Golden Gate University Launches Program for Aspiring Business Owners

Golden Gate University Launches Program for Aspiring Business Owners 
FOR: Golden Gate University 
JULY 23, 2014 
Golden Gate University Launches Program for Aspiring Business Owners 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA --(Marketwired - July 23, 2014) -  In fall 2014, Golden Gate
University (GGU) will launch its first Small Business Program designed to help
its alumni become successful small business owners. The year-long pilot program
is supported by a $300,000 grant from Chevron. The program is free, thanks to
the Chevron grant. 
"We're responding to a need for this type of programing," says
Paul Fouts, Dean of GGU's Edward S. Ageno School of Business. "This
is not for people chasing the start-up dream. This is a more traditional
business approach serving GGU alumni who are thinking about starting a practice
or small business." 
Small businesses have created more than half of all U.S. jobs since the 1970s.
The number of U.S. small businesses has increased 49 percent since 1982. And
since 1990, as corporate America eliminated four million jobs, small businesses
added eight million new jobs. 
"Chevron is committed to boosting local economies, increasing incomes and
improving livelihoods in the communities where we operate," says Dale
Walsh (BS '81, LHD '12), President, Chevron Americas Products, and a
GGU alumnus and trustee. "One of the ways we do this is by supporting
local businesses. We are proud to support this program, and we applaud its
efforts to develop small businesses." 
The year-long pilot program starts with a 10-week workshop, led by faculty and
alumni, covering the fundamentals of starting a practice or small business,
resulting in a business launch plan. Each student is paired with an experienced
practitioner to help guide business growth, answer questions and provide
advice. The cohort meets monthly after the workshop is completed. All students
are expected to start a practice or small business before the end of the
program and to be a mentor in the future. The curriculum includes business
planning, values and ethics, marketing, customer service, logistics, human
resources, budgeting and more. 
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About Golden Gate University 
GGU, a private nonprofit, has been helping adults achieve their professional
goals by providing undergraduate and graduate education in accounting, law,
taxation, business and related areas for more than 113 years. GGU is accredited
by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Western Association of Schools
and Colleges (WASC).  
About Chevron Corporation  
Chevron Corporation is one of the world's leading integrated energy
companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The
company's success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of its
employees and their application of the most innovative technologies in the
world. Chevron is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. The
company explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas;
refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy
products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and
produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops
the energy resources of the future, including biofuels. Chevron is based in San
Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at 
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