ASTRA Academy

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. 

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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)


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


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


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