American Specialty Toy Retailing Association

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Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

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.

Market expansion and industry viability are two key areas of ASTRA’s strategic plan. ASTRA’s goal is to create nominating partnerships with all eleven Goldman Sachs programs across the United States in California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Utah to support these goals.

Chicagoland ASTRA members are encouraged to apply for the next Goldman Sachs cohort. Click “Apply Now” by February 7, 2018 to be considered for the 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.

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