Calling All Entrepreneurs

September 5, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – September 5, 2008 –  Are you ready to start your business? FastTracSC, which helps foster the creation of new sustainable businesses through training programs, is offering FastTrac® NewVenture™ classes starting September 25 at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus.

FastTrac® NewVenture™ is ground zero for anyone interested in starting a business. An education program created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, NewVenture™ is designed to help you evaluate and perfect your business concept. Taught by seasoned entrepreneurs in your community, FastTrac® is a hands-on program that uses your idea as a case study, giving you an opportunity to workshop your venture in a safe and supportive environment. FastTrac® NewVenture™ is a nine-module, 31.5 hour program.

Through FastTrac® NewVenture™, participants will discover whether the life of an entrepreneur is right for them. It takes a three-dimensional look at their concept as well as study issues such as: What additional opportunities exist for entrepreneurs? How can I market my new business? How do I price my products and services? How do I begin developing a budget?

FastTrac® NewVenture™ will be held every Thursday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., September 25, 2008 – December 4, 2008, at Midlands Technical College Northeast Campus. The cost for the course is $195. Interested entrepreneurs may sign up for the program by visiting or calling Tom Ledbetter at (803) 691-3885 for more information.

About FastTrac®: FastTrac® is a program of the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest organization in the nation solely focused on entrepreneurial success at all levels. FastTrac® is offered statewide through FastTracSC, a program of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. In the past two and a half years, more than 600 graduates have completed the program in South Carolina. Our mission is to promote entrepreneurship and small business in South Carolina through the FastTrac® programs.