I constantly hear from business owners that there is no help for the small businessman. I am involved with a few entities that are of immense help to small business owners. SCORE, the SBDC and the WBCLDC in Staten Island are great ways for burgeoning businesses to get a leg up when starting a business or trying to refresh an old one, but what about entrepreneurs that are poised for growth and are looking to take off? Have you been in a growing business for two or more years, but want it to grow faster?  If you're willing to learn and make a commitment to growing your business, I might have the perfect solution for you.

I was recently at the SIEDC Show at the Hilton Hotel in Staten Island, and a friend, Evelyn Rogers from A Taste of Honey introduced me to a gentleman that worked at LaGuardia Community College Continuing Education.  Paisley Demby, a Business Services Director for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses gave me an overview on their services.  I am active in the Staten Island business community, and I'm always looking for new ways to help my business colleagues grow. Paisley introduced me to a program that all small business owners should know about.  Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 Million program to help small businesses in the United States grow and create jobs. This course teaches business owners how to:

  • Overcome barriers to growth
  • Create a business growth plan
  • Find and evaluate business opportunities
  • Strengthen their financial acumen
  • Learn about government contracting opportunities
  • Human resource development
  • Improve sales and marketing

The program benefits also include business support services, that consists of one-on-one business advise, networking opportunities and technical assistance for critical business issues. The course can help entrepreneurs to prepare their companies to access capital through partners and capital providers.  Your businesses must meet certain criteria. they need to be poised for growth with gross revenue of 150,000-4,000,000 in the last year.

The program I was introduced to is currently operating in NY. I understand there are also programs in Chicago, Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles and New Orleans. The curriculum includes orientation on entrepreneurial skill sets, growth planning and business assistance resources.  The second module includes growth and opportunities, comprised of exploring different strategies for growing a successful small business. There is a module on leadership styles and strategies. The fifth module is on human resource management, followed by marketing and selling. Next you'll learn how to be bankable. After that you'll learn how to grow your business through operations and how to successfully implement your growth plan. The last module helps business owners to use mentors advisory boards and consultants to help them grow their business instead of relying on themselves for new strategies. It all comes together at the end where you present your growth plan and receive feedback and guidance on how to implement the strategies you've created.

I've heard enough griping that there's no help for business owners: there's plenty of help, but it won't walk through your front door.  You have to go out and get it. If you are in NY and want to know more, go to www.laguardia.edu/10ksb and take action. Cease the day!

For More Info:

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
LaGuardia Community College
29-10 Thomson Avenue,

9th Flr Room C911B
Long Island City, NY 11101

718.730.7400 – Main

718.609.2017 – Fax