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FastTrac® NewVenture™ Orientation Days Sept. 6 or 13

FastTrac® NewVenture™ Required Orientation
Options #1 and #2

Michigan’s FastTrac® NewVenture™ program for entrepreneurs is offered in an intensive 10-week, 30-hour “boot camp” format. This 90-minute, orientation is required for participation and provides details about this reduced-tuition program for those in the early stages of business development. There is no charge for the orientation, but pre-registration is required. FastTrac® NewVenture™ will meet 10 Thursdays, Sept. 20-Nov. 29 (no class Nov. 22) from 6-9 p.m. The normal $700 per student fee for the training has been reduced to only $140 through scholarship funding provided by MSU. Class size is limited.

Orientation #1: 
Thursday, Sept 6; 3:00-4:30 PM at the Parsons-Stulen Building

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Orientation #2: 
Thursday, Sept 13; 6:00-7:30 PM at the Parsons-Stulen Building

REQUIRED REGISTRATION:  To pre-register for either orientation, call NMC/Extended Education Services at 231.995.1700 or toll-free 800.748.0566 ext 1700.

"By offering our FastTrac: NewVenture class, local entrepreneurs have the opportunity to learn together and hone the skills necessary to thrive and grow their small business in a very challenging economy,” said Annie Shetler, FastTrac Instructor and MI-SBTDC Small Business Consultant, “and, the curriculum for this class is geared toward the new business start up. Participants can expect to leave the class with a nearly complete business plan ready to take to investors.” 

The FastTrac class will feature a variety of guest speakers who will discuss topics including taxes, banking, accounting, business law, and running a retail business. The class is open to all types of businesses and industries including retail, manufacturing, and agriculture. Some of the guest speakers for the FastTrac® NewVenture™ class include:

  • Jim Taylor, Tax Manager; Dennis Gartland & Niergarth
  • Julie Millen, Owner; Benjamin Twiggs
  • Bethany Warner, Attorney; Bethany C Warner & Associates
  • Dale Tumey, Business Banker; Huntington Bank
  • Kerry Nelson, Tax Principal; Rehman
  • And others...

FastTrac New Venture, a program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has been tailored for new entrepreneurs seeking to launch a business rather than finding another job or those looking for a new career option. During the 10-week course, entrepreneurs will evaluate the feasibility of their business concept, make many contacts, including peers, resources and mentors, and learn to operate a profitable business, attract new clients or customers, retain employees, and improve service and product offerings.

The MI-SBTDC is a network of business consultants and resources providing business counseling, training, and market research to small businesses. Programs are available in every state; in Michigan, there are 12 regional offices. The program is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and is hosted in Northwest Michigan by Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.

REQUIRED REGISTRATION:  To pre-register for either orientation, call NMC/Extended Education Services at 231.995.1700 or toll-free 800.748.0566 ext 1700.



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