Heroica Construction Celebrates Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Graduation
“The backbone of Rhode Island is small business,” said Governor Gina Raimondo in the recently unveiled Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses – Rhode Island video.
On Monday, June 12th, Heroica Construction President Jhonny Leyva and a class of almost 60 small business owners graduated the first Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in Rhode Island.
The program, which provided $10 million in philanthropic support to the Ocean State, aims to “expand access to capital and provides practical business education for small business owners.”
As a keynote speaker, Jhonny told his story of starting a business in the midst of the Great Recession to Governor Raimondo, Senator Jack Reed, and fellow graduates. Watch Jhonny’s full commencement speech here.
Participating in the first 10,000 Small Businesses – Rhode Island cohort has been no easy feat. After 100+ hours of coursework, Jhonny walked away with insights in business, finance, marketing, and company culture.
He also gained the fundamental skills necessary to build a successful growth plan for Heroica Construction. “10,000 Small Business is a lot of hard work, discipline, and dedication, but you learn a lot,” Jhonny stated, sharing his experience.
Two years after finishing the course, 61% of 10,000 Small Businesses graduates have created jobs in their local communities. This number almost triples the national average. Our team knows that the future of Rhode Island depends on the rise of small businesses like Heroica Construction.
So, what does it mean to be the backbone of Rhode Island? Jhonny says it best:
“We have drive, we have passion, we wanted to grow something, we wanted to build something – and we kept that.”