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Entrepreneurs, Enroll Now for FastTrac Training

Aug. 12, 2005

- Improve the profitability of your current business -

FastTrac is accepting applications for fall courses to begin August 30, 2005.

FastTrac is a comprehensive entrepreneurship-educational program that provides entrepreneurs with business insights, leadership skills and professional networking connections so they are prepared to create a new business or expand an existing enterprise.

FastTrac has two programs:

- FastTrac NewVenture is for aspiring entrepreneurs with a business idea who wish to test the feasibility of their concept.

- FastTrac Planning is for practicing entrepreneurs and owners of small businesses. It is designed to develop a viable plan for growth and blueprint for success.

Each intensive course is a tested, comprehensive and dynamic, educationally-based program from which participants will walk away with their own professional operational, marketing and business plans.

FastTrac is a practical, hands-on business development program designed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage and grow a successful business. FastTrac participants don't just learn about business, they live it. They work on their own business ideas or ventures throughout the course - moving their ventures to reality or new levels of growth.

Sessions for FastTrac NewVenture will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. each Tuesday for nine weeks at the Hankamer School of Business on the Baylor campus beginning Aug. 30th.

FastTrac Planning sessions will also be held from 6-9:30 p.m. each Tuesday for eleven weeks at the Hankamer School of Business beginning Aug. 30th.

New Facilitators

This fall a new instructor and a new business counselor lead the FastTrac NewVenture Program. Sam Maitz will be the instructor of FastTrac NewVenture and Dawn Maitz will be the business counselor. Sam Maitz is an executive and business owner with more than 20 years of domestic and international experience in operations, P&L management, multi-channel product distribution, strategic positioning, technology development, assessments, acquisitions, and strategic planning with both start-up and growth organizations. He has a proven track record of helping businesses increase sales, global market share, and profitability through results-driven personal leadership and executive development programs and processes. Maitz is a FastTrac Certified Facilitator.

Dawn Maitz is a graduate of Wellesley College and did post-graduate work at Harvard and Boston University. She has more than 13 years of experience in personal and management development, strategic planning, marketing, and organizational communication. Maitz specializes in identifying and resolving issues that impact performance and results. Her consulting company offers a comprehensive set of services specifically designed to help individuals and businesses: gain and maintain a competitive advantage, respond positively to the continuous challenges and changes of today's world, and achieve and sustain personal and organizational excellence. Maitz is a FastTrac Certified Facilitator.

The instructor for FastTrac Planning is Pat Armstrong and the business counselor is Mike Holman. Armstrong owns Clifton Upholstery Company, Inc. Clifton manufactures furniture, window treatments, cushions, and bedding for the recreational vehicle industry. Before that Armstrong worked in various positions for Chevron Corporation, including numerous training assignments. He has a Masters degree in Finance from St. Mary's College and an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M, Kingsville.

Holman has over 25 years of community banking experience.

FastTrac is co-sponsored by the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship, the City of Waco, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, and the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Inc. at the Ewing Marion Foundation.

For registration information or to request an application, call the Baugh Center, (254) 710-4157. Seating is limited.

About Baylor Business

Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business provides a complete business education - consisting of classroom learning and hands-on experience - in the context of a values-based culture. The Business School is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. For more information, visit

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