Small businesses are amazing. So are the people who run them. That’s why we love working with entrepreneurs here at tdg. Many of our favorite clients are small businesses and startups – or at least they began that way.
I’ve also got a personal interest in entrepreneurship: aside from being the managing partner at tdg, I also own a historic bed-and-breakfast with my wife, I have a modest property management company with Monte, and I’m always on the lookout for something new.
It comes as no surprise, then, that I’ve recently become a little obsessed with resources for entrepreneurs. It started when I joined the SBA’s e200 Emerging Leaders Initiative five years ago. Shortly after graduating from that program, I was accepted into Dakota Rising, a three-year regional fellowship for entrepreneurs. Both provided me with training, insight, and the chance to connect with new networks of mentors and peers.
One of those peers led me to another opportunity. Earlier this month I was accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. It, too, is focused on networking and training with the goal of helping entrepreneurs grow businesses, but with more emphasis on coursework.
The program is run out of Babson College, widely recognized as the best entrepreneurship school in the country, and I’ll be heading out to Boston a couple of times this fall for on-campus work. And I’m expecting a lot of work: a report in Fortune characterizes the program as an accelerated MBA.
I’m expecting a lot of benefit for my own companies, but since I manage an advertising agency, I’ll get an extra payoff: I can bring the training and resources from the Goldman Sachs program straight back to our small business clients. I can’t wait to get started.