Congratulations to the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses graduates
The inaugural cohort of Dayton’s Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses program graduated last week — congrats, founders!
The 15 week-long program teaches small business owners how to scale, from how to lead and hire, to how to prepare financial documents to seek funding, to how to marketing, sales & operations tactics. Originally slated to be delivered in person, the workshops went virtual this year in light of COVID.
The program is free to participants — a roughly $7,500 value per business owner, said Kandise Bobo, workforce development manager at Sinclair Community College. Sinclair administered the Goldman Sachs program, which Kandise previously described as a “crash course MBA.”
According to national program statistics, 67 percent of these business owners increase revenues & 47 percent of these owners create new jobs within 6 months of completing the program.
Graduating the first cohort were:
- Olatokunbo Awashakin, CivicLife International
- Gail Johnson, Cognitians
- Dan McBride, Insignia Display Signs
- Errin Siske, Spark Space Creative LLC
- Leslie Edmunds, Clem&Thyme Nutrition
- Dabriah Rice, Divine Catering & Events
- Lauren White, Indigo Life
- Daniel Cyphers, Skyward, Ltd.
- Timothy DeHart, AAA Wastewater
- Lana Rucks, The Rucks Group, LLC
- Clarece Richardson, Rich Taste Catering Co.
- Margery Murphy, Acadia Lead Management Services
- Palmer Jason, Good Shepherd Academy
- Cynthia Stemple, Coffee Hub Xenia, LLC
- Helaine Wilson, HumbleBee Childcare Services, Inc.
Applications are open for next year’s cohort, slated to begin May 17, 2021. Applicants should be owners or co-owners of a business that has been in operation for at least two years, made at least $75K in revenue in the most recent fiscal year, and has at least four employees (including the owner). These employees do not have to be full-time. Most important, Kandise emphasized, is a desire to grow the business.