PHILADELPHIA GOLDMAN SACHS 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES PROGRAM IS A LEADER IN JOB CREATION, GROWTH

Philadelphia, July 8, 2015 – A new report released today from Babson College found that the small business owners who have completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program grow their revenue and create jobs at rates that outperform the broader economy.

 “Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses has provided Philadelphia with an entrepreneurial boost demonstrated in the job creation and increased revenues our small businesses are already showing,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “It has also helped executives at these small businesses to network, share resources and collaborate so they can handle larger projects.”

The report surveyed approximately 2,300 of the nearly 5,000 entrepreneurs who have now benefited from the program, including some of those who completed the coursework at Community College of Philadelphia. Greater Philadelphia’s graduates thus far have surpassed Goldman Sachs national performance rate for net job creation. Among the key findings:

·         Fifty-two percent of Philadelphia graduates have reported creating net new jobs just six months after graduating, compared to 22 percent of U.S. small businesses according to a survey by the National Small Businesses Association (NSBA).

·         Sixty-one percent of the Philadelphia graduates have reported increasing their revenues just six months after graduating – compared to 45 percent of U.S. small businesses according to a NSBA survey  (After 18 months, the national rate for those graduates increasing revenues rose to 76 percent.)

The Babson College national report, Stimulating Small Business Growth: Progress Report on Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businessesdetails the progress of the thousands of small business owners that have participated in 10,000 Small Businesses program, which helps entrepreneurs across the United States grow their businesses and create jobs.

“These results confirm that small businesses continue to play a central role in spurring economic growth and job creation in their communities and nationwide and are so pleased to see how this program has contributed to their success,” said Dina Habib Powell, President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and head of the firm’s Impact Investing business.

In Philadelphia, 169 businesses have graduated to-date, with the majority collaborating or referring work to other graduates. In fact, four small businesses from the 10,000 Small Businesses program have moved into shared space at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Others have organized capital for investing in other small businesses.  Philadelphia graduates have received honors for their business prowess: four of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Small Business Excellence award winners were 10,000 Small Businesses alumni, seven made the Philly 100, and two of the five most recent Small Business Administration regional winners were Greater Philadelphia 10,000 Small Businesses  alumni.

“The College continuously seeks new ways to help Philadelphians create life-changing opportunities, whether it is by training for a new career, transferring to a baccalaureate-level institution or growing a business,” said Dr. Donald Guy Generals, president of Community College of Philadelphia. “The Goldman Sachs program provides a learning hub for a diverse array of the region’s talented social and business entrepreneurs.”

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to a combination of education, capital, and support services best addresses barriers to growth for small businesses.

To apply for the 10,000 Small Businesses visit www.ccp.edu/10KSB.

The Babson College report can be viewed here: http://www.goldmansachs.com/citizenship/10000-small-businesses/US/about-the-program/impact-of-10ksb/

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