10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses supports our Detroit graduates as they help drive economic growth in their local communities.


Through the program you'll be given access to the tools and resources you need to develop a strategic and customized growth plan for your business.

Education for Business Growth:

By partnering locally with colleges, we are able to help drive economic growth within small business communities while also providing a curriculum that focuses on immediately applicable skills.  Through the program you will learn how to:

  • Identify and evaluate business opportunities
  • Understand and manage the competitive business environment
  • Analyze financial statements
  • Access financial capital
  • Become a more effective leader
  • Become a more skilled negotiator

Capital to Expand:

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses will work with local, regional and national Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other mission-driven small business lenders to expand access to capital.  Through these partnerships, loans will be available to qualifying small businesses that lack access to affordable capital or may not qualify for traditional sources of credit.

A Network of Support: 

Through the program you will get opportunities to learn from other like-minded business owners, receive expert advice from business professionals and get one-on-one business advising.


The program is designed for small business owners who have a business poised for growth.  We look for applicants who are passionate about growing their business and creating jobs in their communities, and generally meet these criteria:

  • Owner or co-owner of a business
  • Business in operation for at least two years
  • Business revenues of more than $100,000 in the most recent fiscal year
  • Minimum of two employees, including the owner

How the Program Works

To get the most out of the program you will be asked to invest your time to engage in the following:

  • Attend a program orientation
  • Complete 11 convenient learning sessions
  • Participate in out-of-class activities, including completing assignments, attending networking events and business support clinics
  • Develop a tailored plan for growth prior to graduation

To learn more about 10,000 Small Businesses

Read about an alumnus of the program.

You built your business. We'll help you grown it.
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program links learning to action. It provides practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing and employee management that can immediately be put into action.