Active military and military veterans who would like to start or grow their own businesses can take advantage of a 10-week class offered in National City.

The class is free, as are the books for the class.

Classes kick off Aug. 22 and will be held every Wednesday for 10 weeks. All classes run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the San Diego Small Business Development Center, 880 National City Blvd., Suite 103 in National City.

Classes are held through the Kauffman FastTrac program and the San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center Network.

Applicants will be asked to show a military identification card or a discharge certificate (Form DD 214) on the first day of class.

Applicants must also have an idea for a business or be operating an existing business.

Information on the class is available by visiting, or by calling one of two numbers: 877-450-9800 or 619-482-6391.

The Kansas City, Mo.-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation sponsors the classes. Kauffman, who died in 1993, founded Marion Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company. Merrell Dow bought the business in 1989.