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Media Advisory -- Community Banks Award $15K in Partnership Grants to ECGC Women's Business Center


LAFAYETTE, La., Nov. 1, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Please join representatives from American Bank & Trust Company, Home Bank, IBERIABANK, St. Martin Bank & Trust Co., and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) as they award $14,800 in Partnership Grant Program (PGP) funds to a Lafayette, Louisiana-based nonprofit that empowers existing and aspiring entrepreneurs through guidance, resources, and support.

The Enterprise Consortium of the Gulf Coast Women's Business Center (ECGC Women's Business Center) offers start-up assistance, business consultation services, training, networking opportunities, access to financing, and other services to business owners and aspiring business owners. ECGC Women's Business Center will use the PGP funds toward technical assistance training for the clients it serves.

FHLB Dallas awarded $225,000 in grants through its PGP this year. The grant program provides funding for the operational needs of community-based organizations involved in affordable housing and community development.

WHEN: 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2012 
WHO: Mark A. Berard, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk/Compliance Officer, St. Martin Bank & Trust Co. 
  Mary Hopkins, First Vice President, Director of Financial Reporting, Home Bank
  George Comeau, Chief Financial Officer, American Bank & Trust Company
  Jerry Vascocou, Lafayette Market President, IBERIABANK
  Taylor Barras, President New Iberia/Community Markets, IBERIABANK; Louisiana State Representative, District 48
  Carrie Curet, Vice President, CRA/Community Development Officer, IBERIABANK; Board Chair, ECGC Women's Business Center
  Heather Broussard, Director, ECGC Women's Business Center
  Wade Vallery, Executive Assistant, ECGC Women's Business Center
  Rose Shuff, Executive Director, Aphasia Center of Acadiana (ECGC Client)
  Greg Hettrick, Vice President and Director of Community Investment, Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas
WHERE:   ECGC Women's Business Center
  208 W. Gloria Switch Road
  Lafayette, Louisiana 70507

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas logo is available at

CONTACT: Corporate Communications Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (214) 441-8445

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