Applications Open For City Business Course Series To Entrepreneurs From Harlem To Hollis

October 1, 2018

NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Gregg Bishop (pictured) announced today that applications are now open for over 400 entrepreneurs to grow their businesses through a series of courses being offered by the City this fiscal year 2019. The series, called FastTrac®, has already served over 4,000 entrepreneurs since launched by the City in 2009. FastTrac® is a series of courses that help aspiring and established entrepreneurs launch and grow their business. Course variations are offered that specifically target women, tech, and veteran entrepreneurs as well as neighborhood businesses.

“The entrepreneurial spirit of New Yorkers built this city and is the reason it remains the greatest city in the world,” said Gregg Bishop, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. “Through programs like FastTrac®, New Yorkers are able to get the support they need to help their businesses flourish and serve our thriving local economy.”

FastTrac® is a free program that provides entrepreneurs across the boroughs with the knowledge and skills needed to grow their businesses through a series of eight to ten sessions with curriculum from the Kauffman Foundation and the guidance of business experts. This fiscal year 2019, FastTrac® will offer over 30 courses including the following course variations:

  • FastTrac® NewVenture™ is for aspiring or recently established entrepreneurs;
  • FastTrac® NewVenture™ for the Female Entrepreneur focuses on topics, challenges, and resources relevant to women entrepreneurs;
  • FastTrac® TechVenture™ focuses on topics, challenges, and resources relevant to aspiring technology entrepreneurs;
  • FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ is for owners of established businesses;
  • FastTrac® GrowthVenture™ for Veterans is for veterans who currently own and operate businesses; and
  • FastTrac GrowthVenture for Established Neighborhood Businesses focuses on topics, challenges, and resources relevant to owners of long-standing small businesses.

For more information or to register for a FastTrac® course, visit

For more information, visit or call 311.

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