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Babson’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program Graduates First Baltimore Class


Join Babson and Goldman Sachs for the 10,000 Small Businesses Celebration on August 2, 2017 at 1PM ET on Facebook Live for the inaugural graduation of the program in Baltimore with commencement speeches from Babson President Kerry Healey, Lloyd Blankfein, Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Mayor Pugh and more.

Babson’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of education, capital, and support services best addresses barriers to growth for small businesses.

10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) is guided by an advisory council on which Babson President Kerry Healey serves, and is co-chaired by Goldman Sachs chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein; Bloomberg L.P. founder, president, and CEO, and 108th Mayor of the City of New York Michael R. Bloomberg; Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett; and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City’s Michael Porter. The National Urban League and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce also are represented on the council, among other groups.

Launched in 2009, the 10KSB Initiative has hit the 5,000 small-businesses mark. The program has rapidly grown to include 12 sites at community colleges throughout the United States, and the 13th site, the National Blended Learning Cohort, has reached its target of 150 small-business owners per cohort, graduating 300 businesses a year. Four thousand small businesses have graduated from the program, providing new job opportunities by growing their businesses and hiring new employees.