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Businesses Launching and Thriving Through FastTrac NYC
MANHATTAN—On Saturday, October 16, new and existing NYC small business owners will exhibit their
businesses at the FastTrac® NYC Fall Business Expo. The New York City
Department of Small Business Services has partnered with The Levin Institute and the Kauffman Foundation to provide two
FastTrac programs to New Yorkers at no cost: FastTrac NewVenture and FastTrac
FastTrac is a training program to help emerging entrepreneurs, including those displaced from previous jobs during the recession, start new businesses and help existing entrepreneurial business owners grow their businesses. Mayor Bloomberg endorsed the FastTrac program in March 2009 stating, “New York City’s workforce is the hardest-working and most talented in the nation, and that’s an asset we cannot afford to squander,” FastTrac is one of the services offered by NYC Business Solutions at no cost to help businesses start, operate and expand in NYC.
The 2nd Annual FastTrac NYC Fall Business Expo will highlight the program’s success after its first year and showcase the entrepreneurs who are helping boost life back into the city’s economy. The Expo will provide NYC small business owners the opportunity to network with peers, potential investors and consumers, and community leaders.
Over one year after launching, both programs have not only increased the number of entrepreneurs in NYC, but have also prepared entrepreneurs with the skills and knowledge needed to run a successful business.
FastTrac NewVenture and GrowthVenture
The FastTrac NewVenture program is designed to help entrepreneurs determine the viability of their business concepts and assist in outlining the critical steps to a successful business launch. The FastTrac GrowthVenture program is designed to provide business owners the tools and support to carefully review and evaluate important aspects of their business, explore next stage growth and opportunity, and reshape their existing business for future profitability and improved business performance. FastTrac was developed by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Kauffman Foundation is devoted to advancing entrepreneurship as one of the fundamental aspects of life in the United States. Focusing on research, education, technical assistance, and policy, the Kauffman Foundation works to increase the number and success rate of individuals engaged in the process of starting or growing their own business or idea.
more about FastTrac, and the success of its graduates:
WHO: Local Officials, Community Leaders, Entrepreneurs, FastTrac Program Alumni, Friends of FastTrac, Press
EVENT: 2nd Annual FastTrac NYC Fall Business Expo
DATE/TIME: Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 1:00-5:00PM
LOCATION: SUNY Levin Institute 116 East 55th Street New York City, NY 10022 (between Park and Lexington Avenues)