Staff members of The Grove Sun, The Delaware County Journal and First National Bank of Vinita, are working together to bring area residents a new speaking series.

The event "Fast Forward Speaking Series" is designed to provide financial insights for individuals as well as business owners throughout the northeast Oklahoma region.

Organizers note since the turn of the century, technology has changed every facet of the lives of those living within the area.

During the next 20 years, as growth continues to take place, those living in northeast Oklahoma will see additional changes.

"As the community papers, the goal for both The Grove Sun and The Delaware County Journal, is to not only keep residents informed of what is going on now, but also help them become prepared for future changes," explained Cheryl Franklin, publisher. "We are proud to join with First National Bank of Vinita, to help promote economic development throughout the region."

The series, which begins next week, will focus on a varsity of topics.

The first, set for Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 28 and 29, at Shangri-La Resort and Conference Center, will feature Justin M. Biance, a certified estate planner, and the author of The Great Inheritance: Leaving Behind More Than Your Money.

Biance, who has offices in Florida and North Carolina, has been featured by numerous media outlets including The Wall Street Journal's Market Watch and Wall Street Select.

"We are pleased to bring Biance to our region to give insights and help guide individuals on addressing critical steps to a more confident retirement," Franklin said.

Biance specializes in multi-generational legacy planning and creating tax-efficient strategies for transferring wealth to heirs.

Biance has passed his Series 65 securities exam and has two graduate degrees, a master's degree in entrepreneurship from the University of Florida and a master's of arts degree in theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary.

He founded Fraternus, Inc. - a faith-based mentoring organization for young men. He now serves on the board of directors of the national organization.

Biance and his wife, Angela, have seven children. They reside on a small farm in North Carolina.

Topics for the Aug. 28 and 29 meetings include:

• The best approach to retirement with tax reform and a rising stock market

• How to uncover hidden cost of mutual funds and variable annuities

• Steps you can take to ensure your money lasts as long as you do

• How to avoid common money traps that pre-retirees and retirees fall into

• Long-Term care: the good, the bad and the fine print

• The most important things to know before working with a financial advisor

Each session is designed to be "hands on" allowing the participants to engage with the topic. Each participant will receive a workbook to help guide them through actionable steps.

Additionally, the first 100 who register for the event, will receive a copy of Biance's book.

The sessions, which are free, are designed for retirees and those who wish to retire within the future. Space is limited. The same presentation will be take place at each session.

The sessions include:

• Noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28

• 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28

• Noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29

• 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29

Food will be provided at each gathering. Participants are encouraged to come early, to grab food before the speaker starts, approximately 30 minutes into the gathering.

Participants are also asked to arrive on time, as no admittance will be allowed after the speaker begins. All four talks take place at the Shangri-La Resort and Conference Center.

For more information, or to register, persons interested may visit http://bit.ly/FNBBiance

If You Go

Justin M. Biance will speak at four sessions during the Fast Forward series sponsored by staff at First National Bank, Vinita, The Grove Sun and The Delaware County Journal.

The sessions include, which take place at Shangri-La Resort and Conference Center on Monkey Island, include:

• Noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28

• 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28

• Noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29

• 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29

Food will be provided at each gathering. Participants are encouraged to come early, to grab food before the speaker starts, approximately 30 minutes into the gathering.

Participants are also asked to arrive on time, as no admittance will be allowed after the speaker begins.

The first 100 people to register for the event will receive a free copy of “The Great Inheritance: 7 Steps to Leaving Behind More Than Your Money,” by Justin M. Biance.

For more information, or to register, persons interested may visit http://bit.ly/FNBBiance