St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

Small Businesses Offered Training Opportunities

Small Businesses Offered Training Opportunities

February 10, 2015

St. John the Baptist Parish – The St. John the Baptist Parish Economic Development Department is offering its Spring 2015 FastTrac program to all certified Small & Emerging Businesses in St. John Parish.  The program is composed of 10-sessions aimed at providing the tools necessary for managing a successful business.  FastTrac is a nationally recognized entrepreneurial training program developed by the Kaufman Foundation, a recognized leader in entrepreneurship. 

The program will begin Thursday, March 5, 2015 and will continue through May 14.  Classes will be held on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the St. John Business Training Center located at the SCL Technical College at 181 Regala Park Rd in Reserve. At a value of $1125, the cost is only $100 to interested participants.

During the program, participants will receive:                          

  • ·         Practical business education to build a profitable and sustainable business
  • ·         A Program workbook
  • ·         Lifetime access to online FastTrac toolkit
  • ·         An assigned business coach during the program
  • ·         Free unlimited assistance from LSBDC business consultants

Upon completion of the program, participants will:

  • ·         Have a completed business plan that can be used to access funding
  • ·         Be eligible to apply for a business loan with the Louisiana Federal Credit Union
  • ·         Be eligible to apply for funding assistance for selected managerial and technical assistance projects 
  • ·         Gain valuable business skills and tools with strategies that can be implemented immediately

Interested participants can also contact Wayne Aucoin at the Business Training Center 985-479-1247,

10 Session Schedule

Thursday, March 5 – Overview, YOU & Entrepreneurship

Thursday, April 16 – Reaching the Market

Thursday, March 12 – Identifying & Meeting Market Needs

Thursday, April 23 – Building the Organization & Team

Thursday, March 19 – Setting Financial Goals

Thursday, April 30 – Planning for a Profitable Business

Thursday, March 26 – Planning the Product/Service

Thursday, May 7 – Monitoring Cash Flow & Seeking Funds

Thursday, April 9 – Researching & Analyzing the Market

Thursday, May 14 – Implementing Next Steps


The Business Training Center is a partnership of St. John the Baptist Parish Economic Development, Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana Small Business Development Center and the South Central Louisiana Technical College.