New or aspiring business owners have a place to turn this spring for low-cost mentoring and training to help them refine their ideas and reach their goals.
Registration for the FastTrac New Venture entrepreneurial certificate program is open through March 27. Classes will meet Thursdays, 6–8:30 p.m., at the Rantoul Business Center, 601 S. Century Blvd., starting April 3.
In each seven-week session, participants learn from experienced business professionals on how to evaluate their early-stage business ideas, develop a business plan to take those ideas to market, seek sustainable financing, and more. Through one-on-one mentoring and peer learning, residents gain ample tools to produce the elements of an effective business.
A joint effort of Parkland College and the University of Illinois EnterpriseWorks’ EDA University Center, Parkland has been offering Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac NewVenture classes since fall 2012. The Rantoul Business Center serves as an outreach to community residents who have a goal of starting their own business but find it difficult to enroll in traditional college cours
Dozens of residents have completed the program, led by Parkland Associate Professor Mark Kesler, a certified FastTrac New Venture trainer.
Space is still available, though limited, in the spring session. The cost is $100 and includes instruction and student manuals. To register, consult the Parkland spring 2014 Community Education brochure, 505
, or call Community Education at 217/353-2055. Questions may be directed to Kesler at firstname.lastname@example.org