Thousands of small business owners from across the US who are alumni of the 10,000 Small Businesses program participated in the 10,000 Small Businesses Summit: The Big Power of Small Business, the largest-ever gathering of small business owners in the US focused on charting a path to help small businesses grow and compete successfully, on February 13 and 14, 2018 in Washington, DC.


The Summit participants heard from industry leaders and experts about optimizing business growth—from best practices for effective hiring and accessing capital, to lessons for leadership, leveling the playing field, and more—and they met with key policymakers to share their perspectives and elevate their voices. The two-day event provided opportunities to network, learn, and meet thousands of fellow 10,000 Small Businesses alumni from around the country.

Learn more about the 10,000 Small Businesses program

Industry leaders, experts and policy makers like these joined participants during two days of interactive programming.

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Sir Richard Branson

Founder, Virgin Group

Sara Blakely

Founder and CEO, SPANX, INC.

Tyler Perry

Founder, Tyler Perry Studios

Jo Malone MBE

Founder and Creative Director, Jo Loves

Michael R. Bloomberg

Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies

Lisa Price

Founder, Carol’s Daughter

Lloyd Blankfein

Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs

Warren Buffett

Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

Videos: Meet the Small Business Owners

Our program graduates share their experiences with the 10,000 Small Businesses program and discuss why they will be attending the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Summit in Washington, DC.

Meet the Owner: Natalie Kaddas

Natalie is CEO of Kaddas Enterprises, a Utah-based plastics manufacturer. She has expanded her business into international markets.

Meet the Owner: Enrique Torres

Since participating in the 10,000 Small Businesses program, Enrique's Miami-based company, Excellent Fruit and Produce, has grown revenues and hired new employees.

Meet the Owner: Mary Aregoni

Mary talks about her restaurant, Saigon Sisters, in Chicago and how she learned to focus on a growth plan to open more locations in the future.

Meet the Owner: Rhys Powell

Rhys is the founder of Red Rabbit, which provides farm-fresh healthy meals to over 100 schools in the New York metropolitan area. Since graduating 10,000 Small Businesses, Rhys has hired 110 new employees and quadrupled his revenues.

Meet the Owner: Ellen McNulty-Brown

Ellen is the CEO of Lotuff Leather, a company that makes high-quality handmade leather bags in Providence, Rhode Island. Since the program, she has been able to increase revenues and output, as well as implement operational efficiencies.

Meet the Owner: Jan Desper Peters

Jan Desper Peters is the President of Higher Ground Transportation Services, a transportation company in Baltimore, Maryland. The 10,000 Small Businesses program has helped her focus on finding opportunities for growth.