The curriculum is similar to business classes for civilians. They meet with small-business legal experts, and learn about financing, staffing and sales. But some content is specific to veterans, said Markey. “For instance, the government sets aside a certain amount of contracts specifically for veteran-owned businesses. They need to know these things, and to know about other programs specifically targeted to them.” In addition, FastTrac instructors are themselves former veterans.
“Through the intensive 30-hour course, they develop their business idea into something they can launch,” said Markey.
The classroom program is being offered in Kansas City, Mo.; Houston; Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Washington, D.C.; and San Diego. Online, it is accessible to anyone. Markey said Kauffman FastTrac plans to train close to 300 military personnel — from all branches of the military ranging in age from those in their 20s to 50s — in 2012.
Said Markey, “We want to connect the dots for them between military experience and the business side.”
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