Brigitte Daniel

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia program seeks a diverse mix of entrepreneurs for its next session.

The 10,000 Small Businesses initiative is a training program designed to help entrepreneurs poised for growth, develop valuable skills to grow their businesses. The free program provides business owners with information about accessing financial capital and networking opportunities.

Goldman Sachs has partnered with the Community College of Philadelphia to offer the training program. June 15 is the deadline to apply for business owners to apply to be part of the next session. Classes for the next cohort will begin on September 10 at CCP. Participating business peer receive one-on-one business coaching, tap into legal and financial clinics, workshops and interact with a network of peers and experts.

For Brigitte Daniel, executive vice president of Wilco Electronic Systems, Inc. an African American-owned cable provider, participating in the initiative has been a rewarding experience.

“One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about the 10K SB program is that they think it’s a business school program. It’s not necessarily that. It’s a program that helps you grow your business,” said Daniel, who graduated from the program last December.

By tapping into the program, she honed in on expanding Wilco’s broadband services. Wilco specializes in providing technology access to underserved communities.

“Cable companies are now broadband providers and that’s what we are becoming as well,” Daniel said. “We wanted to have a growth plan that looks at that opportunity and see how we could either partner with other companies or nonprofits, and then offer those services to a wider audience in the Philadelphia area that definitely need affordable broadband Internet services.”

Daniel appreciated the peer-to-peer learning experience and interacting with the CCP faculty. She refers to the 10,000 Small Business program as one of the best training initiatives that participated throughout her career.

“This one came at a point where we really needed to look at how we can grow and still stay relevant in our marketplace,” she said.

The 10,000 Small Business program is open to entrepreneurs who demonstrate a commitment to growing their businesses and creating jobs within the community. Applicants must be owner or co-owner of a business, their business must be in operation for at least two years and have revenue of more than $150,000 and have a minimum of four employees, including the owner.

Since 2013, almost 200 entrepreneurs have benefited from the Greater Philadelphia program.

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