Baylor Business School Honors FastTrac Grads

Nov. 28, 2005

by Cynthia Jackson, director of communications and marketing, Hankamer School of Business, (254) 710-7628

The John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship at Baylor University, along with the City of Waco, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, and the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Inc. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will honor its 19th class of graduates from the FastTrac Entrepreneurial Training Program. The ceremony and reception will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, in the Blume Conference Room.

"This graduation will extend the number of FastTrac graduates to more than 200 potential and existing entrepreneurs, many of whom, while starting a new business or more successfully managing an existing business, are actively contributing to the economic growth of the greater Waco area," said Mary Abrahams, assistant director of the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and program administrator for the FastTrac Entrepreneurship Training Program.

Jay Mathis, vice president of the Mathis Company, will be the keynote speaker for this event. Mathis is a 1989 Baylor graduate with a 16-year record of accomplishment in the financial services industry. He also serves as pastor of Grace Community Church and has recently launched a ministry that is devoted to teaching and motivating others about God.

FastTrac NewVenture is designed for individuals who would like to start a new business or whose business is in the start-up stage. The instructor is Sam Maitz, and the business counselor is Dawn Maitz.

The FastTrac Planning course is geared towards individuals with prospects of growing and expanding their existing businesses. The instructor is Pat Armstrong, and the business counselor is Mike Holman.

FastTrac NewVenture graduates include:

Linda Chambers - Broaden Your Horizons
Douglas Cobb - Main Street Ministries
Nubia Colmenares and Lyndi Huggins - Hugs and Honey Expressions
Emily Conner Farrel - Southwest Drug Testing and Counseling
Joe Grubic - Lay A Weigh Rubber
Francisco Navajas - The Hookah Lounge
Derrick Oliver - Treasure Chest
Bryan Rogers - Air Adventures
Judy Shofner - JKS Properties, LLC
Morris Weir - Mo's All-Breed Dog Grooming

FastTrac Planning graduates include:

Aaron Braunstein - WSI Internet Consulting & Education
Mona Dunkin - Solution Principles
Gena Jean - Studio M Designer Portraits
Davis Metz - Texas Tape & Label Co.
Daniel Stevens - Spam Spy, LLC

The spring 2006 FastTrac session will begin Jan. 24. For more information, call the John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship at (254) 710-4157 or visit the FastTrac website.

About Baylor Business

The Hankamer School of Business holds to a visionary standard of excellence whereby integrity stands shoulder to shoulder with analytic and strategic strengths to build leaders, not simply careers. The school is ranked 12th among non-doctoral business schools, 24th among private business schools and 66th in the nation, according to U.S. News "Best Undergraduate Programs." Visit www.baylor.edu/business for more information.

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