FastTrac program returns to Pickens County
By Peter Hull
The FastTrac entrepreneurs program returned to Pickens County in January to help small businesses grow.
Offered through Clemson’s Institute for Economic and Community Development (CIECD), FastTrac programs are designed to help entrepreneurs hone skills needed to create, manage and grow successful businesses. Experienced entrepreneurs present the programs and guest speakers supplement their knowledge.
Classes are available at locations across the state, facilitated by Will Culler, research associate at the Sandhill Research and Education Center in Columbia. Partners include S.C. Small Business Development Centers, S.C. Council on Competitiveness, S.C. Department of Commerce, S.C. Technology Alliance, SCORE, Winthrop University, College of Charleston, Midlands Technical College and Technical College of the Lowcountry.
Part of a national program, FastTrac is a coalition of education and business groups that offers classes and resources for starting a company, developing a business plan, funding the business, growing the company and taking sales global.
“Interaction with peers and experienced entrepreneurs provides FastTrac participants a level of knowledge and support they could never get from a book or software,” Culler said.