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Artificial Plants and Trees Completes Goldman Sachs Intensive Entrepreneurship Training at Babson College

National program allows small business owners and entrepreneurs to learn from the best on creating jobs and economic opportunity.

Nashville, TN, August 12, 2016 --( Artificial Plants and Trees, an online retailer of artificial silk plants and trees, was one of 137 U.S. small business owners and entrepreneurs to graduate from Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses, a national program offered at Babson College in Babson Park, Mass., that prepares small business owners and entrepreneurs to create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital, and business support services.

"The 10,000 Small Businesses program has helped our company craft an actionable financial and strategic growth plan for the next five years, with the tools to track the success or failure of that growth," said Artificial Plants and Trees CEO and Founder, Doug Hopeman. "We have already added another head count to our staff as a result of this program, and we expect to add more people to our business. Thanks to the program, we have more clarity, direction, and tangible goals."

Program graduates completed a hybrid online and face-to-face program where they received:

- Guidance in creating a customized growth plan that includes opportunity identification and feasibility analysis, financial management, leadership, negotiations, and marketing.

- One-on-one business counseling and a network of peer support from other small business owners, as well as leaders in the business world.

10,000 Small Businesses is guided by an advisory council where Babson President Kerry Healey serves, and is co-chaired by Goldman Sachs chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein, Bloomberg L.P. founder, president and CEO, and 108th Mayor of the City of New York Michael R. Bloomberg, and many more prominent executives.

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About Artificial Plants and Trees
Founded in 1999, is one of the longest-running and most well-established online retailers of artificial silk plants and trees. Offering unique topiaries, greenery, Christmas trees, artificial silk plants and trees for home and office décor, and more, Artificial Plants and Trees has a wide selection to enhance your interior and exterior spaces. Visit for more information.

About Babson College
Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. Learn more at
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