Conferences on small business banking are popular again this year. Three trade groups plan sessions.

*The Consumer Bankers Association opens the season Feb. 12-14 at Le Meridien Hotel in New Orleans. Speakers include Sharon Hadary, executive director of the Washington-based National Foundation for Women Business Owners in Washington. She will moderate a panel discussion of how banks can tap into the growing market of women-owned businesses.

Sandra Maltby, senior vice president with Cleveland-based Keycorp, will speak on how to add value to small business relationships.

*The National Association of Government Guaranteed Lenders will also meet in New Orleans, during May 1-5. Though a lineup of speakers has not been finalized, the midyear meeting focuses on Small Business Administration lending issues.

*The American Bankers Association will meet May 21-23 at the Sheraton Palace Hotel in San Francisco with a focus on profitability in the small business segment. Speakers include a keynote by Richard Hartnack, vice chairman of California-based Union Bank, and a speech by Barnett Banks executive Martin "Dev" Strischek, president of Robert Morris Associates, on the credit buyers' market for 1995.

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