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ICIC is the proud national outreach and selection partner of Goldman Sachs on their innovative and influential 10,000 Small Businesses initiative.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses provides business education, support services and pathways to capital for growth-oriented entrepreneurs. Participants gain practical skills to take their business to the next level, with topics like financial statements, negotiations, and marketing. Participants develop an actionable growth plan for their business with the help of advisors and a network of like-minded entrepreneurs. The program is free for participants and delivered in partnership with academic institutions across the country. To date, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses has served more than 10,000 businesses in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Interested applicants can visit 10KSBapply.com.

View more impact statistics in the 2019 Progress Report 

The 10,000 Small Businesses National Cohort is a 10-week program delivered online and culminating in a final 4-day, in-person session in New York.

All travel expenses, meals, and accommodations are covered for those admitted to the program.

This 10-week program provides small business owners with a practical business education focused on business growth; the program includes:

  • Best-in-class curriculum
  • Network of fellow business leaders, business advisors, trained faculty
  • No cost to all participants
  • Available to small businesses in every state more than a reasonable driving distance from our locally delivered locations

To learn more about 10,000 Small Businesses, hosted at Goldman Sachs, click here.


The 10,000 Small Businesses program currently operates in Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Detroit, Houston, Iowa, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Miami, New Hampshire, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Rhode Island, Salt Lake City. Recently, Goldman Sachs expanded the initiative to include rural communities, adding Arkansas, Missouri, North Dakota, and South Dakota, with plans to reach additional rural small business owners across 20 states over the next five years. The program is also available to business owners across the country through the National Cohort which has reached businesses from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C.


ICIC is proud to work with dedicated partners on the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative:


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