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I'm Shawn Dollar, owner of Sturm Welding based in Pilot Point, Texas.
That makes me a woman of steel.
We service the local farmers and ranchers.
We supply items that they need on a regular basis for feeding and
watering their animals.
And that's kind of led us to the industrial side of things.
Welding is a problem-solving career.
Everyone comes in with a different problem.
What I enjoy most is that I can take your ideas and dreams and
make them into reality.
When my husband, Dale, and I started the business in 1998,
when we took the business over, we didn't have the money to hire anyone else.
We did it all.
He took care of the back of the shop, the production, and I did all the book work,
Anytime there was any technical work, he would come in and
help the customers for that.
[SOUND] I found Goldman Sachs
10,000 Small Businesses Program
through one of the mentors I had.
Next thing I know, I was doing an interview.
They accepted my application.
And before I knew it, I was in class.
Before the program,
I was not confident in the decisions that I made on a day-to-day basis.
I went into the program seeking knowledge on how I can be a better leader.
It gave me the steps to get there.
So, now I have a plan for growth, and also I have developed a strategy to get there.
I benefited probably most from human resources.
This has been a mom and pop job shop for many years with no structure.
From the human resources module, I was able to develop a employee policy and
better structure to help my people grow.
I've gotten a new outlook on my work and my capabilities.
I don't have to do it all.
I just have to be smart enough to hire people that can do it as well or better.
Goldman Sachs helped me to figure that out and gave me the empowerment to go for it.
[SOUND] Our revenues have increased 26% since I graduated,
and we're on target to double our sales for the next year.
One of the things that I would like to do is provide better opportunities for
I want my company to grow, and I want to cultivate them into leaders so that they
can take what they know and teach other people and keep the cycle going.
Our mission is to provide quality jobs for
our people and quality service for our customers.
It's just amazing all the opportunities that are out there, and I want them all.