By Julie Moffett

This past spring, Watermark Risk Management International, LLC completed the highly selective and competitive Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program (10KSB). Watermark was one honored to be one of 159 companies selected out of 2,000 candidates to attend the National Cohort 9. Watermark’s President, Kevin Hodges, attended on the company’s behalf and successfully graduated from the program.

Kevin explains: “The Goldman Sachs 10KSB is an incredible program. Not only does Watermark have access to an excellent staff focused specifically on Watermark and our risk management business, but we immediately increased our network by the thousands, connecting to the 10KSB alumni across the country. The one takeaway I have from my experience, that will always stick with me, is the program is filled with amazing people from virtually every corner of the market. My peers in the program were an inspiration to me and are there as a support group as Watermark continues to grow. I’m constantly in awe of their passion for what they do, and their willingness to help others, even when they are consumed running their own businesses.”

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment-management firm providing a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments, and individuals. The 10KSB program is assists small businesses like Watermark in creating jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital and business support services. By attending the program, Watermark is now empowered to create additional jobs and economic opportunity, develop more well-streamlined processes for business operations, and respond even more efficiently to client needs. Watermark has also conducted a thorough gap analysis of all existing services, the results of which will support and strengthen strategic capability growth plans. From this, Watermark is better positioned to diversify service offerings to an existing and growing client base.

Are you familiar with any other small business programs that have helped your company? Let us know in the comments below.

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