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    Wendy Wollner – Cohort 5

    Wendy is president and owner of Balancing Life’s Issues, Inc., a national provider of custom work and life balance corporate training programs. She founded the company in 2001 and operates from Ossining, New York. Wendy joined 10KSB to expand her skills as a business owner. Since graduating from the program, she has hired 602 additional trainers and increased revenue by 78%.

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    At LaGuardia Community College, we pioneer new ideas, many of which become pilots for the nation. In 2010 LaGuardia Community College was selected by Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses as the first community college in the country for this initiative – a test case that has since expanded beyond New York to Chicago, Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles and New Orleans. Since the founding of the program, 10,000 Small Businesses at LaGuardia has trained 850 businesses that have created new jobs, secured loans, and negotiated new contracts.

    We are proud to partner with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses to offer greater New York metropolitan area small business owners access to a practical business and management education. Through the support of Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, each business owner that is selected to participate in the program at LaGuardia Community College will receive a scholarship to cover program tuition and materials.

    In order to receive maximum benefit from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses education curriculum, you are required to:

    • Attend a mandatory program orientation
    • Attend 11 pre-scheduled learning sessions
    • Commit an additional 6–8 hours per week of out-of-class activities to work on your business. This includes completing assignments, attending networking events and business support clinics
    • Develop a tailored plan for growth prior to graduation

    How You Could Benefit From This Program

    As a participant in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at LaGuardia Community College you will benefit from a highly practical, business entrepreneurship education that was created with Babson College, a 10,000 Small Businesses partner recognized internationally for its leadership in entrepreneurial business education.

    Practical Business Education:

    You will receive a practical business and management education delivered through a partnership between LaGuardia Community College and leading business schools. While enrolled in the program you will develop a customized growth plan for your business. At LaGuardia, we will give you an opportunity to explore and experiment – an environment in which you can discover the most efficient path to achieving your business goals.

    The curriculum focuses on developing skills that you can apply immediately to address the issues most critical to growing your businesses, including:

    • Identifying and evaluating business opportunities
    • Understanding and managing the competitive business environment
    • Analyzing financial statements and using them to make management decisions
    • Accessing financial capital
    • Leading a growing business

    Peer learning is critical to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses classroom experience and, as a result, coursework is highly collaborative and draws upon the real-world experiences of participating small business owners.

    The program consists of 100 hours of instruction in addition to evening sessions that include HR, legal, financial and negotiations clinics as well as other business assistance activities.

    To view a detailed description of the business and management education program, click here .

    In addition to the classroom experience, the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program will:

    • Provide one-on-one and group advisory sessions to help you develop and implement your plan for growth
    • Help you create growth by preparing your business to apply for financing
    • Provide access to resources to help you focus on your most critical businesses issues and increase business capacity

    Access to Capital:

    You will be given the opportunity and tools to position your businesses to access loans.

    Business Support Services:

    You will receive one-on-one business advising from dedicated professionals to help develop a strategic and tailored plan for growth.

    Additional support services are offered to participants through partnerships with national and local business organizations, professional services firms and the people of Goldman Sachs.

    Locations and Schedule

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at LaGuardia Community College is located in the 10,000 Small Businesses Education Center at 29-10 Thomson Avenue, C-701, Long Island City, NY 11101

    To view a full list of key dates, click here .