Black Chamber of Commerce completes sponsorship of TCL entrepreneurship class

Twelve emerging business owners, all members of the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce (BCBCC), graduated Nov. 17 from a 10-week FastTrac® (FT) New Venture entrepreneurship class.
BCBCC 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 this project. Additional support came from FastTracSC.
BCBCC FT 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.
The graduation speaker was previous FastTrac graduate Bretta Grant-Taylor of Summerville, S.C. Grant-Taylor, a former Lockheed Martin systems engineer, is now a successful entrepreneur. She is the owner of TheNia Group @ Carolina One, a regional real estate company and CEO of The Money Campus, which delivers financial literacy camps in a fun-filled, game-oriented learning environment for kids and adults of all ages with an emphasis on Real Estate.
Developed by the Kauffman Foundation, FastTrac is a series of nationally known programs that uses class discussions, lectures, and guest speakers to hone skills in the self-employment area. The class’s goals support the BCBCC’s mission, which is dedicated to the economic empowerment of African-American communities and small businesses.
The class, offered by TCL’s Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development and FastTracSC, was facilitated by Frank Marcinkoski, FT Business Coach and a local business consultant, and Harriett Hilton, TCL Dean of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.
New FastTrac classes will begin in January at various Lowcountry locations. For more information, please call Harriett Hilton at 843.470.8385 or Mary Dickerson, South Carolina FastTrac Director at 843.805.3089.

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