Business owners across the state of New Hampshire have another source of support as they begin to build upon a vision and a strategic plan thanks to a collaboration between several state organizations.
The NH Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC), a business counseling outreach program of the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics, in association with North Country Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), a nonprofit organization whose programs promote resource conservation, will host FastTrac Planning seminars for the first time in New Hampshire. FastTrac Planning will be offered at Plymouth State University through their Community Outreach Program.
The FastTrac Planning workshop series is highly interactive, and will provide owners with the expertise and structure necessary to achieve their business goals. Participants will develop a comprehensive business plan that speaks to present and future needs and will consider, “What do I really want from my business?”
According to Gary Chabot, SBDC Regional Manager and FastTrac facilitator for the Plymouth State course, “This program offers unique, hands on assessments of the inner workings of a small business. Along with specialized presentations by successful business owners, managers and professionals, the FastTrac program helps a business owner understand all the fundamentals involved in developing a growing business.”
One FastTrac graduate commented, “We emerged from the class more focused,more confident and with a great looking business plan. We would enthusiastically recommend this course for any serious entrepreneur.”
Developed by FastTrac and supported primarily by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurial Leadership, the workshops have graduated some 60,000 entrepreneurs nationwide since 1993. FastTrac programs also are being offered internationally in Australia, Canada and Sweden. In 1998, FastTrac received the “Vision 2000 Models of Excellence” Award for Entrepreneurial Education from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Seminars and dates are:
October 17 5 – 8 p.m. Introduction to the Entrepreneurial Mindset
October 18 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. The Management Team
1- 4:30 p.m. Legal Aspects
October 24 5 – 8 p.m . Marketing – Purpose and Research
October 25 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Marketing – Analysis
1 – 4:30 p.m. Marketing – Penetration Tactics
November 7 5 – 8 p.m Financials – The Foundation
November 8 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Financials – Management Tools
1 – 4:30 p.m . Financials – Budgets
November 21 5 – 8 p.m. Operations and Managing Growth
November 22 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Money Sources
The cost of the programs is $850 for tuition, $125 for books and materials, and a $50 registration fee. Some scholarships are available.
More information about FastTrac is available online at http://www.nhsbdc.org. To register call Sarah McLaughlin, project manager, The Office of Economic Initiatives at (603) 227-0417.