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Scholarships available for nationally recognized FastTrac program

By Staff | Jun 5, 2009

The FastTrac Growth Venture, an initiative of the renowned Kauffman Foundation, begins on Monday, June 8 at the Hyatt Place Coconut Point in Estero.

FastTrac Growth Venture is a 10-week, three hours per week opportunity for participants to focus on improving and growing all aspects of their businesses. Attendees explore the essential tools of small business success, including understanding financial information and creating affordable marketing plans. The program also offers guidance on ways to focus, bootstrap, plan and strategize to improve profits and grow sales.

Scholarships of 50 percent are available to anyone who makes a request upon completion of the program and meets attendance and assignment requirements.

The program cost is $650 and two people from the same business may attend for a single tuition. Scholarships are available for a 50 percent tuition reimbursement. Participants must pay the full tuition at the beginning of the program, but upon request, attendance at eight of the 10 sessions, and completion of a business plan, participants can receive a 50 percent scholarship. The reimbursement is awarded at graduation; if the participant wishes to claim it (95 percent of FastTrac graduates have voluntarily returned their scholarship award to be reused by future participants.)

The tuition reimbursement scholarship request form is available following the registration form online at www.FastTracOfFlorida.org.

The FastTrac Growth Venture Program is an initiative of the nationally recognized Kauffman Foundation. Ewing Marion Kauffman, the late entrepreneur and philanthropist, established the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation as the first foundation to focus on entrepreneurship education. as one of its primary areas of interest. The foundation is devoted to advancing entrepreneurship by focusing on research, education, technical assistance, and policy. It’s goal is to increase the number and success rate of individuals engaged in the process of starting or growing their own business or idea. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org

The summer program will be facilitated by Dr. Beth Hagan, a national master facilitator for FastTrac programs. The summer program is being sponsored by Key Bank and BriersCPA. For additional information about the benefits of this program, call Dr. Beth Hagan 239-947-8085 or online at Visit www.FastTrac.org and www.FastTracOfFlorida.org.