Boston, MA – May 30, 2017, Vectrona CEO Joe Gelardi was one of 146 entrepreneurs from 38 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands that have graduated from the Babson Cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a national program developed to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. For 11 weeks, these small business owners connected with peers and worked together through practical business education delivered through a blend of online and in-person sessions conducted on campus at Babson College. “I’m incredibly grateful to have been selected for this program. The combination of highly-impressive faculty, and powerful peer learning and collaboration created the perfect environment to refine Vectrona’s Growth Plan,” Joe said. “The program gives Vectrona new and powerful tools that will help us identify and capture new opportunity, as well as enhance our development of the foundation resources and processes that will enable sustained long-term growth,” he added.
“We’re proud of our graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative. These entrepreneurs put forth incredible effort to complete this program and we are confident their efforts will continue in growing their businesses. We are excited to watch their many successes,” said Kerry Healey, President of Babson College.
The small businesses in this group represent a total of $174M in revenues and over 3,000 jobs from a broad range of industries including technology, manufacturing, construction, retail, services and non-profit organizations. The graduates join over 850 businesses that have successfully completed the Babson cohort through the 10,000 Small Businesses program across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the UK.