Small Business.
Big Voice.

July 18-20 | Washington, DC

On July 18-20, more than 2,500 alumni from the 10,000 Small Businesses program gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 10,000 Small Businesses Summit. See the Summit's featured speakers.

The Summit was the largest-ever gathering of small business owners in the U.S., designed to celebrate and drive their resilience and economic impact, while providing opportunities for them to advocate for their needs.

Over the course of three days, small business owners gained insights from business leaders, visionaries, policymakers and each other on best practices for business growth, hiring, accessing capital and more as they continue to power the nation’s economy and employ the majority of America’s workforce.

2022 Summit Highlights

Listen to the Podcast 
Small Business Owners Pivot from Challenges to Opportunities 
In this episode of Exchanges at Goldman Sachs, recorded at the summit, Asahi Pompey, president of Goldman Sachs Foundation, and Joe Wall, a managing director in the Office of Government Affairs, joined host Allison Nathan and two small business owners, Natalie Kaddas and Merv Cutler, to talk about the crucial tests they’re facing – and the opportunities they see. 

10,000 Small Businesses alumni gather at Nationals Park to meet with policymakers.

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See small business owners, featured speakers and policy makers at the Summit

10,000 Small Businesses alumni had the opportunity to learn from leading business visionaries, grow their network of fellow entrepreneurs, and use their voices to advocate with lawmakers about the policies affecting them.

Sari Wiaz on Exploring New Sourcing Opportunities. Sari Wiaz is a graduate of the 10000 Small Businesses program

Hear From Small Business Owners
Our Pivot series explores the ways in which small business owners have found creative solutions to economic challenges. Live from the Summit, 10,000 Small Businesses graduates discuss labor shortages, rising costs, and the importance of partnership and community. 

Part 1: Pivoting During the Pandemic

Part 2: Small Business Owners Get Creative Amid Supply Chain Delays, Rising Costs

Part 3: Small Business Owners Find Community and a Voice Amid Crises

Explore More Small Business Insights

Survey | Small Business Challenges Worsen Amid Record Inflation and Workforce Shortages

Article | Small Businesses Are Braving a Stormy Outlook; Policymakers Should Follow Their Lead

Infographic | Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni, From Our 2022 Impact Report


Featured Speakers

10,000 Small Businesses Summit speakers include industry leaders, experts and policy makers.

Aman Bhutani

CEO, GoDaddy

Richard Bliss

Faculty, Babson College

Michael Bloomberg

Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies

Melissa Bradley

Co-founder, Ureeka and Managing Partner, 1863 Ventures

Warren Buffett

Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway

George W. Bush

43rd President of the United States

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin

D-MD, Chair, Senate Small Business Committee

Ann Colgin

Founder and Co-CEO, Colgin Cellars

Adam Grant

Wharton Organizational Psychologist and Author, Think Again

Emma Grede

Co-Founder and CEO, Good American

Rebecca Minkoff

Founder and Chief Creative Officer, REBECCAMINKOFF

Gwyneth Paltrow

CEO and Founder, goop

Chris Paul

NBA Player and Olympian, Twelve-Time All-Star and Two-Time Gold Medalist

Jackie Reses

Chief Executive Officer, Post House Capital, Chairwoman, Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Co-author, Self-Made Boss

Ryan Reynolds

Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, and Entrepreneur

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio


Brian Rudolph

Co-Founder and CEO, Banza

Marcus Samuelsson

Chef, Author, TV Personality, and Restaurateur

U.S. Senator Tim Scott


U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema


Katie Sturino


Mori Taheripour

Faculty, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

Alli Webb

Founder, Drybar

Lauren Weinberg

CMO of Square, Co-author of Self Made Boss

The Impact of 10,000 Small Businesses


750 million dollars invested to help small businesses across the U.S. 1200 plus meetings hosted with elected officials since 2020. To date, 1.6 billion dollars deployed through CDFIs and other mission-driven lenders, across 37,000+ small businesses loans. 12800 plus small businesses equipped with best-in-class business training program, spanning all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.



10,000 Small Businesses in Action

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Jan Desper Peters
Higher Ground Transportation, Inc.
Bowie, MD

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Lisa Gutierrez
Dos Hermanos
Columbus, OH

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Kelvin Gary
Body Space Fitness
New York City, NY

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