You’re invited to join Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices and Groundwork Ohio for a webinar on March 5th from 10:00-11:00 AM on why access to child care is important to small businesses as a key workforce issue. Throughout the webinar, you will have the opportunity to hear from small business owners about why child care matters to them and how small businesses can partner with early childhood advocates to address this issue. Speakers will also discuss what can be done through local, state, and federal policies to expand access to child care. Guest speakers include:
Mayor Andrew Ginther, City of Columbus
Janetta King, Midwest Regional Director for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices
Sharon DeLay, President of GO-HR
Haleema Shafeek, President of GOFS Commercial Interiors
Jarrod Turner, CEO of TBT Construction Services Inc.
Shannon Jones, Executive Director of Groundwork Ohio
In a recent survey Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices, 75% of small business owners say access to affordable child care is an important issue. Additionally, 87% of small business owners say Congress should prioritize increasing access to affordable child care. Child care is the workforce behind the workforce, but throughout the pandemic, child care has struggled to stay afloat due to increased costs and decreased revenues. Prioritizing child care in COVID-19 relief and beyond is vital for small businesses, families, and Ohio’s economy.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Voices is an initiative for program participants to organize and advocate for policies that matter to them. The program builds on Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB), which over the past decade has provided access to education, capital, and support services to more than 10,000 small business owners across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C. In 2012, 10KSB launched in Ohio to support the Cleveland area’s small businesses and in 2019 expanded to reach business owners in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton. To date, nearly 900 Ohio small business owners have graduated from the 10KSB program at Cuyahoga Community College, Sinclair Community College, Columbus State Community College and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College.
Groundwork Ohio is a committed, nonpartisan public-policy research and advocacy organization formed in 2004 that champions high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies from the prenatal period to age five, that lay a strong foundation for Ohio kids, families and communities.