The Harlingen Economic Development Corporation announced last week it will sponsor a new hands-on training program for entrepreneurs to develop the skills needed to create, manage and grow successful businesses. In addition, the Harlingen EDC will help offset training costs for participants.
The program, FastTrac, is geared to entrepreneurs at all levels, will be conducted over the course of ten weeks in weekly three-hour evening sessions by the International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Texas at Brownsville. Topics include exploring entrepreneurship, identifying and meeting market needs, setting financial goals, planning the product/service, researching and analyzing the market, building the organization, planning for a profitable business, monitoring cash flow and seeking funds and implementing next steps.
FastTrac is the leading entrepreneurial learning program in the nation, developed by the Kauffman Foundation in 1994. Dates and times for the local training are to be announced, with Harlingen EDC hoping to begin classes in April. Each ten-week class will be limited to ten people to ensure individual help.
The Harlingen EDC will provide one half of the $700 cost for each person taking the training. People interested in the program must apply by calling John Sossi or Ruben Ceballos at 956-882-4119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
This article was originally featured in the Feb. 29, 2012 edition of Valley Business Report’s e-Brief. To receive the e-Brief weekly via email, subscribe here.