Golden Gate University Launches Program for Aspiring Business Owners

Golden Gate University Launches Program for Aspiring Business Owners 
SAN FRANCISCO, CA  -- (Marketwired) -- 07/23/14 --  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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