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Small Business Owners complete 10,000 Small Businesses Program at HCC

Sep 7, 2016


The sixteenth cohort of small business owners recently completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Houston Community College (HCC).

These business leaders have spent 14 weeks - roughly 100 class hours - at HCC studying a business and management curriculum designed by Babson College and delivered by Houston Community College faculty. The curriculum covered accounting, human resources, negotiations and marketing, among other topics. The program also included one-on-one business advising, accounting workshops and advice from Goldman Sachs professionals.

We are honored to welcome the following small business owners as alumni:

Bernard A. Aleem, Control Systems Solutions, Inc.
Nancy Almodovar, Nan & Company Properties
Sara Brook, Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe
Tammy L. Fleming, Trendz by Tammy Black Hair Salon
Dionne Ford, Spa Lounge & Spa Party 2 U
Darrell Haun, Solarcraft
Clive Hess, CompuCycle, Inc.
Kristi Johnson, Adroit Partners, LLC
Ruben Mercado, Jr., Ipsum General Contractors, LLC
Annie Rupani, Cacao & Cardamom Chocolatier
Walter Silin, The Bauen Group, LLC
Toni Skaff, OHMS Electrical Services
Tristen Sutton, Sutton Insurance Agency, Inc.
Laura True, Aquaocean Transport, Inc.
Frances E. Valdez, FValdezLaw, PC
Fernando Vivas, Vivas Contractors, Inc.
Leigh Walden, fun abounds, inc.
Stevette N. Walton, Integrity Transportation Services
Jason Whittington, Texas Floors, Inc.

Maria Rios, President and CEO of Nation Waste, Inc. and a graduate of the first cohort of the Houston program in 2011, participated in the Cohort 16 graduation as the keynote speaker. She shared that to be successful, the graduates should “stick with your growth plan, build wealth from within and dream big.”

Applications for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program are accepted on a rolling basis at Houston Community College. The program is open to business owners from across the Greater Houston region. To learn more or apply, visit or

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