Citizens Bank is accepting applications from nonprofits for financial literacy services that help consumers manage their money better.

Now through Jan. 29, organizations throughout the bank’s 11-state footprint are invited to submit an application for up to $50,000 in funding as part of the Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money financial literacy initiative.

Eligible financial literacy activities include: basics of banking and asset building, budgeting, homeownership counseling, foreclosure prevention, credit management and repair programs, and financial management for small businesses.

To be considered for funding, eligible nonprofits in the communities served by Citizens Bank should submit an online application by Jan. 29. Recipients will be announced in March. For more information on nonprofit programs and services that may qualify for funding, or how to submit an application, visit

Citrin Cooperman women leadership seminar

Citrin Cooperman, a leading accounting, tax and business accounting firm, is hosting the inaugural “Driving Your Business: Women at the Wheel” leadership seminar on Jan. 21 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Union League of Philadelphia, 140 S. Broad St.

The event will recognize local female business leaders as they share their stories during a panel discussion. Panelists include Catherine M. Cahill, president and CEO, Mann Music for the Performing Arts; JoAnne Epps, dean of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law; Julie Coker Graham, president and CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Suzanne S. Mayes, chair, public and project finance practice group, Cozen O’Connor.

SBA presents workshop on federal contracting

U.S. Small Business Administration Business Opportunity Specialist George Tapia presents a workshop on federal government contracting certification programs on Jan. 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Berks County Community Foundation Building in Reading.

The free workshop, hosted by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Procurement Technical Assistance Center, will focus on eligibility requirements for participating in federal contracting opportunities available to certified woman-owned small businesses, SBA’s HUBZone Program and SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program.

For information, contact Laurie Sterner at or (484) 646-4005.

H&R Block launches sweepstakes contest

Tax preparation company H&R Block is awarding $1 million a day for the first month of tax season during the 1,000 Win $1,000 Daily Sweepstakes.

The first drawing will be Jan. 16 with 1,000 people winning $1,000 a day through Feb. 15, plus a final drawing on Feb. 19. Winners will be announced within a few days of each drawing.

Anyone who files their taxes in a participating H&R Block office can be entered into the sweepstakes.

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— Compiled by Ayana Jones

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