100% Funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation – $0 Cost to Participants

96% Completion Rate

12 Weeks of Intensive Learning, Networking, and Mentorship

10 Hours Per Week of
In-Class Instruction

19 Program Locations
(18 Local + 1 National)

Our Curriculum

Over the course of the program, small business owners will gain the skills needed to recognize new opportunities, embrace practices that increase business growth, and ultimately develop a customized growth plan for their business.

Topics Include

Vision & Strategy

Create opportunities for business growth through innovation and identifying viable new business concepts.

Money & Metrics

Understand financial and operational realities and forecasting methods to plan and monitor growth.

Leadership & Results

Learn how personal leadership styles influence your team and business, and ways to enhance your leadership skills.

Management & Hiring

Determine the practices for recruiting, hiring, mentoring talent, and developing a positive culture that reflects your values and goals.

Marketing & Sales

Learn the fundamentals of marketing including identifying the target segment/customer, and then developing an effective strategy (e.g., digital marketing, social media, etc.) to reach them.

Operations & Technology

Evaluate your current processes and use technology to improve efficiency and profitability.

Planning & Forecasting

Assess the predictable and unpredictable problems associated with growing a business.

Clinics Include

Financial Statements

Learn how your financial statements are created and apply simple tools to evaluate performance.

You are the Lender

Review small business loan applications to understand red flags and see the necessary financial documents.


Practice true negotiation dynamics and develop effective strategies to create value through collaboration

Legal Considerations

Meet with local attorneys and discuss the many various legal challenges facing small businesses today.

Alumni Testimonials

“We’re more strategic now about how we expand. We have a process map for growth in place that we didn’t have in place before.”

Izaah Knox

Urban Dreams
Des Moines, IA

“Everything is happening so fast since completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. I love waking up, thinking about the business… what’s my next step?”

Robin Holmes

Deddle’s Donuts
Pikesville, MD

“Obstacles, to me, are challenges that I’m going to have every day. The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program helped me to meet those challenges and take them head on.”

Suzanne Foley

Port City Pretzels
Portsmouth, NH

“The program showed me – nobody else knows all this stuff either. We’re all asking questions, we’re all trying to figure it out.”

Jenny Steffensmeier

Steffensmeier Welding & Manufacturing
Pilot Grove, IA

Next Steps?

Apply now for the 10,000 Small Businesses program or contact us to learn more.