Launch a new business with FastTrac

Individuals interested in starting a new business can gain valuable information by participating in an in-depth program called FastTrac. This proven curriculum provides aspiring entrepreneurs with a plan and framework to be successful.

Do you have an idea you want to explore to add more profit to your farm operation? Whether you want to add value, a new enterprise, or expand what you are already doing, consider attending this exciting, in-depth 10-week training program that will help you be successful with your venture. The program is FastTrac. It guides individuals through the process of developing viable business plans for their ventures. Participants will meet once a week for three hours filled with instruction, guest speakers, group interaction and individual assistance.

Participants will learn how to take stock of their resources, gain knowledge about the legal terrain, and develop skills in management, marketing and financial analysis. The program uses a proven curriculum refined by the Kauffman Foundation that has already helped more than 300,000 entrepreneurs start and grow businesses since 1993. It allows you to test-drive your ideas on paper and get critical review from a team of resource people before making major investments.

The instructors and resource people are MSU Extension educators, MSU Product Center counselors, Small Business and Technology Development Center staff, and local business people and professionals including lawyers, CPA’s, business consultants and other successful entrepreneurs.

Thanks to the financial support from MSU’s Broadband Technology Opportunity Program grant award, the registration fee has been reduced from $700 to $140 per business. This includes instructions, materials and meals. Do not miss out on this valuable opportunity.

The program is not limited to just farm-related ventures, but is applicable for any business idea you may have. It will start February 7 and take place in Ithaca, Mich. Call the Gratiot County MSU Extension office now at 989-875-5233 to register and for more details.

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