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Hickory Program Prepares Aspiring Entrepreneurs For Business Start-up


The Small Business Center at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) offers one last opportunity to attend the award-winning FastTrac® NewVentureT program. This hands-on business development training program is available at no cost to North Carolina residents who want to pursue business ownership and are unemployed or underemployed. More than 50 displaced workers from the Hickory area have completed the program to date.
Qualified participants will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 20 through May 13, 2010, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the CVCC East Campus in Hickory.
Application deadline is Friday, April 16.  Go to and select "FastTrac® for Entrepreneurs." Click on "Program Locator - Get Started" and enter your zip code.  Select the Charlotte Region Programs for Displaced Workers then follow the link for the Catawba Valley Community College location. 
FastTrac® NewVentureT is designed to help budding entrepreneurs develop a business idea and then plan the critical steps to a successful business launch, including how to identify and reach target markets, plan and man operations, set financial goals, fund the startup and much more.  Participants will hear from successful entrepreneurs, receive coaching from business startup specialists and work in small group planning sessions with fellow entrepreneurs. A workbook and online guides for a business plan and financial worksheets are also included at no cost.  At close, participants will present a summary of their business plan for review by peers and coaches.
Funding is provided by Gov. Perdue's Charlotte Regional Economic and Workforce Recovery Initiative and by a joint initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Deluxe Corporation Foundation.
For more information, contact Bonnie Sweeting, director of CVCC's Small Business Center, 828-327-7000, ext. 4112.

2550 US HIGHWAY 70 SE • HICKORY, NC • 28602-8302 • 828.327.7000
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