T.R.A.I.N. puts small businesses on track to success

Angel Fitzpatrick | Feb 15, 2018

Adult and Continuing Education (ACE), the non-credit division of North Central Texas College, invites small business owners in the Justin area in need of training and other resources to hop on board the ACE T.R.A.I.N. Wednesday, February 21, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Justin Economic Development Corporation located at 117 West 4th St. in Justin.

T.R.A.I.N. stands for Training and Resources Advancing Industry Needs. “We saw a need in the counties we serve for a ‘one-stop shop’ to provide training solutions and resources to small businesses,” said Dean of Adult and Continuing Education Jessica Carlile, “and we have partnered with several organizations that can help provide many of those resources for qualifying small businesses.” Those organizations include Texas Workforce Skills for Small Business, the Texas Veterans Commission, Workforce Solutions North Central Texas and North Central Texas Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Small business owners who stop by Wednesday’s inaugural T.R.A.I.N. event will receive information on how ACE and its partners can help create customized training programs, find skilled employees and even obtain grant funding to cover the costs associated with training and development programs. Funding is available through the Texas Workforce Skills for Small Business grant, designed for businesses with fewer than 100 employees. T.R.A.I.N. staff will be on hand to assist these businesses in applying for the grant, discussing multiple customized training programs and designating a training coordinator who will work with each business from conception to completion of the grant and training process.

Brad Bunt, director of North Central Texas SBDC, is excited to be a part of the inaugural T.R.A.I.N. event. “We are looking forward to working with the Justin EDC, T.R.A.I.N. partners and the community to create a real economic impact through business expansion and job creation in Justin and beyond,” said Bunt.

Justin Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Shani Ihnfeldt echoes Bunt’s excitement. “I’m pleased that we will be partnering with NCTC Adult and Continuing Education and other great organizations as host city for this inaugural event,” Ihnfeldt said. “Developing critical workforce training opportunities and talent for Justin employers is crucial to attracting and retaining a qualified workforce, bringing in new business and taking existing businesses to a new level.”