Programs designed to help entrepreneurs learn the skills to develop successful business ventures will be offered again this fall by the John M. Morrison Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business.

FastTrac I is a nine-week, 32-hour course that explains how to assess the feasibility of a new business venture. A free information session about the program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the university’s Terrence Murphy Hall at 1000 LaSalle Ave.

FastTrac II is an 11-week, 45-hour course designed to help business owners with less than $2 million in annual sales learn how to make their business grow. Information sessions will be held at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Terrence Murphy Hall, 1000 LaSalle Ave.

For more information call (651) 962-4408.

The university’s FastTrac courses are supported by the USBank Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Bankers Association, Twin Cities Metro Certified Development Co., and the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

St. Thomas’ FastTrac program has been offered for six years; for three years it has been recognized as the best FastTrac course in the nation.

FastTrac grads have won state entrepreneurship honors for the past four years. Small Business Person of the Year Awards went to MindWare president Jeanne Voight in 1997 and Office Plan president Susan McCloskey in 1998. Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards went to restaurant owner Stephanie Shimp in 1999 and Web site developer Jennifer Alstad in 2000.