Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to education, financial capital and business support services. The 10,000 Small Businesses program currently operates in 30 markets in the U. S. through a network of more than 100 academic and community partners, and the program continues to expand on a city-by-city basis.
**Education for Business Growth **Designed by Babson College, the nation's top-ranked entrepreneurship school, the curriculum focuses on practical business skills that can immediately be applied by business owners, including negotiation, marketing and employee management.
**Access to Capital **Small business owners learn how to become more bankable and position their businesses to access financing and capital. Through partnerships with local, regional and national Community Development Financial Institutions [CDFI's] and other mission-driven small business lenders "Capital Partners", loans are available to qualifying small businesses that lack access to affordable capital or may not qualify for traditional sources of credit. Loan applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, independent of acceptance into the business and management education program. Learn more.
**A Network of Support** By partnering with a one-of-a-kind consortium of local academic partners, 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 gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing and employee management that you can immediately put into action.
EcoMap Baltimore is here to help entrepreneurs find the resources they need to build startups, small businesses, and nonprofits in their communities.