MichiganWorks! offers project development program

BIG RAPIDS—Michigan Works! West Central is excited to offer residents the chance to launch their entrepreneurial future with the FastTrac NewVenture training course beginning March 14.

Ron Steiner, Entrepreneurship Development Educator with Michigan State University Extension, will be facilitating the 30-hour training course for anyone who has a business idea they’d like to get off the ground. “If you have a passion about something, a fire that’s burning in you but you don’t know how to get started, this training will help you,” said Steiner.

Steiner, a retired businessman and entrepreneur himself, is certified through the Kauffmann Foundation to teach the FastTrac NewVenture training course. Designed specifically for entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development, FastTrac NewVenture will help participants explore entrepreneurship; identify and meet market needs; objectively evaluate their concept and plans for moving forward; develop a working knowledge of business fundamentals such as marketing, product/service development, management, and financials; begin building an infrastructure for their business operations and processes; explore the risk and success factors in the marketplace; understand how to access the human, financial, and business resources; network with entrepreneurs and professionals; respond to changes that can impact their business; and build an actionable business plan.

“We are very excited to have Ron’s expertise come to our region to help those who may be interested in starting their own business,” said Michelle Herron, business services director at Michigan Works! West Central. “This training is designed for anyone in the area who has an idea, an invention, or a service to offer people and would like to turn their passion into a full-time job.”

The 30-hour FastTrac NewVenture training program will begin on Wednesday, March 14, from 6-9 p.m. at the Michigan Works! Service Center in Big Rapids and will be held for 10 weeks. Pre-registration is required. Cost for the training is $140 for books and materials. The rest of the training cost, approximately $600, is covered by a grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Please call Herron at (231) 660-0253 for more information or to register.