LAGCC Celebrates First Graduates of Goldman Sachs'
10,000 Small Businesses Initiative
I want to share with you the photos and media coverage from a momentous day here at LaGuardia: the graduation of the first cohort of 23 entrepreneurs from the 10,000 Small Businesses program. Guests of honor included Lloyd Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs; Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.; and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama.
As you may know, LaGuardia was the first community college Goldman Sachs chose to participate in their five-year initiative to help 10,000 small businesses across the U.S. grow and create jobs through greater access to business education, business support services and financial capital.
|President Gail O. Mellow, LaGuardia Community College
Under the leadership of the Division of Adult and Continuing Education, and in collaboration with the Business & Technology Department, LaGuardia partnered with the Wharton School of Business to develop a rigorous, highly practical business education curriculum.
The success of the first cohort of businesses -Michelle Cruz, owner of East Harlem Café, secured additional financing for her business, allowing her to hire additional staff, while another student, Joan Mahoney, who operates Mid-Island Medical Supply Co., recently landed a major contract with Blue Cross/Blue Shield- is one more example of LaGuardia’s ability to expand the boundaries of traditional higher education and to be a national leader for community colleges.
The segments from NY1 and CNBC offer wonderful descriptions of the power of this program to help businesses grow and create jobs:
We look forward to working with and graduating many more business owners under the 10,000 Small Businesses program at LaGuardia in the next five years. This initiative will have a profound impact on helping small businesses to grow, create jobs and continue to build our community.
Learn more about the program: 10,000 Small Businesses
Peter Katopes, Ph.D.