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Participant Quotes:

“The guest speakers were the best part of the class! I learned a lot!” — Joe Lepore


“Very informative. I gained a lot of knowledge in marketing and finance.” — Amy Baker


“Bill Schutters (the facilitator) was great! The best part of the course was marketing and finance.” — Brandon Reynolds



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FastTrac® NewVenture


The road to starting a successful business 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 what it takes to launch a successful business. Written by seasoned business owners, FastTrac NewVenture offers essential business information to help develop business 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 experienced business owners and professionals who work with start-up businesses are a key part of the program.


The FastTrac program 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

Currently we do not have a NewVenture class scheduled. Please email Paul Wright (pwright@maced.org) if you are interested in hosting or co-sponsoring a class in your county.


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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!