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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at HCC wins Star Award

HOUSTON [February 27, 2012 ] – Houston Community College was one of 11 local businesses beaming with pride after receiving the Star Award for a government entity at the prestigious 14th Annual Economic Development Summit and Star Awards Luncheon sponsored by the Houston West Chamber of Commerce February 10. Community and business leaders enjoyed the awards presentation and a keynote speech from Scott McClelland, President of H-E-B’s Houston Division. Melissa Wilson, co-anchor of FOX26 Morning News emceed the event which included over 600 attendees.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at HCC received the award for working with small businesses and helping entrepreneurs continue on a pathway of success and growth. The selection of the winner in each category was based upon overall business performance and contributions to the West Houston community during the past year. Criteria taken into consideration include number of employees added, revenue increases and support of the community through donations of time and/or money.

“As executive director of HCC’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, I am very proud to be a part of this extraordinary program because it is making a significant difference to each business owner and to our local economy. The team we have assembled at HCC is the best in program delivery, business advising and in helping businesses grow,” said Maya Durnovo, HCC Dean of Workforce & Executive Director,Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative.

About Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at HCC:
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Houston Community College is a practical business management education program that helps you develop the skills you need to grow your company. If you are selected to participate, you also will receive a series of one-on-one business advising sessions from dedicated professionals to help develop a tailored plan for growth.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million national program designed to help small businesses in the United States create jobs and economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital and business support services. Program applications at Houston Community College are accepted on a rolling basis and are due on the 15th of every month at 5 p.m. The deadline is extended to the next business day if the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday.

“It is deeply rewarding to work with these outstanding business owners and the high caliber individuals delivering HCC’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative. Working together we are being transformed for the better and creating a positive impact on our local business community,” said Sandra Louvier, HCC Center for Entrepreneurship Director & Project Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.

Photo attached: (left to right) Kathie Edwards, President and CEO of Westpark Communications, LP; Jim Murphy, State Representative, District 133; Maya Durnovo, Dean of Workforce Development HCC Northwest and Executive Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Initiative; and Jeannie Bollinger, CEO and President of Houston West Chamber of Commerce.


About HCC
HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society. To learn more go to

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