On May 19, 2017 Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Goldman Sachs and leadership from Harold Washington College to celebrate the 17th class of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) program at the City Colleges of Chicago. During the ceremony the company reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the program that provides crucial education, business support services and access to capital to small businesses across Chicago beyond its initial five-year timeline.
“This program gives our neighborhood businesses the expert guidance and tools they need to create economic opportunities that reach every corner of Chicago,” Mayor Emanuel said. “I look forward to seeing this program continue and help even more of Chicago’s small businesses grow and thrive for years to come.”
Since launching in 2012 the program has reached more than 480 businesses in Chicago. The 30 businesses that graduated represent a variety of industries ranging from food service, to web services to architectural services as represented by April Hughes of HPZS.
“It was an honor and privilege to have been accepted into the program, and it provided me and my business with a fantastic platform for growth. Since joining the program we’ve developed an aggressive five-year growth plan, and I look forward to building the business, and adding to our cohesive team of talented professionals interested in building a culture of inclusiveness and creativity,” noted Hughes.
Graduates of 10KSB have had an unmistakable impact on the local economy. In total, alumni of the Chicago program represent half a billion dollars in local revenue and support more than 8,000 jobs across the region.
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To apply to become a Goldman Sachs 10kSB Scholar, click here.