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Small Business Owner? Get the Support You Need to Expand

This article appeared in a February 2016 issue of the student newsletter. 

Do you know someone who is a small business owner? Small business owners who want to learn more about managing and expanding their businesses — and about hiring great employees — are invited to apply for the Goldman-Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The deadline to register is Feb. 9. 

Teaching small businesses how to run their companies more efficiently and providing capital to support their efforts are key components of the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative created by Goldman Sachs, an internationally-known finance corporation.  In May 2014, the 10,000 Small Businesses program came to Dallas-Fort Worth – and the DCCCD delivers courses for the initiative through the Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development at El Centro College. 

The 10,000 Small Businesses initiative seeks out community colleges like DCCCD to deliver its education component of the program because they are at the center of economic development and they are accessible to many people who are in need. 

The program involves three key components: business and management education; access to capital; and business services.  The business education classes are designed to help small business owners develop a business growth plan to help them increase revenues and hire new employees.  The course modules include: “You and Your Business”; “Growth and Opportunities”; “Money and Metrics”; “You Are the Leader”; “It’s the People”; “Marketing and Selling”; “Operations and Processes”; “Being Bankable”; and “Action for Growth” (two parts).  The 100-hour curriculum is taught in 11 sessions. 

Other local DFW partners in the program with DCCCD and Goldman Sachs are LiftFund and PeopleFund; those two institutions will use funds from the program to make loans to small business owners in the area.


10,000 Small Businesses
Dallas County Community College District,
El Centro College @ Bill J. Priest
1402 Corinth St., Suite 119
Dallas, TX 75215
Attention: Cristin Thomas
Phone: 214-860-5798