Taking your business skills to the next level

Exploring Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a free program for New Hampshire’s small business operators

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About this webinar: This NH Business Review webinar previews the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, a free 14-week program with a curriculum designed by Babson College, the nation’s top-ranked entrepreneurship school.

Hear first-hand feedback from a panel of New Hampshire business people who have been through the free program and grown their businesses as a result.  Through the program, participants gain practical skills by taking a deep dive into topics such as finance, leadership, negotiation, marketing, and employee management; all skills that they can immediately put into action. Participants also receive the tools and professional support to develop a strategic and customized growth plan that will take their business to the next level.

“This program taught me about growth,” said alum Suzanne Foley, Owner, Port City Pretzels. “I call it an MBA in entrepreneurship. It made me see what was possible.”

In a nutshell: At the end of the 10,000 Small Businesses program, you’ll get a full-scholarship education to grow your business.

Eligibility: The 10,000 Small Businesses program is open business owners or co-owners who have been in business two or more years, have at least two employees and revenues of at least $75,000 annually. Participants find owners of all kinds of businesses, and all scales, up to $10 million in revenue and greater, among their peers in the program. And according to participants, those relationships last long after the program has concluded.

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Click here to watch the video of this webinar, originally recorded on Thursday, November 5, 2020.


Panel participants and program graduates

Toutou100x100Toutou Marsden
Owner, Dell-Lea Weddings & Events

Dell-Lea Weddings & Events, a premier full-service wedding and event barn venue, was found in 2016 and is located in Chichester, NH.


Foley100x121Suzanne Foley
Owner, Port City Pretzels

Port City Pretzels, manufacturer and wholesaler of seasoned hard pretzels, was founded in 2015 and located in Portsmouth, NH.


Day100x100Jonathan Day
Managing Partner, Centrus Digital

Centrus Digital offers digital advertising packages that focus on search engine marketing, display ads and remarketing, YouTube & video ads, and social media ads. Centrus Digital was founded in 2015 and is located in Portsmouth, NH. Day applied to the Goldman Sachs free program because his business education (both B.S. & MBA) was completed prior to 2007 and was no longer very relevant when he became 50% owner of Centrus Digital in 2018. As a service agency in the digital marketing space that is becoming more and more automated by AI, Day is hoping to strategize the long term growth and scalability of Centrus offerings.


Danh100x100Dan Holdridge
President and CEO, 4E – Eagle Electric Engineering Enterprise

4E-Eagle Electric Engineering Enterprise offers manufacturing and construction services throughout New England. It is located in Deerfield, NH and Ashaway, RI. Holdridge applied to the program because he was looking to expand his business operations in NH.


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program representative:

Chuck Neild100x100Chuck Neild
Business Services and Support Manager

Chuck Neild is the Business Services and Support Manager for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program initiatives for the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH).

He is a graduate of Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, Marketing from North Adams State College and has a Master of Science in Business Administration from Lesley College. Chuck worked for 30 years in hi-tech senior management roles in customer service and customer relations for Sun Microsystems and Oracle Corporation.


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