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Baylor FastTrac Entrepreneurs to Graduate

April 13, 2005

The John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship at Baylor University, the City of Waco and the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City and the Waco Foundation, will honor participants of the FastTrac Entrepreneurship Training Program at a graduation ceremony and reception to be held Tuesday April 19, at 6:00 p.m. at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business.

Babur Ozden, President and COO of DataCert, which is ranked as one of Inc. magazine's "Inc. 500 America's Fastest Growing Private Companies," will be the keynote speaker. Ozden has more than 26 years of information technology expertise with rapid growth companies from their beginning stages of infancy through maturity. DataCert ranks as the second fastest growing technology company in Houston and as the seventh fastest growing technology company in Texas, according to a Nasdaq-sponsored survey.

Other guest speakers will include Terry Maness, Dean; J. David Allen, director of the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship; Dr. Bill Petty, Director of Entrepreneurial Studies and Professor of Finance; and Mary Abrahams, FastTrac program administrator.

FastTrac is a national program geared toward aspiring and current entrepreneurs. It has been holding classes in Waco since 1996. FastTrac NewVenture is a nine-week entrepreneurship training program designed to allow participants to explore the potential of their business idea. The instructor is Patrick Ryan, lead principal, Gebetex Consulting.

FastTrac Planning is an 11-week program designed to encourage participants to write a business plan for the growth or transition of an existing business. FastTrac Planning Instructor is Pat Armstrong, owner of Clifton Upholstery Company, Inc. of Waco.

FastTrac NewVenture graduates include:

Aaron Braunstein -- WIS Franchise

Charlie Burch -- Branson on the Brazos

Chris Burch -- One Day Productions

Rick Eddings -- Paw-Paw's Jazz Café

Nicholas Gomez -- Little Brother's Campus Café

Mark Holleman -- GreekRow.com

Vickie Keaton Hughes Ebone Hair Design

Robert Ingram -- UPS Store

Shawn Joseph & Geva Joseph -- No Breach® Apparel

Baylor University Theater Department -- Jump Start Theatre Company

Debra Walker -- The Paw Spa

FastTrac Planning graduates include:

Patrick Contreras -- Creative Man Studio

Brad Hensel -- Hensel Electric

Missy Kinder -- Worth Hydrochem of Central Texas, Inc.

Adam Klaus -- Advanced Automotive

Mary Klentzman -- Children's Special Needs Network

Thomas Night -- PC Help

Bonnie M. Wnenkowski Martinez -- The Tack Room @ 3F Ranch & Reage.biz

Trina McLean -- Trina Lorraine McLean

Scott Schams -- Hart Roe Deer Farm

Fall FastTrac classes begin August 30. For more information call 254-710-4157.

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