Kauffman FastTrac® NewVenture™

Cost: $375.00 (includes textbook, online materials, and class sessions)

An entrepreneurial training program to explore the potential of your business idea.

Kauffman FastTrac is a nationally renowned, hands-on entrepreneurial training program designed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage, and grow successful businesses. Over 300,000 entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs have found success through the proven, practical benefits of FastTrac's award-winning entrepreneurial learning programs.

FastTrac® NewVenture™

Have you always wanted to start your own business? Before you quit your job or invest your life savings, FastTrac NewVenture will help you identify whether or not your business idea has merit. You will write a feasibility plan, examining the market potential of your business from every angle. This step-by-step hands-on program is taught by seasoned entrepreneurs who will help you craft your business idea. If you are a micro-business, home-based business, part-time business, mompreneur, or just interested in turning your hobby into a business, this program is ideally suited for you.

FastTrac's hands-on program uses your idea as a case study, giving you an opportunity to "workshop" your venture in a safe and supportive environment.

In class, you'll take a three-dimensional look at your concept as well as study issues such as: What additional opportunities exist for entrepreneurs? How can I market my new business? How do I price my products and services? How do I begin developing budgets?

You'll learn and interact with a group of aspiring entrepreneurs who, like yourself, are trying to put their ideas into action. You'll also work with certified instructors, people with start-up business experience, who understand the benefits and pitfalls of starting a new enterprise. Additionally, you will have access to the extensive FastTrac NewVenture toolkit online, which contains a wealth of business resources.


10-Week Course Outline

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Feedback from Past Participants

"The FastTrac Entrepreneur Program at Chatham is essential for any woman wanting to start a business. The class allows women of all backgrounds and interests to explore their business concepts in a stimulating, non-threatening manner." - NewVenture Graduate

"The FastTrac Program was a wonderful forum for clarifying my ideas and thinking through my concept from different angles. It provided resources and great contacts for pursuing my business goal. The bonus was it was a lot of fun!" - KEF, NewVenture Graduate

"The FastTrac course was such a tremendous way for me to start my business properly. I learned how to organize my finances and write a thorough business plan. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and experienced and taught me everything I needed to know to run and operate a successful organization." - SB, NewVenture Graduate


Partial Scholarships: CLOSED for Fall 2012

Scholarships are offered through funds provided by Bridgeway Capital. A limited number of partial scholarships are available based upon need, and will be awarded to women who meet the following criteria: Financial Need, Demonstrated Business Concept, and Service to the Community.



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