The Entrepreneurship Center: Small Business Program

An entrepreneurial entrepreneur casts a pensive look.

Small businesses -- including those owned by GGU's alumni network of attorneys, financial planners, CPAs, psychologists, consultants and entrepreneurs -- have been creating more than half of all jobs in the United States since the 1970s. Since 1990, while corporate America eliminated 4 million jobs, small businesses have added 8 million new jobs.

To help aspiring business owners, GGU launched a Small Business Program, made possible by support from Chevron. Applications are currently being accepted. See below for more details.


A year-long program open to GGU alumni

  • 10-week Workshop: Covers the fundamentals of starting a practice or small business and will result in a business plan to guide your launch. The workshops will be led by experienced faculty and alumni that have their own practices/businesses, giving valuable insight and tips to start your own. The workshop starts on September 12 and runs through November 14. Sessions will be held at the main campus in downtown San Francisco.

  • Mentors: You will be paired with an experienced practitioner to help guide business growth, answer questions and offer advice throughout the year.

  • Regular Cohort Meetings: Leveraging the strength of the cohort, you will meet with faculty every other month to review progress, share stories of success and challenges and receive targeted assistance as needed.

  • Establish a Foundation for Success: The goal is for you to have launched your company by the end of the program. In addition, through other cohort members, mentors and alumni, you will have built a powerful network of support as you continue to grow your business.
Participants of the program are expected to:
  • Start a practice/business before the end of the year-long program.
  • Attend all meetings, workshops, events.
  • Support fellow alumni.
  • Be a mentor in the future.


If you are not able to commit to any of the above activities, please delay your application until you are able to fully participate in the program.


Applicants will be evaluated based on their desire and commitment to starting a practice/business over the next year, the amount of thought and planning they have already put in, and the resources they have available to them to implement their goal of establishing their practice/small business. Please note: there is NO enrollment fee for the program due to a generous grant from Chevron.

Please write a brief statement of intent outlining your business, resources, experience and commitment and submit your current business plan to

Your statement, business plan and resume must be received by July 17, 2015.

Participants accepted to the program will be notified by August 14, 2015.

Have a Small Business & interested in sharing your experience?

As an experienced small business owner, your wisdom, drawn from your real-life lessons, can provide valuable insights to aspiring small businesses owners. To make the Small Business Program vibrant, we are seeking assistance from GGU alumni to be speakers, members of panel discussions, instructors or mentors.

Please email us at to let us know how your expertise might best be applied to the program.