HOUSTON (Covering Katy News) – When Priti Singh took over as CEO of Associated Testing Laboratories in Houston, her focus was on the immediate, day-to-day operations of the family-owned business that opened its doors in 1959.
Today, she has taken on a vastly broadened perspective powered by a strategic growth plan – sage advice she gained from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Houston Community College. HCC has several campuses, one is in Katy.
Singh is among 21 Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni who received certificates of completion at the summer class graduation ceremony at the HCCMissouri City campus.
Before taking part in the program, Singh said she had a parochial view of her business, which provides environmental and geotechnical engineering services, as well as construction materials testing and inspection.
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“Now, I have more awareness of the different aspects of the business,” she said. “We’ve implemented a growth plan and we’re procuring new business.”
While there is no one-size-fits-all formula for business success, many small business owners are getting ahead with the intensive training and guidance they receive in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
“Today, there are roughly 600 small businesses that have received help from the Goldman Sachs program that began at HCC in 2011,” said Rita Reed, the program’s alumni manager.
During the summer session, the business leaders spent 14 weeks, roughly 100 class hours, soaking up an innovative management and business curriculum that included growth opportunities, money and metrics, a legal clinic, and marketing. The class also took part in one-on-one business advising and financial workshops and got timely advice from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses community partners.
“When you give business owners the opportunity to have the tools to grow their business, they will be able to increase their revenue and hire additional employees,” said Manuel Aguilar, lead faculty for the Goldman Sachs program at HCC.
The deadline to apply for the spring 2019 session is Oct. 11, 2018. The program is open to business owners from across the Greater Houston region.