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Helping Groups Get a Grasp on Finances

You may have already read up on some of The Establishment by MassMutual New York State’s class offerings and one-on-one sessions for individuals who are looking to address a financial hurdle in their life, prepare for a long-term goal, or simply learn more about a specific component of financial health. Their classes and one-on-one sessions cover a wide range of topics, from establishing savings goals, to learning how to invest your money or purchase your first home.

As a continuation of its efforts to keep financial education accessible and approachable, the Establishment also offers free private classes for groups that cover many of the same topics. If you’re a business owner or leader at an organization who would like to offer your employees the benefit of financial literacy education, this is a perfect opportunity to do so.

“There are many studies that show financial stress can directly impact an individual’s performance in the work place,” said Marissa Dinello, director of marketing for MassMutual New York State. “The Establishment provides an educational platform to help alleviate some of that stress. It is also a free service that can be offered by an employer as an employee benefit.”

The Establishment can host the class at their venue (located at 5110 Main Street) accommodating as many as 20 people, or if you have a larger group they will bring the class to your site. They also help group leaders out with promoting the class to their group.

“When an organization books a private class, we work with them to make advertising it to their members easy,” Dinello said. “We work with them to create invites and other marketing materials they may need to ensure they have a nice turn out for their event. All classes at The Establishment include drinks and complimentary food.”

The educators at The Establishment also make sure to focus the class agenda on topics that are significant to that particular group, not simply using a cookie cutter outline each time. “A group may want to make sure we cover specific topics or speak directly to their organizations group benefits. We are happy to incorporate that into the conversation,” Dinello said.

Topics cover a wide range of information and can be selected based on the organization or employees’ needs. They offer a general money management class that discusses budgeting, tracking spending, paying down debt, and analyzing your credit score. A student loan class will show guests the best way to balance student loan payments with their other financial obligations. The home buying class covers the process of saving and purchasing your first house. A class on retirement teaches you when and how to start saving money to retire, and how much you should be setting aside based on your individual situation. Investing classes introduce you to the various investment options (stocks, bonds, etc.) and what kind of investment would work best for you. And the insurance class guides you through selecting the proper insurance for everything from your car to your home to yourself.

The group classes are not limited to businesses or organizations either. If you have a group of friends who are interested in taking a class together, The Establishment can help you set it up. Consider it a night out for drinks, with some free financial guidance thrown in.

The classes typically run between one and two hours, depending on the topics addressed and questions that come from the group. To book a private class, groups can review the list of classes on The Establishment’s website to find a topic that is the best fit for their group, then contact The Establishment to set up the logistics via phone (716-428-3475) or email (

This content is part of a sponsored series in partnership with MassMutual New York State.


Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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