Small Business Owners complete the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at HCC

May 15, 2017

The 18th cohort of small business owners recently completed the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Houston Community College in a ceremony at the HCC Alief – Hays Campus on Friday, May 5.

These business leaders have spent 14 weeks - roughly 100 class hours - at Houston Community College 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, financial workshops and advice from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses community partners.

HCC and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses leaders emphasized how proud they were to welcome these small business owners as alumni:


Emily Bruce, Proshred of Houston

Scenes V. Byrd, Teksync Technologies

Philip Chapman, Woodson Lumber

Felix Chevalier, Chevalier & Company

Jasmine Chida, SweetCup Artisan Gelato & Espresso

Liz Cordill, Māk Studio

Edwin Correa, Kreative Photography

Regina Gust, Regina Gust Designs

Javeed Gire, Richmond Printing, LLC

Gus Guerrero, Power One

Brett Hatfield, Downunda Pools

Howard Heald, Verador Property Management, LLC

Randy Hines, Kolache Shoppe

Mark Holley, Holley's Seafood Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Karena Kirk, Always Best Care

Xavier Leal, Xellent Landscaping & Irrigation Services, LLC

Les Lightfoot, LEI Grounds Groomers

Jill Manty, MantyWeb

Anna May, CINCO fit

Esther Mgbeike, Grace Pediatrics & Family Clinic

Jena Moreno, The Storyhive

Ajay Nagar, Governance360 Enterprise Solutions Inc.

Lam Nguyen, Camino Information Services

Zac Nicklas, The Pool Boys

Jeff Offutt, Jita Printing, LLC

Bruno Okoh, Great Clips

Emely Rodriguez, RNB Construction, Inc.

Vanessa Simpson, Language Kids World

Chris Whitmeyer, Whitmeyer's Distilling Co.


Connie Rankin, President of Customized Real Estate Services, Inc., author of “God Gave Us Wings” and a graduate of the Houston program in 2012, participated in the Cohort 18 graduation as the keynote speaker. She shared that she started the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program unsure about the future of her business. She had “lost who she was” and needed help. Through the program, she learned that as a business owner, she should not do it all herself. To grow, you must trust in your team, participate in educational opportunities and build a powerful tool set of skills. 

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

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