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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni event features U.S. Secretary of Education

Reception held at HCC Southeast College October 25

HOUSTON [October 26, 2011] – Former U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, addressed the alumni of Houston Community College’s first 10,000 Small Businesses graduating class at a reception Tuesday, October 25. The graduates of the prestigious program were joined by local initiative partners at HCC Southeast College.

Dr. Zachary Hodges, President of HCC Northwest, and Dr. Irene Porcarello, President of HCC Southeast, presented each graduate with a continuing education certificate for completing the program. 10,000 Small Businesses partners at the event included the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council and the UH Small Business Development Center.

Houston Community College and community leaders celebrated the inaugural graduation of the 53 Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businessesscholars during a ceremony at HCC’s Southeast College Monday, October 3. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Houston Community College is part of a national, five-year investment to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses in the U.S. through greater access to business education, financial capital and business support services.

The initiative is currently active in several cities across the country and over the next five years, will reach 10,000 small business owners across the country.

For media inquiries, contact Lesa Spivey, HCC Public Relations and Media Director at 713.718.5438 or email

To learn more about the opportunities available through the 10,000 SmallBusinesses program at HCC, visit

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