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The five-part, in-person program will be held in Sherwood but is open to all those who are interested.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Sherwood Chamber of Commerce will be the site of an in-depth Kauffman FastTrac Entrepreneurship Training Program in Sherwood beginning Monday, July 25. The program is being hosted by both the chamber and Sherwoods Economic Development Office.Sherwood's Economic Development Office and the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce will host the Kauffman FastTrac Entrepreneurship Training Program in Sherwood beginning Monday, July 25.

The comprehensive program, which will be held at the Sherwood Chamber office, is designed to help establish and grow businesses from an initial idea to a successful launch.

The five-part, in-person program will help new prospective "Main Street-type" businesses as well as existing entrepreneurs who are looking for additional support and assistance for their business.

The classes come from a partnership between the city government, the Sherwood Chamber, the National League of Cities, the Kauffman Foundation and Portland Community College.

"The chamber is excited to work in collaboration with the City and National League of Cities to offer this important program. We hope this program is one of many opportunities for our businesses as we strive to support businesses and build community," said Renee Brouse, executive director of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce.

All area business entrepreneurs are welcome, according to Bruce Coleman, Sherwood's economic development director.

Classes run 5 to 8 p.m. on the following Mondays: July 25, Aug. 1, Aug. 8, Aug. 15, Aug. 22, Aug. 22, Aug. 29, Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 3 and Oct. 10.

They will be held at the chamber's Old Town office, 16273 S.W. Railroad St.

The class enrollment deadline is 5 p.m. July 18.

Because of a grant from the National League of Cities, the cost of the classes is only $25.

"Sherwood is focused on encouraging the growth of new startup small businesses to support our families and community as a whole," said Coleman. "This program will help new entrepreneurs explore and pursue their business ideas and create their own profitable businesses as well as existing entrepreneurs to fine-tune their businesses."

For more information, contact Brouse at 503-625-7800 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Coleman at 503-625-4206 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


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