Addressing barriers to growth for small businesses.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of education, capital, and support services best addresses barriers to growth for small businesses. Launched in 2009, 10,000 Small Businesses has graduated over 9,700 growth-minded small businesses nationwide.
The 10,000 Small Businesses program currently operates in Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Detroit, Houston, Iowa, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Miami, New Hampshire, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Rhode Island and Salt Lake City. The program is also available to business owners across the country through the National Cohort which has reached businesses from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. The National Cohort is delivered through a combination of in-person and online learning twice annually to businesses who are located beyond reasonable driving distance of the local programs.
10,000 Small Businesses UK
After extensive research, Goldman Sachs also launched the 10,000 Small Businesses UK program, designed to provide high-quality, practical education and business support to leaders of high-growth small businesses and social enterprises across the United Kingdom. The program is designed by leading experts and is run in partnership with the Saïd Business School at Oxford University, the Aston Centre for Growth at Aston University and Leeds University Business School at University of Leeds.
In addition, 10,000 Women is a global initiative that fosters economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs with a business and management education, mentoring and networking, and access to capital. The initiative has reached more than 10,000 women from 56 countries through its access to business education program, and 53,000 women in 33 countries through its access to capital program. In 2018 the program’s curriculum was made available online on the Coursera platform, creating access to a free business education for more women entrepreneurs across the world. To date, participants have engaged with the online course from more than 170 countries.