By Brandi Long-Frank
Monique Farmer, Owner and Operator of Avant Solutions, a minority-owned Public Relations and Communications consulting firm, graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program in New York City.
Farmer completed the program alongside 170 small business owners representing 37 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
“The education, networking and peer support throughout the program was invaluable,” Farmer said. “I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the ongoing resources the program offers alumni post-graduation and I’d highly recommend the program to other small business owners looking to identify and seize their own business growth opportunities.”
Goldman Sachs’ program provides select business owners with business education, support services and capital for growth-oriented entrepreneurs. The education received through the program is designed by Babson College, an entrepreneurship college with national, top-ranking entrepreneurship curriculum. Through the program, graduates gain practical skills across topics such as financial statements, negotiation, marketing, and employee management as well as gain the tools to develop a customized business plan for growth.
Farmer is the creator of Anvil Ready (anvilready.com), an online communication strategy builder that aids communication professionals in creating communication plans. She is also a Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Her work has garnered invitations to speak at Ragan Communications Crisis Conference and PRSA’s International Conference. She previously served as the director of communications for Nebraska’s largest school district and in corporate communications for ConAgra Foods (now ConAgra Brands), leading Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Affairs Communication, including global food recall notifications. Prior to that, she spent 12 years in public affairs with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.