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Meet the Alumni

  • Peter DiStefano

    Construction South Kingston, RI 'What I enjoy most about being a small business owner is hiring people. I want to make a positive change [in] any community that we work in.' More

  • Jill Bommarito

    Food St. Claire Shores, MI 'From the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, the very biggest thing for me was being able to get out of the business and work on it. Knowing the numbers, human capital, understanding how to decrease turnover, understanding how to get people to want to work with your company, what makes your company valuable, how to communicate your vision, your mission. I never thought about those things before.' More

  • Shawn Laughlin

    Manufacturing Sherborn, MA 'As a small, domestic artisanal manufacturer, if you don’t own all the pieces of the manufacturing process, you’re going to have a hard time getting that product to market at a good price. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses gave me a framework in which to step back to do something.' More

  • Andrew Chmielewski

    Food Harrison Township, MI 'The whole 10,000 Small Businesses program is designed around finding your growth opportunities and building a plan to execute against that growth plan.' More

  • Edinson Arenas

    Candy Manufacturing Dallas, TX 'Before the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, I was just a guy running a business… The program helped me grow – not just on the business side [but also] on the personal side.' More

  • Angelica Rivera

    Construction New Orleans, LA 'If someone asks me how I got to this point in my business, I always tell them the most important thing was the 10,000 Small Businesses program.' More

  • Mary Nguyen Aregoni

    Food Chicago, IL 'This program allowed me to zone in and concentrate on what I stand for.' More

  • Enrique Torres

    Food Distribution Miami, FL 'The 10,000 Small Businesses program taught me how to manage for growth, which was exactly what we needed.' More

  • Leticia Pollock

    Specialty Coffee Miami, FL 'The 10,000 Small Businesses program is an amazing boot camp for business owners. It shows you that instead of just working in your business, you can also work on your business to make it better.' More

  • Malan Lai

    Manufacturing Los Angeles, CA 'Business has been booming since I graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. In the last year, we’ve grown 25 percent. ' More

  • Courtney McKee

    Manufacturing Butte, MT 'Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses gave me the confidence to put together a growth plan, enabling me to maintain great control over the business I run.' More

  • Carla Walker-Miller

    Energy Efficiency Solutions Detroit, MI 'Before enrolling in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, my company was growing. As a result, my company is going to skyrocket.' More

  • Amy Voloshin

    Textile Design Philadelphia, PA 'I had always wanted to go to grad school for business but there was never a good time for me to do that. 10,000 Small Businesses program was the perfect opportunity. It is a condensed, intensive program and it really fit with my schedule being a working mom.' More

  • Natalie Kaddas

    Manufacturing Salt Lake City, UT 'The 'being bankable' module has helped me the most. Teaching me how to focus on bringing all the pieces of our Growth Plan together and present to a bank, or potential customer. This has helped my confidence grow in many different areas.' More

  • Rhys Powell

    Food Services New York, NY 'Immediately after graduating, I felt the confidence that I could walk into Red Rabbit and lead my growing number of employees – that I owe to the 10,000 Small Businesses program.' More

  • Monica Green

    Beauty South Euclid, OH '10,000 Small Businesses helped me focus on working on my business not in my business. It also gave me the confidence to know I can make my vision come to pass. I would recommend the program to every entrepreneur.' More

  • Maria Rios

    Waste Removal Houston, TX 'Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses was an eye-opener for me. The program really helps you refocus and gives you practical skills that you can implement right away.' More

  • Jason Horne

    Martial Arts Instruction New Orleans, LA 'The spirit and motivation of my staff has increased. I am working in the business less and on the business more.' More

  • Miguel Guajardo

    Construction/Engineering Long Beach, CA 'Going through the program has opened my eyes to a lot of new ways of thinking. I learned how to improve pricing, negotiating, delegating and leadership. ' More