Do you know someone who is a small business owner? Small business owners who want to learn more about managing and expanding their businesses — and about hiring great employees — are invited to apply for the Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Small Businesses Help the Economy and Community
Teaching small businesses how to run their companies more efficiently and providing capital to support their efforts are key components of the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative created by Goldman Sachs, an internationally-known finance corporation. In May 2014, the 10,000 Small Businesses program came to Dallas-Fort Worth – and the Dallas County Community College District, which delivers courses for the initiative through the Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development.
The 10,000 Small Businesses initiative seeks out community colleges like DCCCD to deliver its education component of the program because they are at the center of economic development and they are accessible to many people who are in need.
What Small Business Owners Can Get Help With
The program involves three key components: business and management education; access to capital; and business services. The business education classes are designed to help small business owners develop a business growth plan to help them increase revenues and hire new employees. The course modules include: “You and Your Business,” “Growth and Opportunities,” “Money and Metrics,” “You Are the Leader,” “It’s the People,” “Marketing and Selling,” “Operations and Processes,” “Being Bankable,” and “Action for Growth” (two parts). The 100-hour curriculum is taught in sessions within a four-month period.
What Alumni Are Saying About 10,000 Small Businesses
For Harry Clincy, one of the biggest takeaways from the program is that “it transforms you as a leader and the way you run your business. It helps you realize opportunities that you couldn’t even fathom before.” He added, “I have learned how to effectively identify and evaluate opportunities for business growth as well as risk.”
Clincy enrolled in the program six years after launching his company, ACU Construction, once he learned of its value for entrepreneurs. ACU Construction started with just three people and has since grown to six full-time employees and 10 to 15 subcontractors. Clincy credits the program with teaching him about leading with vision and values and their importance to building a healthy, long-lasting business.
You can also find out what other 10,000 Small Businesses alumni in the Texas area are saying about the program through the following videos:
Based in Dallas, Azteca Mexican Candy is a family owned and operated company which makes six varieties of traditional Mexican sweets.
Based in Pilot Point, Sturm Welding has been providing north Texas residents with welding and metal fabrication services since 1952.
This program is offered each semester with different start dates and application deadlines for each session. Interested? Don’t delay…
Questions About the 10,000 Small Businesses Program?
10,000 Small Businesses
Dallas County Community College District,
1402 Corinth St., Suite 119
Dallas, TX 75215
Attention: Adrienne Thompson