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Small Business Breakthroughs: Special Small Business Week Edition

May 2 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Join the Ohio Small Business Development Center in partnership with the Dublin Entrepreneurial Center for a podcast style Q&A designed to dig into the topics that are impacting your business and keeping you up at night.

Each edition of “Small Business Breakthroughs” will feature a timely discussion on trends, economic environment impacts in business, or business management tips and advice and more.

This edition special Small Business Week Edition of “Small Business Breakthroughs” will discuss how small business owners can improve their businesses with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. Program manager Stephanie Hall along with successful small business owners who participated in and graduated from the 10,000 Small Businesses program, will share their experiences and how you can be part of this extremely valuable program.

What We Will Discuss

  • What is the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program and who does it support?
  • What are some of the major challenges facing small businesses today and how does the 10,000 Small Businesses program help owners deal with this challenges?
  • What can participants in the 10,000 Small Businesses program expect to do during the sessions?
  • How is what an owner learns in the sessions applied to the everyday work of a within the business?
  • What are some successes from the 10,000 Small Businesses programs at Columbus State Community College?
  • And, of course, we will answer your questions.

Featured Guest: Stephanie Hall


What is the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program?

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is an investment program to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunities in their communities by providing them access to education, capital, and the business support services necessary to make that happen. Program tuition is offered at no cost to the business owner and accepted applicants receive a hands-on education led by faculty from Columbus State Community College, Cincinnati State Community and Technical College, and Sinclair College, focusing specifically on business growth. In addition, small business owners have access to highly trained professionals who understand what it takes to grow a small business, and an expanded peer network of small business owners from across the country. Columbus State will be hosting its sixth cohort beginning in September 2024 and is accepting applications through the end of June, 2024.

Moderator: Michael Bowers, CBA – Director, Ohio SBDC at Columbus State Community College

Michael Bowers is a Business Advisor and Director for the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Columbus State Community College. The primary focus of the SBDC is to support prospective and existing entrepreneurs as they seek to start and grow businesses in Central Ohio.

Michael holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance from the University of North Alabama and a Master’s in Public Administration from The Ohio State University. Michael is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Public Administration from Liberty University.

Michael has worked with entrepreneurs and small business owners for over 30 years, 20 of which have been in Columbus leading the SBDC. He has a diverse business skill set with experience in banking, private equity, strategic planning, leadership, and public sector management.

Michael is the lead instructor for the Basis of A Successful Enterprise (B.A.S.E) business startup training, as well as the host of the Small Business Breakthroughs YouTube series.


May 2
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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