Building Your Business Skillset - Small Business Career Coaching Opportunity

Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses - career coaching

As a professional photographer or videographer, what do you do to innovate and build growth plans to create a successful business? There’s always something new to learn on the creative side, but even more critical is the business side of a visually based business.

Career Coaching Program For Small Business
I recently graduated from the 6th cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at CCRI. I applied for the no-cost 12-week program which helps small businesses grow through practical business education, increased access to capital, and a support network of advisers and peers.

Initially, I felt both excited and apprehensive about exposing my life’s work and business to other businesses. The cohort consisted of 24 business owners throughout Rhode Island. The curriculum, designed by Babson College (the nation’s top-ranked entrepreneurship school), focuses on practical skills that can immediately be applied by business owners. Business owners also receive one-on-one mentoring from a dedicated business advisor and develop a growth plan specific to their business.

My challenge after acceptance into this program was to commit to carving time out of my weekly schedule. Most weeks, we met for a full day and often had additional shorter clinics.

The primary objective of the program was to work ON my business and not work IN my business – taking time out to plan for growth, and not spending 24/7 in the daily grind. Class topics included: Action for Growth, Money and Metrics, Operations and Processes, and Marketing and Selling. In every class, I learned something new.

As part of this objective, we needed to create and present a Growth Plan. This process made me realize how easy it is for me to work IN my business and pass up opportunities to work ON my business.

I met a wide range of business owners outside of the media industry, as we worked together to support each others’ growth plans. Having expanded my network and my breadth of business knowledge, I now have a great group of peers with which to bounce ideas off. The value of this group, combined with an educational refresher all focused on my business was well worth my time and attention.

If you are a small business owner, I encourage you to apply. See full details and their online application here.