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Alumni List Grows for Tri-C’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program


CLEVELAND, Dec. 17, 2020: Twenty-six entrepreneurs from Northeast Ohio and beyond recently took a step toward greater business success by completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®).


Small-business operators who previously graduated from the program have outperformed the broader economy while exceeding national and local averages in revenue growth and job creation.


With the most recent graduating class, the 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) alumni list at    Tri-C exceeds 700 since the program’s launch in 2012.


Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a charitable initiative to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses across the United States by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital and support services.


Graduates of Tri-C’s 10KSB program represent a variety of industries. Each spent three months studying a business and management curriculum designed by Babson College, a top-ranked school for entrepreneurial education.


The most recent class included:

  • Deia Bailey of Smarty Pants Learning Centers in Cleveland

  • Zak Burkons of Rent Due in Cleveland

  • Shannon Caperton of Shine Acupuncture & Wellness in Medina

  • Anne Denton of Red Cedar Coffee Co. in Berea

  • Matt Dreher of Linmas Drugs in Emlenton, Pennsylvania

  • Pietra Foster of Wickliffe Academy in Wickliffe

  • Steve Garcia of Mr. Appliance in Amherst

  • Melissa Gedeon of Industrial Surface Sealers in Cleveland

  • Tanya Haggins of Lakewood University in Cleveland Heights

  • Bill Kendall of Costin + Kendall CPAs in North Ridgeville

  • Emily Kloos of OCS Process Systems in Westlake

  • Alina Koontz of Woodbine Companies in Akron

  • Robin Levine of Express Employment Professionals in Lyndhurst

  • Anthony Milia of Milia Marketing in Cleveland

  • Nicole Ponstingle of Pandata in Westlake

  • Steve Rumancik of Peak Technology in Cleveland

  • Shareefah Sabur of Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in Berea

  • Meltrice Sharp of CLE Consulting Firm in Cleveland

  • Laura Sherman of Sustainable Energy Services in Westlake

  • Emily Showalter of Willoway Nurseries in Avon

  • Bill Snow of Rad Air Franchise Systems in North Royalton

  • Grace Sweeney of CAPS Fieldhouse in Valley View

  • Otis Thomas of Noah’s Ark Child Care Academy in Euclid

  • Rachel Waggoner of Ebb & Flow Counseling and Wellness Studio in Lakewood

  • Jackie Walsh of Hope Yoga Studio in Fairview Park

  • Emerson Yerian of ETC TechSolutions in Akron


For more information on 10,000 Small Businesses, visit tri-c.edu/10ksb or call 216-987-3162. Applications are being accepted for the session beginning in September 2021.




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