Tri-C’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program Reaches 500 Graduates
Alumni boost the Northeast Ohio economy through job creation and revenue growth
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) reached a milestone this month with its 500th graduate since beginning in 2012.
A celebration honoring the latest class took place Friday, Dec. 8. The 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) alumni list now stands at 520 entrepreneurs representing a variety of industries and businesses across the region.
Previous graduates have seen their businesses outperform the broader economy while exceeding national and local averages in revenue growth and job creation.
“Small businesses serve as the backbone of our economy,” Tri-C President Alex Johnson said. “This program offers the hardworking people behind these businesses the tools they need to thrive, add jobs and contribute to a vibrant economy. We are proud to partner with Goldman Sachs to contribute to these success stories.”
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million initiative to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses across the United States. The program offers access to business education, financial capital and business support services.
Graduates of Tri-C’s 10KSB program each spent 13 weeks studying a business and management curriculum designed by Babson College, a top-ranked school for entrepreneurial education.
Lessons learned in the program boost each graduate’s business and, in turn, the regional economy. The most recent class included:
- Doug Anderson of D&S Electric in Orwell
- Trevor Bills of CINC Solutions in Akron
- Andrew Bodjanac of Fabric Showcase in Cleveland
- Steve Bowles of Professional Diving Resources in Broadview Heights
- John Butler of Partners Riley in Bay Village
- Debi Fellows of The Cutting Edge Nameplate Company in Perry
- Toby Foote of Classroom Antics in North Royalton
- Krista Gesaman of ASI Environmental in Canal Fulton
- Steve Golden of Avvenire Solutions in Brecksville
- Sandra Graubard of Spiral Studio in Orange
- Lori Inks of Blossom Hill in Westlake
- Ann King of Borrow Vintage + Eclectic Rentals in Cleveland
- Mark Klapp of AM Plumbing in Cuyahoga Falls
- Barb Luczkowski of Luczkowski Agency Insurance & Financial Services in Chesterland
- Mel McGee of We Can Code IT in Cleveland
- Cody Miller of RAM Sensors in Westlake
- Tony Nasrallah of Ground Works Land Design in Westlake
- Sera Nelson of W.A.G.S. 4 Kids in Berea
- Margie Orth of SecuriCom in Broadview Heights
- Jamie Peltz of True Hue in Orange
- Spike Radway of Team Spike Consulting in Richmond Heights
- Josh Randles of Miracle Clean Services in Akron
- Mark Roshon of Tornado Technologies in Solon
- Laura Ross of Cleveland Vegan in Lakewood
- Austin Ruesch of Helio Terra Vegan Cafe in Cleveland
- Steve Tirrell of Cartridge World in North Canton
- Jarrod Turner of TBT Construction Services in Columbia Station
- Matt Walsh of Cinecraft Productions in Cleveland
- Eric Wengryniuk of Reddy Equipment in Solon
- Ted Wetzel of The Final Coat in Solon
For more information on 10,000 Small Businesses, visit www.tri-c.edu/10ksb or call 216-987-3220. Applications for the next session in May are due by Feb. 22.
December 13, 2017
John Horton, 216-987-4281 firstname.lastname@example.org