growth. This module focuses on understanding the nature of customer relations, markets, and competition. In partnership with local and national business service providers, we recap the fundamentals of sales and marketing and then explore various international and governmental procurement opportunities. This module includes exercises that allow participants to improve their personal selling skills and a panel to discuss social media-based marketing.
Designed by Babson College, the nation’s top-ranked entrepreneurship school, the 10,000 Small Businesses curriculum focuses on practical skills that small business managers can immediately put into action within their company. Over the course of the program, small business owners will gain the skills needed to recognize new opportunities, embrace practices that increase business growth, and ultimately develop a customized growth plan for their business. The curriculum is organized into nine modules and five clinics geared around small business management training, each of which includes classroom discussion, peer learning exercises, skill-building, and experiential applications. Classroom activities are complemented by an integrated portfolio of business services, including one-on-one business advice, legal and financial clinics, and networking opportunities.
Harold Washington College is the Center of Excellence hub for business and professional services at City Colleges of Chicago, making it the ideal location for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses in Chicago. City Colleges partners with leading companies to ensure graduates are ready for the 300,000 business and professional services jobs coming to the Chicago region over the next decade.
Cohort 36 Fall 2023 Schedule- Classes from September 2023 thru December 2023. (Click a selection to see more information.)
Module 1: You & Your Business
Module 2: Growth & Opportunities
Financial Statements Workshop
Module 3: Money & Metrics
You are the Lender Clinic
Module 4: You Are the Leader
Module 5: It’s the People
Module 6: Marketing & Selling
Digital Marketing Clinic