John Jerman To Participate In Goldman-Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

John Jerman, founder and president of Office Furniture Warehouse, has been selected to participate in the Goldman-Sachs' "10,000 Small Businesses" program. 

The public-private partnership, co-chaired by Warren Buffet, Michael R. Bloomberg, Lloyd  Blankfein and Dr. Michael Porter, seeks to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital and business support services. The program is based on the belief that, “Provided with the right mix of training and support, America's small business owners can grow their companies and create meaningful impact in their communities." 

Mr. Jerman is among 136 men and women from 36 states (plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico) whose businesses generate a combined $345 million in revenue. Selection into the program was based on the review of Office Furniture Warehouse’ company history and performance. The company was runner up in the 2011 Chamber of Commerce Small Business Company of the Year and won the award in 2014. Furthermore, the company has grown significantly in recent years and both leadership and employees are involved in supporting several worthwhile causes with regard to environmental sustainability, cancer treatment, and community programs, said officials. 

Mr. Jerman has completed orientation and will be traveling to Boston to attend Babson College in September for the first round of courses. The program is a mixture of online and in-person courses held at Babson, as well as three "Work Weeks" during which Mr. Jerman will collaborate with other small business owners to develop detailed, step-by-step growth plans for their respective enterprises. 

Sixty percent of participants have experienced job creation in their organizations and 81.9 percent have increased revenues in the 30 months following graduation from the program, compared to respective national averages of 23 percent and 45 percent. While the program's impact boasts attractive revenue and job creation statistics, the focus on helping small business owners improve their communities is of key interest to Mr. Jerman and the team at Office Furniture Warehouse. 

“This honor is for our entire organization," said Mr. Jerman.  "The team we have assembled over the past six years is a unique group of competent, caring people.  Without the team effort and amazing performance, I would not be the recipient of this opportunity. Office Furniture Warehouse is on the cusp of reaching a new plateau in employee engagement and economic growth. I’m thankful for the mentorship that I will be receiving in the months to come.” 


World Leader In Sales And Sales Leadership Unites With World Leader In Higher Education

Hundreds Of TVA Employees Volunteer At Day Of Serving Events

Startup Spectruss Sees Record Growth


Sales training methodologies developed by Sandler Training has been incorporated into Harvard Business School’s leadership curriculum. David Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training, has worked closely ... (click for more)

Nearly 400 TVA employees are volunteering to help local community organizations in the Chattanooga area as part of the TVA Employee Volunteer Program’s Day of Serving on Friday. TVA launched ... (click for more)

Spectruss, a full-service marketing agency based in the Chattanooga area continues rapid growth through its virtual CMO service that provides clients direct access to the expertise of an in-house ... (click for more)


Business

World Leader In Sales And Sales Leadership Unites With World Leader In Higher Education

Sales training methodologies developed by Sandler Training has been incorporated into Harvard Business School’s leadership curriculum. David Mattson, CEO of Sandler Training, has worked closely with Frank V. Cespedes, faculty chair for the Aligning Strategy and Sales executive program at Harvard Business School (HBS) as well as Mark Roberge, senior lecturer in the Entrepreneurial ... (click for more)

Hundreds Of TVA Employees Volunteer At Day Of Serving Events

Nearly 400 TVA employees are volunteering to help local community organizations in the Chattanooga area as part of the TVA Employee Volunteer Program’s Day of Serving on Friday. TVA launched a new Employee Volunteer Program this year in which employees can earn recognition certificates and corporate contributions to eligible charities for hours volunteered. On this Day of ... (click for more)

Breaking News

HCSO Corrections Corporal Arrested

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office personnel on Tuesday afternoon arrested HCSO Corrections Corporal Kaquience Williams on the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Corporal Williams was arrested after she was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop. She is presently in the booking process at the Hamilton County Jail and has been placed on ... (click for more)

Downtown Post Office Finally Getting Handicap Ramp

Chattanooga's Downtown Post Office, after some lawsuits and numerous complaints over the years, is finally getting a handicap ramp. Federal Judge Sandy Mattice said the complaints had increased in recent months and the General Services Administration agreed to fund the project at the historic building on Georgia Avenue. The judge said, "It's a beautiful building, but it's ... (click for more)

Opinion

Too Many Questions

First it was about 2,000, then we were told it’s up to 4,000. We have no way of knowing who’s coming or what their purpose is. NBC and CNN assure us they are seeking sanctuary but how can we know? Neither Honduras or our subjective media in America have been honest with us in the past. So, how do we know why that many people are marching across Central America? Then this morning ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Answer For Amy

Amy Schumer, whose cousin is Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, is said to be a very successful comedian and an activist of note. You may remember her most recent appearance was when she was arrested at the U.S. Capitol three weeks ago. She was part of a disgraceful mob who unlawfully protested the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and the hunch is Amy wanted to get arrested so she ... (click for more)