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Mayor Annise Parker Announces Third Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Class

Mayor Annise Parker, the Mayor’s Office of Business Opportunity and Houston Community College today announced that applications are currently being accepted for the third class of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. The deadline for applying is February 15, 2012. Applicants must have been in business for at least two years, have at least four employees, have a revenue stream of $150,000 to $4 million annually and be poised for growth.

“By helping small businesses to grow, we boost the local economy and create jobs,” said Mayor Parker. “As I stated in my inaugural address, creating jobs is my number on job for my second term in office.”

The 11-session business management education program will meet from early April to late June at Houston Community College’s Northwest and Southeast Campuses. Classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays and some Saturdays. Participants are also required to commit six to eight hours per week for out-of-class activities geared toward their businesses. Interested business owners should plan to attend one of the following informational meetings:

· 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m., January 11, 2012 at 5330 Griggs Road, Houston TX 77021
· 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., January 18, 2012 at 3 Riverway, Houston, TX 77056
· 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., January 26, 2012 at 1010 W. Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, TX 77043

To RSVP for the informational sessions please send an email to 10ksb@hccs.edu or call 713-718-8348. Walk-ins are also welcome.

First announced in February 2011, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is designed to help local small business owners create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services.

In addition to studying accounting, human resources, negotiation and marketing applicants accepted into the program applicants will receive:
· one-on-one business and pro bono legal advice
· Practical business and management education
· Potential access to capital
· Business support services
· A network of support
· Alumni services

A short video about the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in Houston is available at www.hccs.edu/10ksb.

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