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Whitley EDC launches second business planning course

COLUMBIA CITY (July 26, 2010) – The Whitley County EDC announced today that following on the success of its 2010 FastTrac New Ventures course, business incubation program managers Sharon Sallot and Scot Goskowicz will lead another eleven-week New Ventures program beginning in September 2010.

FastTrac is a practical, hands-on business development program designed to help entrepreneur’s fine tune the skills needed to create, manage, and grow a successful business. FastTrac participants don’t just learn about business, they live it! They work on their own business ideas or ventures throughout the program – moving their ventures to reality or new levels of growth.

What: FastTrac New Ventures
When: 6:00 – 9:00PM on Tuesdays
Beginning September 7, 2010
Where: Whitley County EDC
220 W Van Buren Street, Suite 102
Columbia City, IN

Participants in a FastTrac® program learn to operate their businesses effectively through a certified Kauffman Foundation business planning program using sources of information, and to make decisions based on trust and competence. In this learning -focused environment, participants will:
• Fine tune skills to create and/ or grow a successful business
• Learn from experienced entrepreneur facilitators, business coaches, guest speakers and peers
• Transfer knowledge in a peer-to-peer environment
• Expand their network of community resources
• Work ON their business, not IN it
• Receive continual feedback from experienced entrepreneurs
• Learn a business development and planning process they can use as a tool for the ongoing development of their business

The Whitley County EDC sponsors a services-based business incubation program that now serves twelve client companies from throughout Whitley County. An earlier FastTrac New Ventures course attracted thirteen participants ranging from pre-startup “discovery” stage entrepreneurs to “acceleration” stage growth companies.

For more information or to register for the FastTrac New Ventures program, please contact business incubation program managers Sharon Sallot and Scot Goskowicz (below).

About Whitley County EDC
The Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is the lead economic development agency in Whitley County, Indiana. The EDC works closely with local, regional, and state partners to support our industry clients’ growth and success. Our mission is to implement a unified economic development effort and to expand employment and business opportunities for the benefit of the people of Whitley County by developing and maintaining cooperation of all individuals, groups, and organizations within the county. The Whitley County EDC was established in 1992 and represents Whitley County, Columbia City, and the Towns of Churubusco, Larwill, and South Whitley. For more information about the EDC, visit www.whitleyedc.com.

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Media Contacts:
Alan Tio (Whitley County EDC) – 260.244.5506
Sharon Sallot (Sallot Ventures) – 260.244.3176
Scot Goskowicz (SBDC) – 260.481.0493

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