LifeWise’s Dodd Completes Goldman Sachs Small Business Program

Katy Dodd of LifeWise Renovations in Prairie Village has completed Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Program, which offers training and support services to growing companies.

Dodd, LifeWise’s vice president of business development, attended the 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Babson College in Boston, where she received advice on how to optimize her company’s business model and acquire more financial capital. Her coursework included creating a customized growth plan for LifeWise Renovations, which provides aging-in-place design and remodeling services for seniors in their homes.

“The practical business and management education I received from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program is nearly immeasurable,” Dodd said in a release. “I am honored to have been selected to participate and enjoyed every minute of the experience—especially the collaborative, networking setting with other small business owners.”

So far, about 2,500 business leaders have gone through the program. Goldman Sachs is putting approximately $500 million into the effort. It’s free for those selected. Applicants must own or co-own a company that’s been in business at least two years, has at least four employees and has generated between $150,000 and $4 million in revenue in the most recent fiscal year.

Dodd has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from Rockhurst University. She earned her Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation in 2010.

Dodd serves as an executive board member with the Case Management Society of America in Kansas City and is a council member on the Mid-America Regional Council’s First Suburbs Coalition. At MARC, she has been a featured expert on the benefits of universal design in providing for multiple generations.