Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Scholars in Iowa Complete Program

Posted 7/23/2019

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), along with Iowa’s 14 other community colleges, today announced the completion of the second Iowa class of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. The 36 scholars from across the state represent a diverse range of business and industry including a co-working community, managed IT services, animal care and services, millwork, and cosmetics.

“We’re incredibly gratified, but not at all surprised, by the early success of 10,000 Small Businesses in Iowa,” said Katherine Jollon Colsher, National Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. “We brought the program to the state given its vibrant population of small businesses and strong commitment by local leadership, the community, and its academic institutions. We are excited to see what these graduates will achieve, for themselves, their families, their employees, and their communities.”

The scholars participated in this 100-hour curriculum, delivered through a blend of online and in-person learning, hosted at the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Class content includes a range of topics including identifying growth opportunities, refining operations processes, using financial statements, and marketing and selling. Each business owner uses their own company as a case study to ensure the unique needs of their company are addressed.

“DMACC and all of the Iowa Community Colleges are proud to partner with Goldman Sachs to positively impact and encourage growth for small businesses throughout the State of Iowa,” says DMACC President Dr. Rob Denson.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses has over 8,200 graduates from all fifty states, including Iowa, and is offered at no cost to those accepted. Sixty-seven percent of alumni report increased revenues six months after graduating, 47 percent report hiring employees during the same time period, and nearly 88 percent of graduates do business with one another.​

A full list of small business owners, their businesses and hometowns represented in the second class is below. For more information on the Iowa-based program, or to apply for future classes, please visit​

  • Melissa Alger, Weddings By Design, West Des Moines​
  • Ryan Berkland, Slash Point Sales, Emmetsburg
  • Melissa Carlson, 818 - a tiny design empire, Des Moines
  • Erica Conklin, Care Athletica, Ankeny
  • Steven Davis, Bio::Neos, Coralville
  • Candace Drahn, M's Machine & Mfg. Co., Monona
  • Clint Dudley, Shade Tree Auto, Grimes
  • Deanna Faubus, B Fabulous BBQ and Catering, Slater
  • Steve Ferguson, Breiholz Construction Company, Des Moines
  • Leslie Foley, Bondurant Physical Therapy, Bondurant
  • Sue Gehling, Integrated Behavioral Health Services, P.C., Breda
  • Jon Grannis, Sollah Interactive, Clive
  • Marjorie Guyler-Alaniz, FarmHer, Urbandale
  • Amy Heinen, Quick Action Accounting & Business Solutions, Cedar Rapids
  • Eric Heininger, EDEN+ Fundraising Consulting, Des Moines
  • Elizabeth Holland, Adel Veterinary Clinic, Adel
  • Donna Holt, Holt & Sons Sanitation, Mason City
  • Tom Holtz, METALSOURCE, Clive
  • Elizabeth Hoppe, DejaBrew, Emmetsburg
  • Chad Hutson, HT Plumbing, Ames
  • Brian Jeffrey, Jeffrey Repair Service, Mason City
  • Jim Jensen, Trophies Plus, Breda
  • Christy Jones, R Jones Collision 1, Des Moines
  • Anne King, Collective Data, Cedar Rapids
  • Jason McArtor, Farmboy, Clive
  • Todd McCubbin, ShinyTop Brewing, Fort Dodge
  • Cheryl Ohern, Spin Markket, Fort Dodge
  • Brian Pederson, Blue Ribbon Pelham Waters, Fort Dodge
  • Amber Sampson, Sampson Family Therapy Services, Des Moines
  • Adam Schweers, Computer Concepts of Iowa, Carroll
  • Stephan Stegall, Golden Heart Senior Care, Des Moines
  • Lisa Thilges, Prairie View Animal Hospital, Grimes
  • Brett Vowles, Optimum Chiropractic, West Des Moines
  • Katie Wold, Market 124, Mason City
  • Geoff Wood, Gravitate Coworking, Des Moines
  • Kelsi Ziemann, KZA, West Des Moines

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