Enrollment Open for FastTrac Entrepreneurship Class

 

Have you thought about starting a business? Do you have a new business that needs help getting off the ground? If so, MACED is offering FastTrac NewVenture classes in Floyd and Rockcastle Counties in March. We can help you test your idea and get your business going. 

The road to successful entrepreneurship begins with passion for an idea, a business plan based on research and analysis and the persistence to pursue the vision. Supporting the early stages of this process, FastTrac® NewVenture™ is designed to introduce the key elements of successful entrepreneurship. Written by entrepreneurs for aspiring entrepreneurs, FastTrac® NewVenture™ offers essential business information to help develop entrepreneurial skills and build a strong business foundation. FastTrac® offers non-traditional, experiential learning with hands-on coaching sessions. Opportunities to network and learn from peers as well as seasoned entrepreneurs and professionals who work with start-up businesses are a key part of the experience.

 

The FastTrac® Program is a $700 Value and Includes:

• The Kauffman FastTrac® NewVenture™ entrepreneur manual.

• Life-long access to the Kauffman FastTrac® on-line toolkit and resource center. This service provides business planning templates, action steps, activities, videos and additional business information resources to help in your FastTrac® NewVenture™ program and in the years that follow.

• The FastTrac® program consisting of 10 evening sessions led by a FastTrac® certified facilitator and supported by business coaches, local business speakers and the local business community.

• Access to a growing local community of entrepreneurs and organizations who will answer questions and generally support you in developing your business.

Upcoming Programs and Registration Information

Big Sandy Area

DATES:

March 13th through April 12th 2012

(Tuesdays and Thursdays for 5 weeks.)

TIME:

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION:

Auxier Center/Hand in Hand Ministries

REGISTRATION:

Please continue the registration process by completing the form and submitting it electronically to Geoffrey Willett (gwillett@maced.org). Or fax it to 859-986-1299, attn: Geoffrey Willett; or by phone 859-986-2373.

INFORMATION:

The fee will be collected at the first class session.

 

Rockcastle County

DATES:

April 2nd through May 3rd 2012

(Mondays and Thursdays for 5 weeks.)

TIME:

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

LOCATION:

TBA

REGISTRATION:

Registration for this program will occur at the end of March 2012.

INFORMATION:

If you wish to be notified about the registration date and location please contact Geoffrey Willett (gwillett@maced.org) and be sure to include your name, email address, daytime phone number and identify the Rockcastle program in your message.

Coming Soon!

Hazard/Perry County

DATES:

Tentative schedule will be in May/June 2012.

 

Morehead/Rowan County

DATES:

Tentative schedule will be in May/June 2012.

If you wish to be notified about one of these programs please contact Geoffrey Willett (gwillett@maced.org) and be sure to include your name, email address, daytime phone number and specifically identify which program you are interest in attending.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for the FastTrac® program is $100. Half of this amount, $50, will be refunded to all participants who complete the program by attending at least 9 of the 10 evening sessions. A limited number of $50 scholarships are available to low- and moderate- income participants on a first come, first serve basis. The scholarship is determined and applied at the time of registration.

What to Expect at the FastTrac® Program

The FastTrac® Program consists of 10 sessions. The first three sessions focus on developing a business concept that will help achieve individual goals. Participants will establish a personal vision, write the business concept statement and research and analyze the concept for feasibility. The last seven modules will continue through each step of the business planning process. A key outcome of the program is a researched, developed and written business plan that articulates each participant’s business concept. After the plan is complete a feasibility checklist will be used to test for product/service, market and financial feasibility.

What is the Format for Each Evening Session?

Food will be provided at the opening of each evening session. The offering will vary from light snacks to sandwiches and salad. Each class session will be divided into three parts. The first hour will include a facilitated presentation and discussion of the evening’s topic. The second hour will be a guest speaker adding detail and real world experience to the session. The third hour will focus on the participants’ business concepts and plans. There will be varying amounts of homework between sessions. Be prepared!

How Can I Get More Information?

If you would like more information or have specific questions please contact Geoffrey Willett at 859-986-7804 or gwillett@maced.org.