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West Texas Innovation Network is The Recipient of a $15,000 Grant from the Community Foundation of Abilene to Support Veteran Entrepreneur Training

West Texas Innovation Network is The Recipient of a $15,000 Grant from the Community Foundation of Abilene to Support Veteran Entrepreneur Training

By Steve Collins - Business Resource Consultant- Texas Workforce Solutions

 

 

 

ABILENE, TEXAS—The West Texas Innovation Network has received a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Abilene. These funds will be allocated toward supporting entrepreneur training toveterans, veterans’ spouses and those active duty military personnel who willbe successfully separating from the service.  Since a veteran is significantlymore likely to pursue self-employment relative to his nonveteran peers, thesefunds will provide the necessary support to assist those who are most worthyamong us to pursue their dreams of business ownership.   Veteran-onlyclasses are being planned for late spring or early summer in the Abilenearea.  WTIN is currently offering discounts to veterans for the FastTrac®NewVenture™ being offered in Brownwood starting February 12, 2013.  Formore information visit www.wtin.org under theTRAINING tab or call Mike at 325-795-4313. {{more}}   The 30-hour, FastTrac® NewVenture™course is designed to teach individuals how to successfully launch their businessideas in a group-oriented environment.  Participantswill learn how to set realistic financial goals, determine the unique featuresand benefits of their product/service and find their target market and discovertheir competitive advantage.  Othertopics of this course will include development of the essential framework forstarting a business, identifying potential sources of funding. Seasonedentrepreneurs, guest speakers, and business owners will share uniqueexperiences and perspectives on starting a new business. The participant’s business ideawill be evaluated as they present to the group.     The WEST TEXAS INNOVATION NETWORK provides access to training opportunities for entrepreneurs aspiring tostart their own businesses.  Mike Mikeworth, Project Manager states “Wework with a variety of community partners, small business owners and otherentrepreneurship interests in the Big Country in order to makeavailable quality training, consulting and events to localentrepreneurs.”  For more information and to register online, visit www.wtin.org   Fundingfor the West Texas Innovation Network was initially provided through a grantfrom the Texas Workforce Commission, but is currently supported by localEconomic Development Corporations and non-profit foundations. The West Texas Innovation Network is acollaborative effort of the ACU Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship andPhilanthropy, the Texas Tech Small Business Development Center and theWorkforce Solutions of West Central Texas Board focused on supporting entrepreneursby providing networking, training, mentoring and resources.  Additional information about WTIN may beobtained by visiting our website at  www.wtin.org.Mike Mikeworth WTIN Project Manager 325-795-4313 , Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas The Community Foundation of Abilenecollects, invests and administers charitable endowments for the benefit of ourcommunity. We make grants that make our community better. The Community Foundation of Abilene isa permanent collection of charitable funds supported by the general public andserving the greater Abilene region. The Foundation serves the entire communityby raising, managing, and distributing funds for charitable purposes. In manycases, contributions are pooled and invested, so that the earnings provide apermanent source of grant monies for general or specific purposes.   Equal Opportunity Employer/Program Auxiliary aids and services are available, uponrequest, to individuals with disabilities. Relay Texas:1-800-735-2989 or 1-800-735-2988   Las Soluciones de la fuerza de trabajo West Central TX Empleador/Programa de Igualdad de oportunidades El auxiliar ayuda y los servicios están disponibles, sobrela petición, a individuos con incapacidades. RetransmitaTejas: 1-800-735-2989 ; 1-800-735-2988 ; 1-800-622-4954

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