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SCORE Lancaster FastTrac® Entrepreneurs Graduate

December 1, 2009

Nineteen aspiring entrepreneurs successfully completed the First Step FastTrac®class, a twelve week course which teaches new entrepreneurs how to start their own businesses. The series, which began in September, 2009 — the first one to be held in Lancaster — was conducted by SCORE Lancaster coaches and mentors. It was co-sponsored by ASSETS Lancaster and made possible by a grant from the Lancaster County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

“We were pleased with the number and quality of students who signed up for this first attempt,” said Jerry Glenn SCORE’s Chairman. “I think it bodes well for the Lancaster market that we were able to place so many educated, well-prepared future business men and women on the fast track to starting their own businesses.”

The twelve week course – developed by the prestigious Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas — taught students the basics of starting their own businesses including in-depth sessions on how to conduct a feasibility study, how to research your idea, how to market your business, pricing your product and how to prepare accurate budgets and financial projections.

A graduation ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th with Jerry Glenn as Master of Ceremonies.

Graduates receiving certificates include:  Brian Cooley, Jackie Herman,   Adam Kowalczyk, William Kreidler, Gerica Lilly, James Lilly, Dawn Mentzer, Lori O’Donnell, Harvey Owen, Jonathan Potts, Gerald Rhen, and Nilda Vega. The future businesses these graduates plan to start include restaurants, a gift shop, contracting & remodeling businesses, an independent/alternative movie theatre, an architectural firm, a veterinarian practice, an accounting firm, plus others.

The class instructors were SCORE coaches Lou Davenport, Rhonda Kleimann, Rich Young, Hugh MacMaster, David Templeton, Tom Burgum and Harvey Owen.

SCORE plans a second version of the First Step FastTrac®course and a second level course titled FastTrac NewVenture®, early in 2010. For more information on the upcoming courses, please see the special workshop section of http://www.scorelancaster.org or contact: SCORE at (717) 397-3092.

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  1. David Barter permalink
    December 9, 2009 2:25 am

    As a graduate of the first FastTrac class with no small business experience, I found it most imformative and fun. I looked forward to attending every week. The Facilitators and Coaches were great and will always be there for you and your endevor. I highly recommend it. Sincerely, David Barter

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