Kauffman FastTrac® for Women Entrepreneurs

Astra Women’s Business Alliance (Astra) produces a range of programming to help women-owned businesses grow and prosper. As an affiliate of the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac® Programs, Astra offers programs designed for established entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next stage of growth.

Astra periodically offers two FastTrac® programs for its WBE members:

GrowthVenture™ Women Entrepreneur Boot Camp

Astra offers a course designed to support entrepreneurs analyze their current business situation to identify the best opportunities for growth and seeking to take their existing businesses to the next level. Budgeting, sales, management team roles, international expansion, operational system and business plan implementation. We have offered this for 3 years and our graduates have experienced increasing growth and new relationships leading to new contracts.  $800 per person includes food, text book and online access to resource website and online promotion for your business.

  • GrowthVenture is a flexible, 30-hour, 5-day course with a proven framework to help established entrepreneurs realize their business’ full potential through sustainable growth and operational efficiency. The course is interactive in a group-oriented environment where participants can network with one another to bolster their business knowledge and ideas. The course is targeted specifically to entrepreneurs who have experience running their businesses.

The next GrowthVenture™ course taught by Astra is scheduled for October 19 – 23, 2015, in San Leandro, California.

  • Analyze your current business situation
  • Identify the best growth opportunities
  • Determine models for growth
  • Build budgets that support your business’ visions and strategic plans
  • Find ways to strengthen your organizations’ products/services
  • Determine the best sales strategies for your markets
  • Optimize the roles and responsibilities of your management teams
  • Discover the operations systems needed to support a growing business
  • Improve profitability and financial performance
  • Implement revised business plans
  • Listening to Your Businessis a 4-hour workshop with exercises that help identify where your business is in its life cycle; where you want it to be; and what you need to do to get there. A 3-step action plan is the foundation of the program.

NewVenture™ Women Veteran Entrepreneur Boot Camp

Astra Women’s Business Alliance, as an affiliate of Kauffman FastTrac® , is partnering to deliver an innovative NewVenture™ Women Veteran Entrepreneur course to women military veterans. These classes are led by trained facilitators with entrepreneurial training. Veterans will learn tips on marketing, finance, operations, and building an organizational culture prepared for long-time success. Limited availability. Future opportunities will be offered following completion to meet with corporations and agencies for possible contracts. $450 per person, includes food, textbooks, access to resource networks and online promotion for businesses who complete the course.

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