Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program: Accepting Applications NOW!

Eligible Louisiana Restaurant Association members encouraged to apply today!

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Delgado Community College is a practical business management education program that gives entrepreneurs valuable skills for growing their business, the opportunity to access financial capital, powerful networking opportunities and more -- at absolutely no cost to participants. 

LRA member Phil de Gruy, owner of Phil's Grill in Metairie, knew that participating in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program would be an investment in his business's future. He was right! The knowledge de Gruy gained from the intensive business program has helped him maximize his restaurant's position in the market, manage his finances for greater profitability, and develop a more accountable and customer-focused workforce.

Small business owners selected to participate receive one-on-one business advising from dedicated professionals to help develop a tailored plan for growth. The program provides expert advice and technical assistance through partnership with national and local business organizations, professional services firms, and the people of Goldman Sachs.

"Being able to identify areas I needed to work on and take steps to put my business on track for growth was an invaluable product of my participation in the program," said de Gruy. "I learned the difference between running a restaurant and running a business."

10,000 Small Businesses graduates learn to translate the knowledge they garner from the program into increased revenue and job growth. The curriculum focuses on practical business skills that can immediately be applied by owners, including accounting, negotiating, marketing, and human resource management.
In partnership with Delgado Community College, the program is designed for owners of small businesses who:
  • generate annual revenues between $150,000 and $4 million
  • have been in business for at least two years
  • employ at least four people, including themselves (full-time, part-time and contractors)
  • operate a business that is poised for growth.
APPLY NOW!  Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Delgado Community College is currently accepting applications for 2013 classes beginning in July and November. To be considered for either cohort, please submit your completed application on or before Monday, April 29, 2013.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Accepted applicants receive a full scholarship from Delgado Community college, which is funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation. HOPE Enterprise Corporation has partnered with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses to provide loans to qualifying small businesses.

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