NEW YORK--()--The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) today announced the launch of 10,000 Small Businesses -- a $500 million initiative that will unlock the growth and job-creation potential of 10,000 small businesses across the United States through greater access to business education, mentors and networks, and financial capital. It is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that a combination of education, capital and support services best addresses the barriers to growth for small businesses. Program highlights include:
“More than a decade of Inner City 100 winners demonstrate conclusively that growing urban businesses can generate jobs and revitalize disadvantaged communities”
In addition to the co-chairs, founding Council members include:
“Small businesses play a vital role in creating jobs and growth in America’s economy,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs. “We are pleased to work with our partners in this initiative to support small business owners, particularly those in underserved communities.”
“Our recovery is dependent on hard working small business owners across America who will create the jobs that America needs,” said Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. “I’m proud to be a part of this innovative program which provides greater access to know-how and capital – two ingredients critical to success.”
“More than a decade of Inner City 100 winners demonstrate conclusively that growing urban businesses can generate jobs and revitalize disadvantaged communities,” said Dr. Michael Porter, Founder and CEO, Initiative for a Competitive Inner City; and Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School. “The 10,000 Small Businesses program will meet a vital need in disadvantaged communities, which is to provide the training, tools, and relationships to help local entrepreneurs and their businesses grow and create a self reinforcing cycle of economic opportunity.”
“The $300 million this program is investing in CDFIs will make a significant impact on CDFI financing for small businesses, particularly now,” said Mark Pinsky, President and CEO of the Opportunity Finance Network, the nation’s leading network of CDFIs. “This is the largest single-source pool of capital dedicated to CDFI small business financing.”
The first community college to participate will be LaGuardia Community College in Queens, New York, which houses a Small Business Development Center. Classes will begin in the spring of 2010. The first CDFI who will be receiving financing from Goldman Sachs will be Seedco Financial Services, Inc., based in New York City. Loans to underserved businesses in the New York area are expected to commence in early 2010.
10,000 Small Businesses, which has been in development for nearly a year, is a five-year program modeled on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative, which creates partnerships between academic institutions and non-profit entities to provide a business and management education to women around the world. 10,000 Women is currently operating in 18 countries, where it is helping women entrepreneurs create jobs and growth in their communities.
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities and investment management services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centers around the world.