Friday, June 2, 2017
St. John the Baptist Parish – Approximately, twenty residents recently graduated from the FastTrac Entrepreneurial Training Program offered through the St. John Business Training Center at the River Parish Community College Reserve, formerly South Central Louisiana (SCL) Technical College, River Parishes Campus.
Parish President Natalie Robottom, Tatiana Bruce, Business Development Officer, Small Business Services Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Penelope Freeman RPCC Dean, St. John Economic Development (ED) Director Jerry Jones, Eliza Eugene, EME, ED Committee members and a host of family members were on hand for the program.
The 10-session program is designed especially for new business owners, business owners with less than 2 years in business or business owners that have been operating informally or part-time. Upon completion of the program, participants leave with a completed business plan that can be used to access capital through business loans, grant funding, and other resources and technical assistance. The Parish President addressed the graduates stating, ”Stay steadfast and active in your pursuit of success and utilize the tools, advice and lessons learned to do great work and provide great services.” She added, “I have no doubt that you will build on your achievements as each of you, all 20 graduates, are primed for success.”
Each session includes facilitated activities and group discussions, guest speakers, networking, coaching sessions and action steps. The program is funded in part through a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with St. John ED, LED - Small and Emerging Business Development (SEBD) Program, Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC), and RPCC.
“The FastTrac initiative in St. John the Baptist Parish serves as a tool that prepares small businesses and potential entrepreneurs as to how to grow their businesses,” said Jones. “We will continue to offer opportunities and resources to further advance the success of their businesses. Congrats again to our Spring 2017 Kauffman FastTrac graduates! Please know our doors are always open and we look forward to continuing to participate in the growth and success of your businesses.”
Class participants were responsible for only $100 of the program fee. A new FastTrac session will be held in the Fall of 2017.
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