Meet the Alumni

  • Peter DiStefano

    Construction South Kingston, RI 'What I enjoy most about being a small business owner is hiring people. I want to make a positive change [in] any community that we work in.' More

  • Jill Bommarito

    Food St. Claire Shores, MI 'From the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, the very biggest thing for me was being able to get out of the business and work on it. Knowing the numbers, human capital, understanding how to decrease turnover, understanding how to get people to want to work with your company, what makes your company valuable, how to communicate your vision, your mission. I never thought about those things before.' More

  • Shawn Laughlin

    Manufacturing Sherborn, MA 'As a small, domestic artisanal manufacturer, if you don’t own all the pieces of the manufacturing process, you’re going to have a hard time getting that product to market at a good price. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses gave me a framework in which to step back to do something.' More

  • Andrew Chmielewski

    Food Harrison Township, MI 'The whole 10,000 Small Businesses program is designed around finding your growth opportunities and building a plan to execute against that growth plan.' More

  • Edinson Arenas

    Candy Manufacturing Dallas, TX 'Before the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, I was just a guy running a business… The program helped me grow – not just on the business side [but also] on the personal side.' More

  • Shawn Dollar

    Welding Dallas, TX 'I learned in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program that I could delegate my work to other people, train them, trust them, and empower them to make decisions.' More

  • Jay Nix

    Food New Orleans, LA 'The 10,000 Small Businesses program gave me the courage and knowledge to take educated risks in order to grow.' More

  • Angelica Rivera

    Construction New Orleans, LA 'If someone asks me how I got to this point in my business, I always tell them the most important thing was the 10,000 Small Businesses program.' More

  • Mary Nguyen Aregoni

    Food Chicago, IL 'This program allowed me to zone in and concentrate on what I stand for.' More

  • Johnny Scheff

    Motorcycling Chicago, IL 'The market, the opportunity, was all there. I just needed to access the capital to get after it, and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program gave me the tools and the knowledge to access that capital.' More

  • Enrique Torres

    Food Distribution Miami, FL 'The 10,000 Small Businesses program taught me how to manage for growth, which was exactly what we needed.' More

  • Leticia Pollock

    Specialty Coffee Miami, FL 'The 10,000 Small Businesses program is an amazing boot camp for business owners. It shows you that instead of just working in your business, you can also work on your business to make it better.' More

  • Malan Lai

    Manufacturing Los Angeles, CA 'Business has been booming since I graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. In the last year, we’ve grown 25 percent. ' More

  • Courtney McKee

    Manufacturing Butte, MT 'Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses gave me the confidence to put together a growth plan, enabling me to maintain great control over the business I run.' More

  • Steven Pierce

    Health & Fitness Detroit, MI 'Prior to participating in Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, my business ran like a mom and pop shop. Now, my business is run like a corporation.' More

  • Carla Walker-Miller

    Energy Efficiency Solutions Detroit, MI 'Before enrolling in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, my company was growing. As a result, my company is going to skyrocket.' More

  • Amy Voloshin

    Textile Design Philadelphia, PA 'I had always wanted to go to grad school for business but there was never a good time for me to do that. 10,000 Small Businesses program was the perfect opportunity. It is a condensed, intensive program and it really fit with my schedule being a working mom.' More

  • David Hegenbarth

    Custom Gear Manufacturer Cleveland, OH 'The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program has helped me to focus on growing the business in an organized way, instead of just reacting and surviving. We have a plan and are working on projects that will ensure future growth. ' More

  • Michael Brown

    Construction Philadelphia, PA 'I have all the tools to take an opportunity and decide whether it’s something that’s going to be profitable or not for my business. I learned through the 10,000 Small Businesses program how to take the company to the next level.' More

  • Natalie Kaddas

    Manufacturing Salt Lake City, UT 'The 'being bankable' module has helped me the most. Teaching me how to focus on bringing all the pieces of our Growth Plan together and present to a bank, or potential customer. This has helped my confidence grow in many different areas.' More

  • Nick Evans

    Manufacturing Salt Lake City, UT '10,000 Small Businesses gave me the tools to grow my business in an atmosphere that was perfect for a small business owner. It was everything I wanted out of an MBA without all the things that I didn’t need. The time commitment and curriculum fit my needs perfectly.' More

  • Rhys Powell

    Food Services New York, NY 'Immediately after graduating, I felt the confidence that I could walk into Red Rabbit and lead my growing number of employees – that I owe to the 10,000 Small Businesses program.' More

  • Monica Green

    Beauty South Euclid, OH '10,000 Small Businesses helped me focus on working on my business not in my business. It also gave me the confidence to know I can make my vision come to pass. I would recommend the program to every entrepreneur.' More

  • Patricia Setlock

    Manufacturing Cleveland, OH 'The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program provided me with the tools I needed to launch a new product and double the size of our company.' More

  • Carmen Maldonado

    Food Chicago, IL 'I didn't realize the power of the La Criolla brand until I participated in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. It opened my eyes to the potential for my company, reinvigorated me and gave me new ideas to implement with my team.' More

  • Simone Bruni

    Construction New Orleans, LA 'A successful business isn't just creative ideas. It is logistics, cash flow, people and systems. The 10,000 Small Businesses program taught me how to turn my creativity into practicality.' More

  • Vincent Nwibiabu

    Medical Supplies Salt Lake City, UT 'The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program provided me with knowledge and a better understanding of my business. The courses gave me a platform and blueprint with which to plan and administer my business effectively.' More

  • Maria Rios

    Waste Removal Houston, TX 'Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses was an eye-opener for me. The program really helps you refocus and gives you practical skills that you can implement right away.' More

  • Fred Johring

    Trucking/Transportation Long Beach, CA 'I applied for the program because I spent years being a stagnant company and needed help. With the training I got through the program, I was able to put together a five-year plan. ' More

  • Mel Davis

    Restaurant Houston, TX 'Everything in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program was new to me... becoming bankable, branding, doing a pitch. We had ideas and vision, but now we know how to execute on them.' More

  • Jason Horne

    Martial Arts Instruction New Orleans, LA 'The spirit and motivation of my staff has increased. I am working in the business less and on the business more.' More

  • Miguel Guajardo

    Construction/Engineering Long Beach, CA 'Going through the program has opened my eyes to a lot of new ways of thinking. I learned how to improve pricing, negotiating, delegating and leadership. ' More

  • Georgette Powell

    Food Service/Restaurants Los Angeles, CA 'I think it's important that the resources Goldman Sachs is offering are delivered to everyone. I really appreciate the diversity of our class.' More

  • Michelle Cruz

    Food Service/Restaurants New York, NY More

  • Michael DiMarino

    Manufacturing/Machined Components Brooklyn, NY 'Our involvement in the program is looked upon with great pride at Linda Tool.' More

  • Patrick Mullare

    Metal Fabrication/Finishing Brooklyn, NY 'It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me and my business to learn the things I am learning.' More

  • Rosalie Safier

    Manufacturing/Moving Equipment Long Island City, NY 'Having Goldman Sachs educate and advise me has been a very positive thing at a very stressful time.' More