We’re proud to announce that one of our clients, Plaques by Azra, has just been accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.
The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program is a $500 million national program that is committed to creating jobs and stimulating economic growth across the United States. The program, funded by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation, accomplishes this goal by giving select small business owners the access to business education, business support services, and capital that they need in order to grow their businesses, and it’s absolutely free.
After hearing the good news, we caught up with Azra, who manages the business with her parents Aunali and Shirin, to get her take on this exciting opportunity.
Azra, whose participation in the Tory Burch Foundation (TBF) Microloan Program led to her introduction to the Goldman Sachs program, is also a certified member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. She feels empowered, saying, “I now have all the tools I need to grow my business. I can already see the shift in my mind. I never realized I could grow my business so much, so fast.”
As one of the over 1200 who have participated or are currently participating in the program, Azra will get access to a 12-session business course, opportunities to develop her leadership skills, one-on-one business advising, a customized business growth plan, and a network of other small business owners.
Given the resources offered through Accion, TBF, and Goldman Sachs, Azra now aspires to grow her business and position it so that it can pay this generosity forward. She has a “soft spot” for women and children and would love to create jobs within her community and set up a foundation that serves women and children in need.
When asked what advice she has for those looking to start their own business, Azra said simply, “Go for it.”