Business owners encouraged to take Goldman Sachs program

In 2019, Iowa’s community colleges will partner with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses to offer the program in Iowa for the first time.

The course curriculum, developed and taught by Babson College, which was recently named No. 1 for entrepreneurship by U.S. News & World Report for the 22nd year in a row, has helped more than 7,800 small businesses from all 50 states increase their revenue and create jobs.

At the launch event, James Deeds, a West Des Moines business owner who is a 10,000 Small Businesses alumni, said, “Since completing the 10,000 Small Businesses program in 2016, our business has doubled revenue, doubled head count, and created a new company with 12 employees.”

The first cohort will begin their journey of training and mentorship during the inaugural Iowa class, which begins January 2019.

Iowa Central Community College Business Professor David Barwin has been selected to serve on the faculty for the program.

Barwin, who also serves as Iowa Central’s business program director, has been with the college for 14 years.

Recruitment for the second Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses cohort has begun.

Applications are being accepted through Jan., 10, 2019 with classes being held April through June 2019.

Iowa Central continues to reach out to the region’s economic developers and small business owners to inform others of the opportunity.

Eligible businesses must have at least $100,000 in revenue, have been in business for at least two years, and employ at least two people (including the business owner).

Businesses of all types and across all industries are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the program, its results and curriculum, or to submit an application visit