Info sessions planned for FastTrac program Feb. 24 and 26

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

FastTrac 1 is a nine-week, 32-hour course that explains how to assess the feasibility of a new business venture.

Free information sessions about the program will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, and 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at St. Thomas’ Minneapolis campus, 1000 LaSalle Ave.

For more information call (651) 962-4408.

The university’s FastTrac courses are supported by the Norwest Foundation, US Bank Foundation, 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 the last three it has been recognized as the best FastTrac course in the nation.

Two winners of the Minnesota Small Business Person of the Year Award — MindWare president Jeanne Voight in 1997 and Office Plan president Susan McCloskey in 1998 — are FastTrac graduates. Restaurant owner Stephanie Shimp, another FastTrac grad, received the 1999 Minnesota SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.