Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program

On April 12th 2019, Thebarmaker became officially, alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business program. If you’ve never heard of it, and you are a small business owner, part of a non-profit that runs like a business, or are a large part of running a business, than this is a program you will definitely want to learn more about


TheBarmaker is going into it’s 13th year in business. Building custom bars, back bar custom cabinetry, and custom built ins is no easy work. We are continuously improving our technique to produce the highest quality product. We’ve spent so much time, energy, and passion doing this and we just assumed with a great product, automatically comes success…

13 weeks ago, I walked into a conference room at the Tri-C Corporate College East, and wasn’t really sure what to expect. I was in a room packed with 33 other local entrepreneurs and a faculty stacked in every corner of the room.

It was an interesting dynamic, and while everyone present was professionally calm and collective, the excitement, eagerness, and the unexpected humidified the air.

Ice was quickly broken among the new scholars with the introduction of peer learning. The program integrates this into the curriculum within minute one and the momentum didn’t end until the last minute of graduation.

While the tools the program issues to it’s students are priceless, the biggest take-away from the program, undoubtedly, is the added confidence to take my business beyond the next level. Building relationships with the best of the best resources comes in a quick second.

I’m a little sad the program is over, but I’m excited to implement my new knowledge into my company. The grasp the program has on you is not easily escape able. They encourage you to keep your involvement by choosing a 12 month accountability partner, but also follow up with you over the next 30 months.

Beyond improving my business to be fundamental and profitable, the education and awareness of giving back to the local community through charities and advocacy is at the front line of the program as well.

My business structure, while unique, was directly relatable to all of the other businesses in the program. The people didn’t just become my support team, they also became my friends. Without them, I would just be stuck chasing my tail like so many business owners are. I can’t say enough good things about this experience. If this is in fact something that interests you, and would be committed to the challenge, follow the link above.

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