Twelve business owners, all members of the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce, recently graduated from a 10-week FastTrac New Venture entrepreneurship class.
Chamber president Larry Holman worked with the local Workforce Investment Board and DJ Moore, director of the Technical College of the Lowcountry Small Business Hub, to fund and support the project.
Graduates and their companies are: Darwin Cleveland, Advanced Fiber Optic Technology; Pam Coaxum, Lowcountry Sanitation; Paulette Edwards, Ultimate Creations; Wilma Holman, H&H Comprotax Beaufort; Ron Lewis Jr., Sea Island Furniture Market; Anita Prather, ASE-Gullah Education; Alexander Ravenel II and Biska Ravenel, Diversified Marketing; Frank Simmons, Simco Notes Enterprise; Carol Smalls-Jenkins, Natural Goodness; Takiya Smith, Chic So Shoe Lites; and Alice Wright, The Wright Touch.
Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, FastTrac uses class discussions, lectures, and guest speakers to hone skills in self-employment.
New FastTrac classes begin in January.
Details: Vall Harriett Hilton at 843-470-8385 or Mary Dickerson at 843-805-3089.