Business Savvy Grads Walk The Stage In Queens
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A group of small business owners graduated Wednesday from the first Goldman Sachs-led Small Business program in Queens.
The 10,000 Small Business Initiative is aimed toward helping small businesses grow.
For the past 20 weeks, the 23 students studied accounting, human resources, negotiation, and marketing.
Warren Buffett and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein were on hand to pass out diplomas at the graduation ceremony at LaGuardia Community College.
"We have always believed that the business community has a responsibility to address challenges that go beyond the traditional bottom line," Blankfein said.
"The kind of access I've had to advice and networking with such important business people, it's just inspiring, and really wonderful," said National Van Equipment CEO Rosalie Safier.
White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett delivered the commencement address.
She noted that two out of every three jobs created today are generated through small businesses.