In 2010, Goldman Sachs began its 10,000 Small Business Program in an attempt to help educate and grow 10,000 American small businesses over an extended period of time.  Now with over 6,300 small businesses aided at 14 sites across the nation, Goldman Sachs, in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies is looking to expand their reach to Baltimore, Maryland.

According to the Baltimore Sun, “The announcement is to coincide with a graduation ceremony at Center Stage Wednesday for about 60 business owners who participated in two pilot sessions of the program earlier this year. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein; former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, whose charitable giving is managed by Bloomberg Philanthropies, and billionaire businessman Warren E. Buffett, all of whom serve on the program’s advisory council, are expected to attend.”

For Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfien, the education business owners get helps them understand how to run a business as well as how to develop a successful growth strategy while operating in an ever changing economy.  In addition to educational workshops, the program also offers funding opportunities for small businesses that qualify.

If you’re in the Baltimore area and are interested in joining the program you can apply online at