BROWARD COUNTY - The Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) has launched its fourth session of FastTrac® NewVenture.™ The free program is designed to guide aspiring and early stage entrepreneurs on the path to success, the County said. FastTrac® NewVenture™ offered in partnership with Broward County Creation Station Business, began on May 30 and runs through September 12 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Broward County Creation Station Business located in the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, 7th Floor, in Fort Lauderdale. Through a competitive application process,17 entrepreneurs were selected for the NewVenture™ program this year, out of 126 applicants. 

As a Kauffman FastTrac® affiliate, OESBD hosts the NewVenture™ program to help entrepreneurs refine their business concept, identify the components of a strong business plan, and access the appropriate resources for launch, said the County.  At the completion of the course, business plans are evaluated and the top three are eligible to compete for seed money grants.  Broward County has 23 new businesses that graduated from previous classes.

“The launching of our fourth NewVenture™ course underscores Broward County’s commitment to entrepreneurs and growing our economy,” said OESBD Director, Sandy-Michael E. McDonald. “We proudly present programming that supports the development and growth of small businesses in Broward County, and we can’t wait to read the Final Proposals and see the Top #3 New Businesses to launch in Broward County.” 

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The program classes are held on the following Wednesdays: June 20, 27, July 11, 18, August 1, 8, 22 and culminates with a graduation on September 12.

For more information on the Kauffman FastTrac® program, contact OESBD at 954-357-6400 or visit