Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
Our mission is to stimulate the establishment and growth of profit and nonprofit-based start-up companies, to increase the number of successful companies originating and developing in the area to enhance economic health and to generate increased and sustainable enrollments in the School of Business accelerated graduate and undergraduate adult programs. We help emerging entrepreneurs with a dream and companies to gain access to mentors, training, shared space, professional assistance, venture capital and other services that will move them onto the fast track to success. Our mission is to educate and inspire servant leaders and by fulfilling our mission, we contribute to fostering a Pioneering Spirit, a Passion to Serve, and model Purposeful Lives.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~ Jeremiah 29:11
About Our FastTrac Programs
Designed specifically for entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development, FastTrac NewVenture not only helps you uncover the answers, it also helps you determine the questions to ask. Save time and money by testing the feasibility of your business concept before you launch. Form relationships with people who can prove to you that starting or growing your own business doesn't mean going it alone.
FastTrac NewVenture makes a difference by providing the opportunity to: explore entrepreneurship; identify and meet market needs; objectively evaluate your 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 your 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 your business; and build an actionable business plan.
To help existing entrepreneurs improve their business
FastTrac GrowthVenture is targeted to entrepreneurs who have experience running their businesses, yet may be facing such business challenges as a shrinking customer base or reduced financing options. This program helps business owners analyze their business to prepare for strategic growth. Created and facilitated by successful entrepreneurs, this program provides participants with the tools and support to carefully review and evaluate important aspects of their businesses, and potentially reshape their existing businesses. At the end of the program, participants will have an updated business plan for strategic growth.
The FastTrac GrowthVenture program helps participants: make critical decision about the business vision and strategy; explore next-stage growth and opportunity; evaluate the market for new sales opportunities and plan for strategic growth; build and maintain a competitive advantage; understand needs for human, financial and business resources; and maximize cash flow for future profitability.