ABOUT KAUFFMAN FASTTRAC®
Kauffman FastTrac® equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and peer networks necessary to start and grow successful businesses.
The Kauffman FastTrac® program was created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation in the world devoted to entrepreneurship, to lower the barriers of entrepreneurship by providing practical learning materials delivered online and via teaching partners, to entrepreneurs. In doing so, FastTrac encourages and equips more people to start businesses, contributing to increased startup activity nationwide. The Wyoming County Business Center, Inc. serves as an affiliate of the Kauffman FastTrac® program.
The Wyoming County Business Center, Inc. offers Kauffman FastTrac® twice a year in the spring and fall. Certified Kauffman FastTrac® facilitators teach the course in an interactive environment where participants build a unique network with one another helping build their business plan.
The Kauffman FastTrac® program represents a great opportunity for students and adults alike who want to start or grow a business and gain access to a very successful program. Since 2010, the program has educated over 150 entrepreneurs and helped 87 businesses succeed by enabling them to overcome barriers and challenges common in starting a new business or expanding an existing business.
Kauffman FastTrac® is an exciting hands-on business development program, offered in a classroom setting, designed to help entrepreneurs’ fine-tune the skills needed to create, manage and grow a successful business. Kauffman FastTrac® participants don’t just learn about their business, they experience it! They work on their own business ideas throughout the program-moving their ventures to reality or new levels of growth.
The first three training modules are devoted to determining the viability and market potential of the business idea and the remaining classes help build the framework for a business plan.
Kauffman FastTrac® is a series of 10 training sessions offered one night a week from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Classes are held Tuesday evenings at the Wyoming County Agriculture and Business Center second floor conference room located at 36 Center Street in Warsaw, NY. Class size is limited to 10 participants.
The registration fee is $700.00. A tuition subsidy is available to qualified applicants residing in or creating a business in Wyoming County, NY. The proposed tuition subsidy is $400.00 making the final cost $300.00. Veterans and law enforcement participants receive a 10% discount. Paid tuition includes one registrant and a business partner.
The next session will begin September 1, 2020 and will run through November 3, 2020. The deadline for registration and approval for the tuition subsidy is August 21, 2020.
An exciting opportunity is available to high school and college students residing in Wyoming County, NY.
In collaboration with the Wyoming County Business Education Council, the Wyoming County Business Center, Inc. will provide two motivated, responsible, self-driven students and future business owners a full scholarship to attend the professional Kauffman FastTrac® training program. The “Wyoming County Business Center, Inc. Entrepreneur Scholarship” applications are currently being accepted and young entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply before the August 21, 2020 deadline.
Olive and Ink
East Hill Creamery
FastTrac Alum, Gary and Betty Burley, East Hill Creamery, know what it means to support themselves, working for decades as dairy farmers. But that doesn't mean the transition from a dairy farmer to a new business owner was easy. FastTrac provides entrepreneurs with the tools, resources and education needed to launch or grow a business.
Majestic Hill Coffee Roasters
Every successful entrepreneur knows that the “big idea” is only as good as the ability to execute it. On Thursday, July 18, 2019, Brad and Amy Weber, owners of Majestic Hill Coffee Roasters, LLC, officially celebrated their “big idea” with a ribbon-cutting at Laurie’s Restaurant in Warsaw, one of the locations where customers can enjoy a cup of the locally produced artisan coffee. They were joined by officials from the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism office, the Wyoming County Business Center, local officials, friends, and supporters.
As life-long residents of Wyoming County, Brad and Amy Weber found their home in Castile as the perfect place to start a coffee roasting company. Brad brought 20 years of experience in the coffee industry, and with Amy’s customer service experience, together they formed an idea to create a coffee roasting company. Their journey took off in the fall of 2016 when the Weber’s, with the financial support of Community Action for Wyoming County’s Employment and Training Department, enrolled in the Wyoming County Business Center’s FastTrac Program.
“The name of our company came to us while driving through the rolling hills of Wyoming County. They were so majestic and beautiful,” said the Webers. “We decided to go with Majestic Hill Coffee Roasters. We are dedicated to having our coffee be memorable and enjoyable; like a ride through Wyoming County.”
Through the FastTrac Program, they created their business plan and established a limited liability company. The Webers were then approved for a micro-loan through the Wyoming County Business Center.
Today, Majestic Hill Coffee Roasters, LLC roasts coffee beans and supplies local restaurants and businesses in bean and ground form. They offer leased coffee equipment to qualifying commercial customers. Individuals can enjoy a cup of local artisan coffee at various locations around Western New York. If seeking a great cup of your favorite blend of coffee at home, purchases can be made online at www.majestichillcoffee.com.
The Wyoming County Business Center, Inc. is greatly appreciative of the generous program sponsors, Tompkins Bank of Castile, Complete Payroll, Steuben Trust Company, Robert D. Strassel Esq., Five Star Bank, Wyoming County Board of Supervisors and the workforce development resources available to participants through Community Action for Wyoming County.