Goldman Sachs today launched a new workforce development program, 10,000 Small Businesses Fellows. The program, which kicks off during National Small Business Week, aims to create career pathways for students from community colleges and address the growing skills gap facing small businesses by facilitating hands-on internship opportunities. The program will begin in New York, Dallas, Cleveland, and Baltimore and create more than 250 work opportunities for college students in their fields of interest and small businesses. The semester-long paid internships will be fully funded by the Goldman Sachs Foundation.
The program’s investment in workforce development is critical to the nation’s economic recovery, addressing longstanding obstacles that have hindered the success of small business owners and community college students alike. 10,000 Small Businesses Fellows connects pandemic-stricken small businesses with a steady workforce pipeline while relieving the financial burden of recruiting new talent. Participants will have access to a national network of 10,000 Small Businesses alumni, professionals and Goldman Sachs experts that will set them on a path towards success.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Fellows is in partnership with the following colleges and universities:
- Dallas College
- LaGuardia Community College
- Cuyahoga Community College
- Community College of Baltimore County
- Morgan State University
David Solomon, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, said, “Today’s launch is the product of many months of listening and learning from small business leaders. We’ve heard how entrepreneurs are struggling to find the talent they need, and our platform is perfectly designed to connect them with promising students. We’re excited to see where this new program leads, as our 10,000 Small Businesses alumni continue to enhance our country’s economic vitality.”
Asahi Pompey, Global Head of Corporate Engagement and President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, said, “The right internship can have a big impact on a student’s career path. 10,000 Small Businesses Fellows gives students a front row seat to entrepreneurship by coming into a small business and learning from some of our most successful alumni. They will learn the business but they will also witness the passion.”
Small businesses are economic engines, employing nearly half of America’s workforce and representing over 99 percent of employer firms.1 Yet hiring for essential roles remains a challenge, especially in the wake of the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on small businesses. According to a recent Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses survey, roles that are fundamental to business recovery are the highest in demand and yet the hardest to fill. Over 75 percent of small business owners said that sales and marketing roles were very important for recovery and growth, yet nearly 50 percent of small businesses report that these fundamental roles were the most difficult to hire for, with too few applicants having the rights skills.2
The 10,000 Small Businesses Fellows program helps address small businesses’ workforce needs crucial to growth by deepening the commitment to historically underrepresented community college students. This is done by matching practical skill development consistent with the fellow’s field of study to work projects that drive business growth for small business owners.
Fellows is an extension of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, which has invested $750 million to help small businesses across the U.S. create jobs and economic growth through education, support services and access to capital. Over the past 10 years, over 10,000 small businesses have been given entrepreneurial resources and developed a robust alumni base, who have created jobs, contributed to their local economies, and grown as entrepreneurs. On average, 67 percent of 10,000 Small Businesses graduates grow revenues, and 47 percent create new jobs just six months after graduating.
To learn more about Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Fellows, visit 10ksbfellows.com.
Abbey Collins, Goldman Sachs
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