Baylor Entrepreneur Returns to Help Waco Entrepreneurs

Sept. 24, 1996

by Alan Hunt

Curtis Grant, a 1989 Baylor University entrepreneur graduate, will return to Waco today, Tuesday, Sept. 24, to address the first session of the Premier FastTrac program in Central Texas, scheduled for 6-9:30 p.m. in the Ranger Room of the Waco Convention Center.

A national program geared toward aspiring and current entrepreneurs, Premier FastTrac is co-sponsored by the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship at Baylor, the City of Waco and the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce in partnership with TSTC, SBDC/BRC, MCC, Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Heart of Texas Black Chamber of Commerce. The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Inc. at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Waco Foundation are special benefactors to the FastTrac program.

Grant, who lives in Dallas, will speak on the topic, "Strategic Planning for Entrepreneurs." He recently launched a new entrepreneurial venture in the Dallas area.

The curriculum of the Premier FastTrac program has been taught, tested and refined in classes held in 31 states. Waco businessmen Pat Holiday, president of Product Development and Marketing Company, and Allan Morris, senior vice president of First Waco National Bank, have been chosen as instructors for the FastTrac program.

Holiday will teach students enrolled in FastTrac I, a nine-week session for people interested in beginning a business, testing their entrepreneurial ideas and completing a feasibility study.

Morris will instruct students in FastTrac II, an 11-week session for existing and growth oriented entrepreneurs. This more advanced session will concentrate on existing financial and marketing plans, improving operational aspects of a business and writing a business plan.

The second session of the Premier FastTrac Program will begin in spring 1997. For more information, contact 755-2265, extension 3.

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