Goldman Sachs today announced the 2022 10,000 Small Businesses Summit to bring together more than 2,500 small business owners from across the country – the largest gathering of its kind in the U.S. – from July 19-20. The Summit will be held over two days at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center and Nationals Park where thousands of small business owners and alumni of Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses education program, top entrepreneurs, members of congress, and administration officials will come together to define the future of America’s small business agenda. Following the pandemic and amid historic inflation, supply chain and workforce challenges, the Summit will bring together policymakers to share solutions to accelerate growth and create jobs to power our economic recovery.
Small business owners will also hold over 400 meetings with lawmakers to advocate for policies and legislation affecting them, including access to capital, workforce and competitiveness, childcare and government contracting. They are calling on Congress to do something it hasn’t done in over twenty years: reauthorize the Small Business Administration to meet the needs of today’s small businesses.
“Driving inclusive growth starts with supporting small businesses and providing them with the tools they need to create jobs and power our economy,” said David Solomon, Goldman Sachs Chairman and CEO. “That’s why Goldman Sachs began 10,000 Small Businesses more than a decade ago and why we are proud to bring our community together to host the largest ever gathering of small business owners in the U.S.”
“Small business owners across the country are facing the most difficult environment in more than a generation, yet we are resilient and continue to pivot, adapt and grow,” said Jessica Johnson-Cope, President of Johnson Security Bureau in The Bronx, NY and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices National Leadership Council Chair. “The 10,000 Small Businesses Summit will bring our thousands of small businesses together to make our voices heard during hundreds of meetings with lawmakers on critical issues, including access to capital, workforce and competitiveness, childcare and government contracting.”
View the full list of speakers and lawmakers attending the Summit at: gs.com/10ksb-summit-2022. Featured speakers include:
Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
Michael Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies
Gwyneth Paltrow, CEO and Founder, goop
Emma Grede, Co-Founder and CEO, Good American
Aman Bhutani, CEO, GoDaddy
Alli Webb, Founder, Drybar
Ann Colgin, Founder and Co-CEO, Colgin Cellars
Rebecca Minkoff, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, REBECCAMINKOFF
Marcus Samuelsson, Chef, Author, TV Personality, and Restaurateur
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ)
Mori Taheripour, Faculty, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Melissa Bradley, Co-Founder, Ureeka and Managing Partner at 1863 Ventures
Brian Rudolph, Co-Founder and CEO, Banza
Jackie Reses, Chief Executive Officer, Post House Capital, Chairwoman, Economic Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Co-author, Self-Made Boss
Lauren Weinberg, CMO of Square, co-author of Self Made Boss
Katie Sturino, Founder, MEGABABE
Richard Bliss, Faculty, Babson College
Over the past decade, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses has deployed $750 million to support small businesses across the country – reaching more than 12,800 small business owners across all 50 states. Alumni collectively represent over $17.3 billion in revenues and employ 245,000 people. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses also provides capital and capacity building grants to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other mission-driven lenders with more than $1.6 billion committed through CDFIs reaching over 37,000+ small businesses to date. Goldman Sachs has committed to reaching 20,000 small businesses through this program.
Over the course of the Summit, small business owners will gain insights from business leaders, visionaries and policymakers on best practices for growing businesses and driving economic growth, hiring talent, building brands and more.
DAY 1 OF SUMMIT:
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
July 19, 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The first day of the Summit will include interactive programming where small business owners will hear from industry leaders and experts, as well as attend breakout sessions that focus on optimizing business growth, ranging from best practices for effective hiring, to accessing capital, leadership and more. Participants will have the opportunity to network, learn and meet thousands of fellow 10,000 Small Businesses alumni from across the country.
DAY 2 OF SUMMIT:
Nationals Park Baseball Stadium
July 20, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
On day two of the Summit, the 10,000 Small Businesses community will collectively meet with over 400 congressional offices in a single day to advocate for bipartisan solutions to support small businesses across the country on issues such as the reauthorization of the SBA, access to capital, workforce and competitiveness, childcare, and government contracting.