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Capital One Bank Helps Houston Small Businesses ‘Get Down To Business’

Bank celebrates latest group of graduates; Information now available about next “Getting Down To Business” free, 14-course small business development program

Capital One Bank will host a graduation ceremony Thursday, Nov. 15, in Houston for small business owners who have successfully completed the bank’s “Getting Down to Business” program.

Created by Capital One Bank, Getting Down to Business is a free comprehensive, seven-month training program that provides qualified business owners with information and guidance designed to help them grow their business. Areas of focus include credit, budgeting, marketing, business plans, financing, networking and insurance. Course participants also are introduced to a network of industry experts who discuss ways to avoid pitfalls that can ruin a business in its early stages. The program includes a matched savings component up to $2,000 that the business owners can use for operations, staffing or the purchase of supplies

The program’s 14-course, in-depth curriculum was developed by Capital One bankers and local partners that include SCORE, Money Management International and Accion Texas. New partners for 2012 included: Avenue CDC; Houston LISC; Greater Northside Management District; METRO and the City of Houston Office of Business Opportunity. Each small business received one-on-one mentoring during the program, and those mentors will make themselves available for continued support following graduation.

Getting Down to Business debuted in Houston in 2009, and is now also offered in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Dallas. To date, the program has provided more than 100 small business owners with many of the tools they need to thrive.  Members of the latest class to successfully complete the program are available for interviews during next week’s graduation.

Graduation ceremony:        Thursday, November 15, 2012

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Jefferson Davis High School

1101 Quitman

Houston, Texas 77009

To request information about the new class of the “Getting Down To Business” program, call 713-435-5317.

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About Capital One

Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $213.3 billion in deposits and $302.0 billion in total assets outstanding as of September 30, 2012. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has approximately 1,000 branch locations primarily in Louisiana, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. ING DIRECT, a division of Capital One, N.A., offers direct banking products and services to customers nationwide.  A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index.

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