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SBDC-FASTRAC partnership backs up local veteran entrepreneurs

Alex Galicia

Veteran entrepreneurs are on the winning side of a great opportunity as the San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center Regional Network (SBDC) partners with Kauffman FastTrac to bring a NewVenture program to local entrepreneurs.

A two-month course will offer veterans guidance in starting a successful business. Curriculum will include how to align new business ideas with marketplace realities, find target markets and competitive advantages, develop brands and will offer time to network with likeminded entrepreneurs and learn fundamental steps to running and growing a business.

Alex Galicia, an Iraq War veteran, will serve as instructor for the two-month program. Galicia, who took over the family plumbing business in 2005 and is now the CEO of BPI Plumbing, has plenty of experience. Galicia discovered how to create a successful and strategic business.

Continuing to serve as a Commissioned Officer (Major) in the Army National Guard, he received various degrees and trainings in business that helped him on his path to success.

“I find a lot of satisfaction in instructing other veterans on how to become successful in their business endeavors,” he said.

After the completion of the FastTrac NewVenture program, the SBDC will continue to assist graduates through no-cost consulting services in business areas such as finance, marketing, procurement, management and much more.

Through a scholarship program with the Kaufman Foundation, a select group of eligible veterans can apply to take the entire course for free.

Regional Director Debbie Trujillo, San Diego and Imperial SBDC Regional Network, said that this is an amazing venture and a great way for the SBDC to help give back to veterans that have served our country.

“An experienced veteran teaching veterans how to succeed in creating and growing a small business is a win-win situation,” she said. “And the generosity of the Kaufman Foundation in helping veterans that do not have the financial resources to attend this valuable training is a testament to the organization and its outreach to our many returning veterans looking to expand their own horizons.”

This course will be offered at the San Diego SBDC Office, 880 National City Blvd., Suite 103, National City on Wednesdays, August 22 – October 24, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

To apply for this program or to learn more go to: fasttrac.org/veterans or call 619-482-6388. The scholarships are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

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