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Contact: Linda Wallace 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

What: On the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Community College of Philadelphia will come together not only to remember the tragedy and the lives lost but to honor those public servants who stood ready to assist and make sacrifices for their country. Visuals for this 30-minute memorial service include a solemn flag ceremony and opening remarks by College President Donald Guy Generals. Twenty-two flags will be placed around the Bonnell Circle: 21 to honor the Philadelphians and native Philadelphians killed in the attacks, and one to honor Sgt. Brahim Jeffcoat, a 2002 graduate of the College who was killed in the Iraq War. The ceremony will conclude with the reading of the names of the victims and closing remarks by Steve Bachovin, coordinator of the Veterans Resource Center.

When: 10:00 to 10:30 a.m, Friday, September 11, 2015.

Who: The ceremony is open to the public.

Where: Community College of Philadelphia, Bonnell Circle, 17th Street just south of Spring Garden Street. The ceremony will take place outside. Temporary media parking will be available on 17th Street.

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Contact: Linda Wallace 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Nicole Pullen Ross of Goldman Sachs and Dr. Judith Gay of Community College of Philadelphia congratulate business owners

PHILADELPHIA, July 29, 2015— Twenty additional entrepreneurs will graduate from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses- Greater Philadelphia program at 11:30 am on Friday August 7, bringing the number of regional graduates to 189.

The business owners represent a variety of industries and professions, as far as York, PA and Tom's River, NJ and representing a wide variety of industries, from manufacturing to design and technology. They all share a proven track record and a desire to help their companies improve results. They will gather with families and friends for the ceremony in room C2-28 of the Center for Business and Industry at 1751 Callowhill Street. Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter; Dr. Judith Gay, vice president for Strategic Initiatives and Chief of Staff at the College, and Nicole Pullen Ross, Mid-Atlantic Region Head of Goldman Sachs are among those who will offer congratulations. Ralph Wolff of Jersey Coast Appliance, whose business had to overcome challenges after Hurricane Sandy, will be the class speaker.

“We congratulate the small business owners who are graduating from the 10,000 Small Businesses program,” said Pullen Ross of Goldman Sachs. “Thanks to the dedication of our local partners in Philadelphia, the graduates are contributing to the local economy by growing their businesses and creating jobs.”

Since it came to Philadelphia in 2013, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program has provided local entrepreneurs timely strategies for managing and growing successful businesses. A report recently released from Babson College found that small business owners who have completed the course outperform U.S. small businesses overall in revenue growth and job creation. Additionally, 52 percent of Philadelphia companies create new jobs after graduating and 61 percent of the Philadelphia graduates have reported increasing their revenues just six months after graduating – compared to 45 percent of U.S. small businesses.

"The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative is a valuable tool in our support for Philadelphia's small business owners and is showing great results," said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. "Almost 200 graduates of this program are now increasing revenue, hiring new people and doing business with each other thanks to the support they received from the Community College of Philadelphia and Goldman Sachs."

For Ralph Wolff, the program could not have come at a better time. The owner of Jersey Coast Appliance found himself in the eye of the storm literally and business-wise when Hurricane Sandy nearly derailed his company in 2012. Wolff’s customers’ appliances were breeched by salt water from the flood, rendering them inoperative. As a result, the service part of his business suffered while his sales division wasn’t able to make up for the loss in revenue.

It’s been a long, slow road to recovery, but Wolff looks forward to the future as a result of the principles he has embraced during the 10,000 Small Businesses program. “I went from being a reactionary business owner to a more visionary business owner,” said Wolff, who employs 16 fulltime and five part-time employees. “Since the storm, we’ve been in defensive mode. Now I have a growth plan in the works. This program turned it around for me.”

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. The program is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of education, capital and support services best addresses barriers to growth for small businesses.

Applications for 10,000 Small Businesses are accepted on a rolling basis at Community College of Philadelphia. The program is open to business owners from across the Greater Philadelphia region. Learn more at www.ccp.edu/10KSB and www.10ksbapply.com.

Contact: Linda Wallace 215-751-8082, liswallace@ccp.edu
Annette John-Hall, 215-751-8021, anhall@ccp.edu

What: Community College of Philadelphia students and faculty will make history today. As President Obama prepares to make a major announcement on community colleges at Macomb County Community College this afternoon, the College community will come together to rally support for his America’s College Promise Campaign. Students, carrying signs and tweeting selfies, also will sign up as members of Heads Up, a grassroots movement being launched today to work for free community college tuition nationwide for responsible students. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will add his voice today to those expressing support for this talent. This fall, the College enrolled nearly 200 students as part of the College’s ground-breaking 50th Anniversary Scholars Program, which provides free tuition and fees for eligible 2015 graduates from Philadelphia high schools.

When: On Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, students, faculty and staff will rally at 3:15 p.m.. President Obama remarks will be projected onto a large screen at 3:40 p.m as the College community tunes in.

Where: Community College of Philadelphia, Room S2-3 of the Winnet Student Life Building, 17th Street, south of Spring Garden Street.

VISUALS: Students will use social media to share powerful personal stories about their educational journeys, and urge family and friends to support the movement making community colleges free.

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In early June, the Pew Charitable Trust issued its long-awaited report about Community College of Philadelphia. Local news accounts, and Pew researchers themselves, summarized the findings as "mixed." That designation should not imply that the results are conclusive or a reflection on the quality or importance of the college. When used properly, data can be used to assess strategies or the need for change, but to overgeneralize would be a mistake.

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The Community College of Philadelphia is offering classes on how to own and operate a food truck. The course, Mobile Food Management: Introduction to Food Entrepreneurship, begins on Wednesday, September 2nd and according to CCP, it is the only such course offered by an accredited institution anywhere in the United States.

Mallory has started taking classes at the Community College of Philadelphia, works at a restaurant at 30th Street Station, and wants an unusual, but useful and practical career.

The Community College of Philadelphia will honor Sgt. Brahim Jeffcoat, a 2002 graduate killed in the Iraq War, during its 9/11 ceremony at 10 a.m.

Gunter Pfau

After Gunter Pfau enrolled at Community College of Philadelphia, he learned never to be afraid to question the status quo.

As an entrepreneur and CEO of Stuzo, a marketing and digital advertising company, that lesson is one he still uses regularly. “In technology, there’s no other choice,” he said. “In fact, I would say you have to seek out change. If you don’t change, you’ll die.”

Since our founding in 1964 and opening our doors to students for the first time on September 23, 1965, Community College of Philadelphia has been expanding minds, changing lives and transforming generations. Pfau is one of 54,000 Community College of Philadelphia graduates, many of whom contribute to the city as job creators, police officers, firemen and business leaders.

He believes his community college education afforded him an edge in business. Here, he learned to trust his instincts and gain that sense of confidence that would help him take his business from good to great.

Pfau’s opportunity for game-changing risk and reward occurred in 2008 at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, TX. After hearing that Facebook needed help in advertising and running promotions, he approached one of the social network’s vice presidents.

“Are you looking for platforms?” Pfau asked.

The VP replied in the affirmative and just like that, Pfau made a decision to throw out the old Stuzo concept, which was developed as an online marketplace for students, and go after Facebook as a client. He watched his company morph into a software engineering firm. “They say luck is when preparedness meets opportunity, Pfau said. “We had built apps, and we were prepared.”

Pfau’s pivot turned into business gold.

Today, Stuzo’s name is just about the only part of the original company remaining. Stuzo’s team boasts 50 employees across three offices — one in Philadelphia, two in Europe — and counts as its clients Fortune 500 companies such as Procter & Gamble, MasterCard, CBS, Coach and Allstate, along with some of the world’s most respected advertising agencies. Recently, Stuzo was named one of the region’s top branding, marketing and media service agencies by the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Continuing its focus on future multi-device marketing, Stuzo recently launched MEG.com, a mobile marketing company.

Just as he did in business, Pfau shunned the conventional academic path, perhaps because he was never conventional himself. Born in Romania, his family fled communism and relocated in Austria as political refugees. The Pfaus came to Philadelphia when Gunter was 11.

Though smart, Pfau said he was far from an exemplary student — he was even expelled from Northeast High. He earned his GED and pondered his options. Community College of Philadelphia seemed like his best bet.

“Initially, I didn’t know what path to take and I had a lot of fears,” said Pfau, a 2002 graduate. “At Community College of Philadelphia, professors helped me build a tremendous amount of confidence that helped me move forward.”

He graduated from Temple with a B.S. in finance and entrepreneurship and had dreams of opening a gym. “I never thought I’d end up in technology,” Pfau said.

And now he is among the legion of young entrepreneurs redesigning the economic landscape with jobs and opportunity.

Pfau’s words of wisdom for those who create their own jobs and companies?

“It’s going to be a rollercoaster,” he said. “There will be ups and downs multiple times throughout the day. Learn how to push through the downs. It’s part of the game.”

Watch Gunter Pfau in our Moving Philadelphia Forward video series.

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