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FastTrac Entrepreneurial Training Program Starts Sept. 19

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and Small Business Development Center at the University of Iowa will offer the nationally acclaimed FastTrac New Venture entrepreneurial training program Sept. 19 to Nov. 14 in Iowa City.

The FastTrac New Venture program is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs evaluate their business opportunities and develop a plan for successfully starting a new business.

"Participants who make the commitment to complete this course should leave the class with a definite answer as to whether their business opportunity can be profitable. If the result is to start a new business, the written plan can be used to obtain financing and guide the new business. If the idea does not merit starting a new business, the participant will have learned the skills necessary to properly evaluate their next opportunity," explained David Hensley, director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.

During each session from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday evenings, participants will receive high-quality instruction from experienced entrepreneurs and educators. In addition, guest entrepreneurs and local business experts will share their experiences and knowledge with the class. Participants also will network with other aspiring entrepreneurs and work on their plans to launch their new ventures.

Specific topics include characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, opportunity recognition, market research and analysis, marketing strategies, financial forecasting and management, and sources of financing.

The FastTrac New Venture program series normally costs $349, but the UI is offering FastTrac at a reduced rate of $99, which includes tuition and course materials, including business planning software, and one-on-one mentoring. Enrollment is limited. To register or for more information, contact the Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at (319) 335-1022.

FastTrac programs are also being offered at community colleges throughout Iowa. Since 1997, over 2000 Iowans have participated in the FastTrac entrepreneurial training programs. the Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and MidAmerican Energy Co. have provided financial support for this statewide initiative.


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