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Iola Harper, Deputy Commerce Director for the Office of Economic Opportunity; and Dr. Donald Guy Generals, President of Community College of Philadelphia, congratulate latest graduates
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 6, 2016—Twenty-eight entrepreneurs will graduate from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses- Greater Philadelphia program at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16. The graduates join over 300 business owners who have benefited from the program in the region, which began classes at Community College of Philadelphia in 2013.
The graduation ceremony will take place at the Community College of Philadelphia Center for Business and Industry, 1751 Callowhill Street in room C2-28. Dr. Donald Guy Generals, the College’s president, and Iola Harper, deputy commerce director for Philadelphia’s Office of Economic Opportunity are among those who will deliver remarks. Dan Rhoton, owner of Hopeworks ‘N Camden, an advanced technology training program that provide youth the opportunity to achieve their dreams, will speak on behalf of the graduating class.
10,000 Small Businesses alumni are making their mark in the Philadelphia region business community in ways big and small. For the second consecutive year, a 10,000 Small Businesses graduate has finished on top of the Philadelphia 100 list, which recognizes the fastest growing, privately held companies in the region. Ken Carter of Supra Office Solutions (Cohort 4) won the No. 1 ranking (Erin Reilly (Cohort 5) of Pop! Promos won last year). In all, 11 graduates made this year’s list.
The latest class of graduates represents a variety of industries and professions. Through the program, participants gain a new set of business tools and growth strategies designed to support them as they innovate and grow. A group of alumni have heeded the call to fund tuition- free community college models nationwide by donating nearly $50,000 to the 50th Anniversary Scholars Program endowment. These graduates are contributing to their local economies and creating jobs. Stimulating Small Business Growth, a report released this year by Babson College, demonstrates that 10,000 Small Businesses graduates consistently grow their revenues and create jobs at rates that outperform the broader economy. Nearly 70 percent of participants report increasing their revenues and 50 percent report creating net new jobs just six months after graduating. In addition, the program maintains a 99 percent graduation rate and 85 percent of graduates are doing some form of business with each other.
Applications 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 http://www.ccpedu/10KSB and www.10ksbapply.com
About Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
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.
About Community College of Philadelphia
Community College of Philadelphia is the largest public institution of higher education in Philadelphia and the sixth largest in Pennsylvania. The College enrolls approximately 34,000 students annually and offers day, evening, and weekend classes, as well as classes online. Visit the College at www.ccp.edu. Follow us on Twitter. Like us on Facebook.