Graduating from the GSP was a great opportunity for Susan and her company, for it helps many entrepreneurs grow. The GSP was established in November of 2009, and has helped over 8,000 small businesses nationwide. They provide access to education, capital, and business support services. There are many other benefits to completing this program, which include:
- Small business owners receive practical business education and a supportive network of peers and advisers at no cost to participants
- Small business owners learn practical skills to grow their business
- Participants receive one-on-one business advising and expert guidance from Goldman Sachs professionals, attorneys, and others
It is also important to note that in just 6 months after completing the program, participants had a 72% had increased revenues and 50% had created net new jobs. In addition is the networking with other business owners within in the program. In fact, 85% of participants have done business with other program participants.