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October 7, 2008: Business Coach Prafulla Pande poised to help grow small businesses; Achieves Kauffman Foundation FastTrac® credentials. Prafulla Pande, Technology Business Consultant for the Michigan Small Business Technology Development Center (MI-SBTDC), has been certified by the nationally-recognized FastTrac® program to offer guidance and resources to start-up companies in order to help their businesses succeed.

Pande has coached existing business for over five years and joined the MI-SBTDC as a consultant with a desire to help start-up businesses. This new powerful affiliation will further enable him to help build and diversify Michigan’s economy.

“This is a great opportunity to help the budding entrepreneurs in Michigan translate their ideas into business that can create jobs for our state,” said Pande. “Coaching people to create successful businesses has been my passion for years, and now working as a consultant for the Michigan Center and as a certified FastTrac® facilitator adds yet another dimension to it.”

About the FastTrac® Program - The FastTrac® program, funded and supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, is a practical, hands-on business development program designed to help entrepreneurs hone the skills needed to create, manage and grow a successful business, and make necessary critical decisions. Participants don’t just learn about business, they live it. They work on their own business ideas or venture through the program – moving their ideas to reality or new levels of growth. In addition, FastTrac® is a network connecting like-minded entrepreneurs who share ideas to support each others’ business success. More than 200,000 aspiring and existing entrepreneurs have been reached through FastTrac programs in the U.S. since 1993.  For more information, visit www.fasttrac.org.

About the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation – The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation was established in the late 1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Based in Kansas City, MO, the Kauffman Foundation is the 30th largest foundation in the U.S. with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. Its vision is to foster “a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.” For more information, visit www.kauffman.org.

About the MI-SBTDC – The Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center enhances Michigan’s economic well-being by providing counseling, training, research and advocacy for new ventures, existing small businesses and innovative technology companies. Headquartered at Grand Valley State University, the MI-SBTDC supports 12 regional offices and more than 30 satellite offices throughout Michigan’s 83 counties through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, visit www.misbtdc.org