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Community College System of New Hampshire Announces First Cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Posted: April 07, 2019

On March 29, 2019, Manchester Community College (MCC), in partnership with the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH), announced the scholars selected for New Hampshire’s inaugural class of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. The 37 scholars hail from nine New Hampshire counties that span the state, and whose businesses represent a diverse range of industries, including professional services, manufacturing, and retail.

The announcement of the inaugural class followed a reception at MCC attended by Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH), business and community leaders, program participants, and their friends and family.

“It’s been deeply rewarding to see the energy and ideas that these scholars are bringing to their businesses and their communities. We have no doubt that these Granite Staters will drive growth, jobs and economic opportunity across the state, the main goals of every Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses cohort,” said Katherine Jollon Colsher, National Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. “We appreciate the work of our partners in recruiting participants and facilitating program delivery, and thank the community colleges for their crucial role in administering this free program.”

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses has over 8,200 graduates from all 50 states, and is offered at no cost to those accepted. For the first time, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is being offered in New Hampshire, exclusively to New Hampshire small businesses. It is hosted at Manchester Community College, delivered in partnership with CCSNH. The specialized curriculum was developed in partnership with Babson College, which was recently named the top college in America for entrepreneurship for the 22nd year in a row by US News and World Report.

“The 10,000 Small Businesses program with Goldman Sachs adds to the diversity of ways New Hampshire’s community colleges partner with our state’s businesses to increase economic opportunity and diversity and strengthen New Hampshire’s economy,” said CCSNH Chancellor Ross Gittell. “This program is specifically for small businesses poised for growth who are able to use the curriculum and engagement with CCSNH business and Babson faculty to incorporate relevant, hands-on curriculum into their business planning and operations and establish connections to expertise and business partners in NH and beyond. We are delighted to partner with Goldman Sachs to bring this opportunity for small business owners to the state."

The class will last for three months, with scholars taking a blend of in-classroom and online learning. The classes cover everything from identifying growth opportunities, refining operations processes, marketing and selling, understanding and using financial statements and leadership training. Business owners who have taken the program sometimes call it a real-world MBA – where small business owners focus on growing their business, using their own business as a case study.

Since the inception of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, the national program has been a tremendous success. Sixty-seven percent of alumni report increased revenues six months after graduating, 47 percent report hiring employees during the same time period, and nearly 88 percent of graduates do business with one another.

Those eligible for the program have been in business for at least two years, have at least $100,000 in revenue, and have at least two employees, including the business owner.

A full list of small business owners and their businesses represented in this first class is below. For more information on the New Hampshire-based program, or to apply for future NH-based classes, please visit https://www.10ksbapply.com/newhampshire.

  • Elizabeth Alpaugh-Cote, Auric Systems International
  • Rae Andrews, Squam Lake MarketPlace
  • Nick Brattan, New England Document Systems
  • Christopher Brown, Rescon Basement Solutions
  • Adam Carey, The NLS Group
  • Matt Cookson, Cookson Strategic Communications
  • Dylan Cruess, TFMoran, Inc.
  • Holly Daigle, Kona Ice
  • Theresa DeChiaro, TSD Interiors
  • Janette Desmond, Kilwins
  • Cynthia Eichling, Home Instead Senior Care
  • Jeffrey Emery, Stonewall Cable
  • Kathrin Fitzpatrick, Dance Innovations Dance Center
  • Lisa Flynn, ChildLight Yoga
  • Suzanne Foley, Port City Pretzels
  • Daniel Guide, Freedom Tire
  • Stephen Jackson, Country Cupboard Candies
  • Sean Kline, Turbotek
  • Mary Kling, Wendi's Cleaning Service
  • Bobbi Lambert-Lynds, North Country Medical Courier Services
  • Kasia Lojko, All Real Meal
  • Toutou Marsden, Dell-Lea Weddings & Events
  • Katherine Meader, Green Acres Country Store
  • Dagan Migirditch, Liars Bench Beer Co.
  • Rose Padfield, Paul's Executive Car Care
  • Marty Parichand, ONE - Outdoor New England
  • Jaime Pauley, Simply Sunflowers
  • Valerie Piedmont, Green Enegy Options
  • Timothy Pipp, Beeze Tees Screen Printing
  • Pamela Provencher, Granite State Escape
  • Balaji Radakrishnan, DeeBeCon Inc.
  • Tina Smrkovski, Reed Optical
  • Peter Stoddard, S&H Land Services
  • North Sturtevant, JSA Inc.
  • Joshua Velasquez, Nuttin Ordinary
  • Kathryn Ward, Aries Engineering, Inc.
  • David West, Liebl Printing Company