WCBC offers mentorship program

Starting or expanding a business can be one of the biggest decisions that a hopeful entrepreneur can make.

The Wyoming County Business Center offers two programs, FastTrac and the Wyoming County Business Accelerator Academy, to help entrepreneurs get started and grow their business in Wyoming County.

The FastTrac program provides access to resources and knowledge.

In Wyoming County, the FastTrac Program, offered through the Wyoming County Business Center, helps entrepreneurs transform innovative business ideas into viable career options, and moves ventures to reality or new levels of growth. FastTrac helps entrepreneurs overcome barriers and challenges common in starting a business.

The FastTrac Program consists of 10 classes, the first few are devoted to determining the viability and market potential of the business concept. The remaining classes help build the framework for a solid business plan.

The classes, intentionally kept small in size to personally engage each participant, are facilitated by two seasoned local and experienced entrepreneurs.

FastTrac participants work on their own business endeavors throughout the course. The program is fast-paced and energizing, using guest speakers and interactive activities, organizers said.

Participants build a unique network with one another helping to build their business plan.

“FastTrac allows entrepreneurs to express their ideas openly and create their business plans in a confidential environment,” said Program Manager Jennifer Tyczka. “The motivation of the classroom setting accelerates entrepreneurial development and growth.”

The FastTrac program is provided through the Center’s partnership with the Kauffman Foundation.

The program “has proved immensely helpful to entrepreneurs looking to either start or expand their business in Wyoming County,” said Jim Pierce, president of Wyoming County Business Center Inc. “The Wyoming County Business Center Inc. Board of Directors and the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors support the FastTrac Program, recognizing that entrepreneurship and new business startups are a primary source of job growth. FastTrac is a great tool to implement this strategy plus it has the resources of the Kauffman Foundation for support. This program has proven results, and we look forward to seeing its continued success.”

The FastTrac Program is sponsored by Tompkins Bank of Castile, Complete Payroll, Community Bank N.A., 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.

For businesses looking to grow sales, improve profitability and advance to the next level, the Business Center offers the new Wyoming County Business Accelerator Academy, a four-week interactive program to better equip business owners with the tools and knowledge needed to advance their business to greater financial success and long-term sustainability.

Participants can expect to develop new business strategies and tactics to promote growth and profitability, identify their businesses’ distinct competitive advantage and tap into new markets; increase on-line marketing and hear from a digital marketing expert; and learn how strategic thinking can dramatically improve their business performance.

The Wyoming County Business Accelerator Academy is sponsored and supported by the Wyoming County Business Center Inc. Board of Directors and the Wyoming County Board of Supervisors. Program funding resources are provided by the Wyoming Foundation, a division of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo and Key Bank.

To learn more about the programs and the current class schedule visit wycoida.org or contact Jennifer Tyczka at the Wyoming County Business Center at (585) 786-3764 or email jtyczka@wycoida.org.

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