Nestled 30 minutes from the numerous business resources in New Orleans, and home to the Port of South Louisiana, St. John the Baptist Parish is quickly becoming a hub for small business and entrepreneurship. The parish suffered severe damage in 2012 after Hurricane Isaac. Today, the parish now boasts a more robust economy and strengthened community.
Built to Thrive
Case in point is the St. John Business Training Center’s FastTrac program – designed for new business owners with less than five years in business or who have been operating informally.
“It’s a 10-week program – three hours once a week – that explores what an entrepreneur is, helps entrepreneurs identify their market, and helps them with their financials, market strategies and building their team,” says Wayne Aucoin, small business consultant and Kauffman FastTrac facilitator at the St. John Business Training Center.
The classes are held at South Central Louisiana Technical College’s Reserve Campus (SCLTC), soon to be known as River Parishes Community College (Reserve Campus) in Summer 2018 when the school merges with one of the local community colleges.
It’s a partnership that benefits both the program and the college, the latter of which supports FastTrac by providing office and classroom space.