Last month 665 Delgado students graduated. Announcements were sent out, ceremonies were held at the UNO Arena and graduates’ names were published in the local newspapers. On June 27 another graduation will take place. It won’t be at the spacious UNO Arena (it will be on the City Park Campus at the Student Life Center) and the number of graduates will be much smaller (50). But their impact on our local business community will be just as significant.
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (GS10KSB) program at Delgado Community College is a practical business management education program that gives entrepreneurs valuable skills for growing their business, the opportunity to access financial capital, powerful networking opportunities and more — at absolutely no cost to participants. More and more small business owners are discovering the program (the program was recently featured in the Times-Picayune) and taking advantage of what it has to offer. The program works closely with The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) and has helped many entrepreneurs and business owners grow their business during tough economic times.
The GS10KSB program graduates are just as vital to the community as are graduates from other Delgado programs such as nursing and culinary arts. If you’ve ever eaten in a local restaurant or purchased a locally produced product or service, chances are you were helped by a GS10KSB graduate. Some former graduates are Phil de Gruy, owner of Phil’s Grill; 2013 Louisiana Small Business Person of the Year Vince Gremillion, President of RESTECH; and Betsie Gambel, principal owner of Gambel Communications and 2013 SBA Regional Women in Business Champion of the Year.