Entrepreneurs Urged to Enroll Now for Fasttrac Training

July 14, 1997

by Alan Hunt

WACO, Texas - Following two successful sessions, Premier FastTrac is accepting applications for fall courses to begin in September.

Designed for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, FastTrac has two programs. FastTrac I is for aspiring entrepreneurs with a business idea who wish to test the feasibility of their concept. FastTrac II 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," says Maurene Fadal, FastTrac administrator at Baylor University's John Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship.

During spring this year more than 30 entrepreneurs participated in the second Premier FastTrac program held in Central Texas. Forty-four volunteers worked on 10 committees to facilitate the Premier FastTrac program. In addition, there were two instructors, four business counselors and 28 Baylor students involved with the spring classes. Waco businessmen Pat Holiday, president of Product Development and Marketing Company, and Allan Morris, acting president of First Waco National Bank, served as instructors.

Sessions for FastTrac I will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. each Tuesday for nine weeks at the Waco Convention Center beginning Sept. 16. The $350 fee (due in full by Aug. 29) covers all materials and textbooks. FastTrac II sessions will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Waco Convention Center beginning Sept. 9. The $700 fee (due in full by Aug. 29) covers all materials and textbooks used during the 11-week course.

Premier FastTrac is co-sponsored by the Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship, the City of Waco, the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,

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and the Heart of Texas Black Chamber of Commerce. The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Inc. at the Ewing Marion Foundation and the Waco Foundation are special benefactors to the FastTrac program.

For registration information or to request an application, call the Baugh Center, (254) 755-2265, extension 3. Applications can also be picked-up at one of the sponsoring Chambers of Commerce or the Baugh Center at Baylor. Registration deadline is Aug. 12. Seating is limited. Fadal says partial tuition assistance from the Waco Foundation is available with verified need.

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