American Specialty Toy Retailing Association

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Goldman Sachs - 10,000 Small Businesses

Why Should ASTRA Members Apply?


As part of ASTRA's strategic plan, we have emphasis on Market Expansion and Industry Viability to support membership value, sustainability and how the independent toy industry will move forward. ASTRA provides opportunities to refresh expertise and elevate knowledge throughout the year and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is an extension of our resources. Not only is the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program an opportunity that links learning to action, but they have concrete results to prove it. The alumni of the 10,000 Small Businesses program have shown to exponentially increase their revenue, create more jobs, and collaborate with other graduates of the program. 

Click here to learn more about how Goldman Sachs makes it work! 

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Eligibility:


Small business owner or small business co-owner 

Business in operation for at least two years 

Business revenues over $150,000 in the most recent fiscal year

Business with a minimum of four employees (including the owner)

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Education Program Locations & Applications


How To Apply: 

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is delivered through partnerships between local community colleges, business schools, Community Development Financial Institutions and leading nonprofit organizations. There are 14 Education Program Locations and 4 that are in the process of being created; apply for the location nearest you:


Chicago, IL | City Colleges of Chicago

Cleveland, OH | Cuyahoga Community College

Dallas / Fort Worth, TX | Dallas County Community College District

Detroit, MI | Wayne State, Oakland Community College & Macomb Community College

Des Moines, IA | Des Moines Area Community College

Houston, TX | Houston Community College

Long Beach, CA | Long Beach City College

Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles City College

Miami, FL | Miami Dade College

New Orleans, LA | Delgado Community College

Queens, NY | LaGuardia Community College

Philadelphia, PA | Community College of Philadelphia

Salt Lake City, UT | Salt Lake Community College

Warwick, RI | Community College of Rhode Island

Dayton, OH | To Be Determined

Cincinnati, OH | To Be Determined

Columbus, OH | To Be Determined

New Hampshire | To Be Determined


Curriculum:

To get the most out of the 10,000 Small Businesses program, business owners are asked to invest their time to engage in the following

  •  Attend a program orientation 
  •  Complete 11 convenient learning sessions 
  •  Participate in out-of-class activities, including completing assignments, attending networking events and business support clinics (approx. 10-12 hours per week) 
  •  Create a business growth plan over the course of the program

Webinar

  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Watch this presentation from Randy Kravitz, executive director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Chicagoland from 2018 to learn more about the Chicagoland program.

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses offers a practical business education and a supportive network of peers and advisers—at no cost to participants. Accepted small business owners will learn practical skills to grow their business, including negotiations, marketing, employee management and more. Participants also receive one-on-one business advising and get expert guidance from Goldman Sachs professionals, attorneys and others.

    Chicagoland ASTRA members are encouraged to apply for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program: www.10ksbchicago.com

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses offers a practical business education and a supportive network of peers and advisers—at no cost to participants. Accepted small business owners will learn practical skills to grow their business, including negotiations, marketing, employee management and more. Participants also receive one-on-one business advising and get expert guidance from Goldman Sachs professionals, attorneys and others.

    Chicagoland ASTRA members are encouraged to apply for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program: www.10ksbchicago.com

    Randy Kravitz

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Executive Director

    Randy Kravitz, Interim Executive Director brings a wealth of experience from successful careers in Fortune 500 companies, as well as small business where he is both an owner and consultant. After receiving his BS in Business Administration from Miami University (Ohio) and MBA at Xavier University, Randy worked in key international, product management/development, sales and executive management roles for General Mills Toy Division, American Greetings Corp. and United Stationers Supply Co.

    Randy’s strong connection to international business stems from over 20 years setting up and managing operations throughout the Far East designing and sourcing, then selling consumer products into European, Scandinavian, Australian and North American markets. In addition, he has overseen the acquisition and management of a large corporate division in the Canadian market and directed the activities of a domestic startup into a $350 Million business. In 2006, Randy purchased a small consumer products business in the health and wellness space. He developed new products and marketing programs resulting in successful product placements in resort spas, health centers, day spas and salons across the US.

    Randy joined 10KSB in November 2014 and as Interim Executive Director oversees 10KSB Chicago’s outreach and recruiting; partnerships; curriculum delivery; business support services; and Alumni activities. Outside of 10KSB he is involved with his wife Jeannette in sponsorKIDS Charities, their 501c(3) involved in children’s cultural education and travel activities.