17 Austin small businesses will be honored on Dec 4
The City of Austin Economic Development Department’s Small Business Program, in partnership with UT’s IC2 Institute, has continued its investment in local small businesses by sponsoring the 2nd cohort of the FastForward small business accelerator program. FastForward is a 10-week program focused on growing traditional small businesses. This year’s cohort is comprised of 17 Austin small businesses from a variety of industry sectors.
FastForward participants will make their final presentations and receive a Completion Certificate issued by the IC2 Institute on Monday, December 4, 2017 from 2-3:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers followed by a reception in the Atrium-Vending area. The public is invited to attend.
Participating companies are Elevated Evolution LLC; Austin Language Learning School; Emoji’s Grilled Cheese Bar; The Maximus Box; Fandindo Textiles LLC; Got Dirty Blinds? LLC; Your Smart Closet, Inc.; Melissa Borrell Design; Lua Brazil LLC; Tamale Addiction; Garbo’s; Stitch Texas; Sweet Ritual; Skybridge Academy; Spirit Pieces; Crushing Tigers, and Bright Production Development.
The small businesses, recruited through the minority chambers of commerce and other small business resource organizations, enjoyed the assistance of dozens of experienced community mentors and MBA students from The University of Texas. Having student involvement has the two-fold benefit of providing the students with real world experience while giving the business owners a fresh, new vantage point.
The FastForward initiative was created to help address the growth disparity in Austin. On average, women- and minority-owned small businesses do not achieve the same annual revenue and overall growth as the average majority-owned business in Austin. The City’s Economic Development Department is committed to closing that disparity gap.
The IC² Institute is a globally recognized “think and do” component of The University of Texas at Austin whose mission is to engage in current-edge research to enhance the solving of unstructured problems related to market economies, wealth creation, growth and prosperity through entrepreneurial activity and the commercialization of technological innovation.
The Small Business Program is a division of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department, and is committed to providing opportunities and resources to small businesses to help them grow and prosper in a competitive business environment.
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