Westshore Entrepreneurs Graduate from Tri-C’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Business Owners in Rocky River and Westlake Join List of Successful Alumni

Two Westshore business owners took a step toward greater success by completing the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®).

Nikola Dzodzo of Woolino in Westlake and Steve Lucek of Ver-A-Fast in Rocky River are two of 26 small-business operators in the program’s latest graduating class. They spent 14 weeks at Tri-C studying a specialized business and management curriculum for entrepreneurs.

Previous graduates have seen their business outperform the broader economy while exceeding national and local averages in revenue growth and job creation.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an initiative to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses across the United States by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital and business support services.

10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) launched at Tri-C in Cleveland in May 2012. The alumni list for the College’s program now numbers nearly 500, with graduating business owners representing a variety of industries and businesses.

Dzodzo is managing director at Woolino, which he and his wife, Mimi, founded in 2009. The company manufactures Merino wool sleeping bags and sleepwear for babies. It is located at 25700 First St. in Westlake.

Lucek is president and CEO of Ver-A-Fast, which he acquired in 2015. The telemarketing firm makes millions of calls annually for companies in the United States and Canada. It is located at 20545 Center Ridge Road in Rocky River.

For information on 10,000 Small Businesses, visit www.tri-c.edu/10ksb or call 216-987-3220. The next session begins in January, with applications due by Oct. 16.

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