IC² to offer second FASTFORWARD small business training program


FASTFORWARD is a 10-week training program developed by the IC² Institute for Austin-based small businesses designed to accelerate business growth and maximize profit. Following the success of the 2016 edition, IC² and the City of Austin are excited to offer a second FASTFORWARD course starting in fall 2017.


Small business owners struggle to find the time, resources, and guidance to maximize growth opportunities. This hands-on program guides small business owners to:

  • Identify new business opportunities and revenue streams
  • Differentiate brand message, product, and delivery strategy for more effective reach
  • Develop financial models to enhance growth and funding opportunities
  • Increase the scale of their business

What makes this program different?

We understand your challenges! The FASTFORWARD Program brings entrepreneurs proven strategy for accelerating business growth, access to new sales channels, mentor resources, and peer-to-peer community. Watch a local business owner share her experience.

Information sessions

  • Monday, June 19 – 6:00 to 7:30 PM – please register
    Location: IC² Institute, 2815 San Gabriel St., Austin, TX 78705
  • Tuesday, June 20 – 3:00 to 4:00 PM
    Location: Economic Growth Business Incubator, 1144 Airport Blvd. Suite 260, Austin, Texas 78702
  • Wednesday, June 21 – 2:00 to 3:00 PM – please register
    Location: Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, 8001 Centre Park Drive #160, Austin, TX 78754
  • Wednesday, August 16 – 6:00 to 7:00 PM
    Location: IC² Institute, 2815 San Gabriel St., Austin, TX 78705

Important dates

  • Friday, June 30: application deadlineapply now
  • Tuesday, September 12: FASTFORWARD training begins

How to apply

See full program details on the City of Austin Small Business Program website, then apply online by the June 30, 2017 deadline.


“You’ll gain not only knowledge of your business and customer’s needs, but also a strong feeling of empowerment and enthusiasm. The FASTForward teachers and mentors are exceptional resources for business development, and I can’t speak highly enough of their commitment and support for your success.” – Lian Amber, BASSBOSS

“FASTForward is definitely worth the cost of the program. Honestly, I found this program to be priceless!” – Kristen Fields, mmmpanadas

“…the relationships that you build with your peers in the class, the additional mentors and other industry leaders are invaluable.” – Bianca Neal, ReRoute Music Group


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June 2, 2017