MABUHAY ALLIANCE TO HOST 5TH ANNUAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE Conference to Assist Minorities in Finances and Business Opportunities San Diego, CA รขโฌโ The Mabuhay Alliance, a San Diego-based nonprofit that assists minority communities with economic opportunities, will host their 5th Annual Economic Development Conference on October 18th, 2008, at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. This year's theme will be "Empowering Minority Communities," and will feature workshops intended to educate and assist small business owners, families, and individuals to gain insight on how to effectively manage business and personal finances. The workshops will be lead by industry experts and cover such topics as "Securing Your Financial Future," "Where to Find Business Lending for Small Businesses," "Homeowner Preservation รขโฌโ Foreclosure Intervention," and "Steps to Certification and Contracting Opportunities." The conference returns to the Marriott Mission Valley for the second year and is expected to draw approximately 900 people. The conference will be concluded with a gala dinner, in which the Mabuhay Alliance will present Timothy Simon, Commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission; Timothy McCallion, President Western Region of Verizon; and Margot Kyd, VP of Supply Management at SDG&E as keynote speakers. The conference has been recognized by both the Presidents of the United States and of the Philippines as well as by the Governor of California as contributing to the growth and development of minority communities in California. The event is open to the general public and people may register by calling the Mabuhay Alliance office at 858.586.7382 or by visiting their website at www.mabuhayalliance.org. The Mabuhay Alliance's mission is "to be the preferred conduit of economic development, through technical assistance between the government, corporations and minority groups in California." Since 2004, Mabuhay Alliance has worked towards greater representation of minority groups, provision of stable funding, and the development of great relationships with corporate partners and good alliances by providing programs that empower them.