From Press & Staff Reports
Six people graduated from an entrepreneurship education program hosted by The Enterprise of Mississippi representing Choctaw and Webster counties.
The Kauffman FastTrac Entrepreneurship program was available to individuals interested in starting their own business or local small business owners looking to grow their current operations. Bill Martin, director of MSU’s Franklin Furniture Institute, was facilitator.
The course was held Tuesday nights Jan. 10-March 7 at the Eupora Depot. Mississippi State University, through a “Developing an Entrepreneurial Foundation in the MS ARC Region” grant, offered the course.
FastTrac supports aspiring entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development. Participants received manuals, toolkits and templates to help them develop their own unique business plan, marketing strategy and financials as well as guidance for seeking investment and business development funds. Guest speakers shared their journey and expertise to participants.
Graduates of the program were The Enterprise Director Lara Bowman, Adam Contreras Sr. of Mathiston, Daniel Dabbs of Winona, Nally Hassell of Ackerman, Rena Miller of Weir and Josh Whitlock of Eupora.
Bowman also recently graduated from the Tennessee Valley Authority’s ’s Rural Leadership Institute. The institute, developed and sponsored by TVA Economic Development, provides professional leadership training to rural community economic development professionals in the TVA service area.