Small business owners complete Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at HCC

May 7, 2018

The 21st cohort of small business owners received certificates of completion of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Houston Community College during a ceremony at the HCC Alief–Hayes Campus April 26.

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 HCC faculty. The curriculum covered accounting, human resources, negotiations and marketing, among other topics. The program also included one-on-one business advising, financial workshops and advice from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses community partners.

The new alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at HCC include:

Shaya Attaei, Aria Signs & Design, LLC

Fadi Bayeh, Executive IT Help, Inc.

Amit Behor, R.A.K.I Computers Recycling

Susan Bryan, CL Support Services, LLC

Angelica M. Catano, Star Building Services

Dr. Anne Chee, Anne Chee, D.D.S

Chris Denny, Lead Optimize, LLC

Katie Eick, DVM, South by South Vets

Tom Ferguson, Visible Applause, Inc.

April Garay, RollingStone Construction

Nancy A. Garcia, Noble Machine, LLC

Carruth Gerault, Carruth Gerault Construction

Marc Havican, Space City Films

Joni Hyde, The Workout Barre

Sarah Lieberman, Dandelion Café

Mary Margolis, MBR Financial

John McDowell, Jr., Liberty Fire Protection, Inc.

S. Casey McGuire, MetFab, Inc.

Tam Nguyen, NB Business Solutions, LLC

Carolyn J. Osborne, Katy Dreamweaver Home Health Service, LLC

Sebastian Z. Paige, DDS, MSD, Paige Orthodontics, PA

Neeta Patel, 7Elements

Roger Pombrol, Emerald Standard

Dr. Roy Rivera, Jr., PT, PhD, DPT, MCHES, Crom Rehabilitation, LLC

Licenciado Alan Ray San Miguel, Esquire, San Miguel Attorneys P.C.

Marty Theiss, Sam Bassett Lumber Co.

Amanda Tullos, GreeNexus Consulting LLC

Erika Valles-Arteaga, Vee Express, LLC

Jared Wood, Studio Red Architects

Christina Morales, president of Felix H. Morales Funeral Home and the Morales Memorial Foundation who is an alumna from the program in 2014, shared insights with the new graduates as they begin implementing their business growth plans. She encouraged them to “work on the business, not in the business” by identifying their weaknesses then hiring employees that can compensate for those weaknesses. As a member of the Houston Community College Foundation Board of Directors, Morales reminded the scholars to not forget about their community and to be a mentor to those around them.

Applications for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Houston Community College are accepted on a rolling basis with a deadline of May 24, 2018 for the Fall 2018 Cohort. The program is open to business owners from across the Greater Houston region. To learn more or apply, visit or


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