News Release -- Mayor Warren Launches ROC City Biz FastTrac Program to Support Aspiring Small Business Owners

City of Rochester

News Release 

Space available in first class of new ‘entrepreneur academy’

(Friday, March 12, 2021) --
Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that spaces are still available for the inaugural class of ROC City Biz FastTrac, a 10-week entrepreneurship academy, which starts Tuesday, March 16.

“As we continue looking for ways to grow Rochester’s economy, we recognize that not all of our residents want to be employees and would rather be their own boss,” said Mayor Warren. “ROC City Biz FastTrac will help those who want to own their own business avoid common mistakes of the startup and set the stage for a successful opening and long term growth. Supporting entrepreneurs increases access to opportunities, advances the goals of the Equity and Recovery Agenda and helps us create more jobs, safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities.”

ROC City Biz FastTrac is a training program designed to help those who have a goal of owning their own business navigate the critical first steps of opening a commercial enterprise with coaches, expert speakers and peer support. Participants who complete the program will be eligible to apply for grant funding, obtain technical assistance and have access to Rochester’s business support ecosystem, Nexus i90.

The program was developed by Dr. dt ogilvie, Mayor Warren’s senior advisor on economic development and urban entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Rochester Economic Development Corp. It is based on a curriculum created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation with Rochester-specific enhancements and considerations. Other supporters include the Urban League of Rochester; Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County and the Greater Works Collaborative.

The cost for the program is $25, with some financial aid available, depending on circumstances. Classes will be provided in a virtual format.

Those wishing to apply for one of the few remaining spots in the first class are encouraged to send an email to by 5 p.m. Monday, March 15.


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