Empire State Development President Howard Zemsky, LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow and Chairman Lloyd Blankfein helped open the new Goldman Sachs “10,000 Small Businesses” Education Center at LaGuardia Community College last month.
Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s leadership, LaGuardia Community College was awarded $5 million to build the new center. The new 10,000-square-foot space will provide a venue for trainings, lectures, alumni events, and more.
The funding for the project was provided through New York State’s CUNY 2020 initiative.
The 10,000 Small Businesses program launched in 2010 as a partnership between LaGuardia Community College and Goldman Sachs to support and help local entrepreneurs grow their businesses and create jobs.
Often described as a “mini-MBA,” 10,000 Small Businesses provides training in business development, capital building, contract negation, systems management, and more.
To date, the program at LaGuardia Community College has helped more than 830 business owners. Based on this success, Goldman Sachs expanded the program. Today, it’s served nearly 8,000 small businesses across all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.