small business owners. An archived version of Financing Strategies For Your Business is available at http://www.wellsfargo.com/biz/webcast .
The May 1 Protecting Your Business webcast will air at 9 am PT/12 pm ET. To register for this free, live event or to access an archived version of the webcast, visit: http://www.wellsfargo.com/biz/webcast .
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with $486 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance through more than 6,000 stores and the internet (wellsfargo.com) across North America and internationally. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is the only bank in the U.S., and one of only two banks worldwide, to have the highest credit rating from both Moody’s Investors Service, “Aaa,” and Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services, “AAA.”
Providing financial products and services to more than one million businesses with annual sales up to $20 million in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, Wells Fargo is America’s #1 lender to small businesses in total dollar volume according to the most recent CRA data (2005).
The second largest national SBA lender in dollars, Wells Fargo is an SBA Preferred Lender in 28 states and the District of Columbia, and originated 4,937 loans for $578 million in 2006. Its diverse business services programs provide outreach and education to women, African American, Latino, and Asian business owners about financial services. Since 1995, Wells Fargo has loaned more than $30 billion to women and diverse business owners. For more information, please visit http://www.wellsfargo.com/biz