Lakewood Business Leader Graduates From Tri-C’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Laura Ross of Cleveland Vegan in Lakewood took a step toward greater business success by completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C).

Ross is one of 30 small-business owners in the program’s latest graduating class. She spent 14 weeks at Tri-C studying a specialized business and management curriculum designed for entrepreneurs.

Previous graduates have seen their business outperform the broader economy while exceeding national and local averages in revenue growth and job creation.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million initiative to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses across the United States by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital and business support services.

10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) launched at Tri-C in Cleveland in May 2012. With the most recent class, the alumni list for the College’s program surpassed 500. Graduates represent a variety of industries and businesses across the region.

Ross co-founded Cleveland Vegan in 2012. The all-vegan café, bakery and catering service is located at 17112 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.

For more information on 10,000 Small Businesses, visit or call 216-987-3220. Applications for the next session in May are due by Feburary 22, 2018.

John Horton

Manager of Media Relations at Cuyahoga Community College

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Volume 13, Issue 24, Posted 3:19 PM, 12.19.2017