Michigan Avenue and Roosevelt University in the snow

Businesses have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Roosevelt University alumni-owned and -operated small businesses are no exception. Roosevelt University Office of Alumni Relations wanted to help boost business by featuring alumni goods and services in a first-ever holiday gift guide.

The 2020 Holiday Gift Guide spotlights great gift ideas during this season of giving and at the same time supports alumni during challenging economic times.

This season, show some RU love to these businesses:

IMM Global

Morey Manor (MPA ’72)
Offering one free hour of international marketing consultation on global trade issues via Zoom.
Tel Aviv, Israel
Contact: (972) 50 5 332400 or m_manor@netvision.net.il

Rr White & Associates

Richard R. White (BSBA Accounting, '69)
CPA firm specializing in taxation and not-for-profit entities.
Roselle, IL
Contact: rrw.cpa@comcast.net


Jevita Brister (BA Journalism, ’13)
See It, Until It's Beautiful. Where the key to life is an extension of wellness and style. Lifestyle and apparel offered this fall and winter season.
Milwaukee, WI
www.itsbelleview.com and on Instagram
Contact: (414) 305-0235 or Jevitab@gmail.com

Striving Potential Academy

Nyrobi Wheeler (RMU BBA ’06, MBA ’11)
Online self-paced courses in Spanish, French, Italian and Mandarin Chinese and educational e-books available. Offering monthly payments for online courses and $5 discount for e-books.
Contact: (309) 363-5710 or or nyrobiwheelermba@gmail.com

Vivant Gardening Services

Kasey Bersett Eaves (BA Journalism, ’07)
Vivant Gardening Services wants you to achieve your garden goals. Featuring Vivant Gift Cards, which are redeemable for any hourly garden service, consult or only Q&A at our website.
Chicago, IL
Contact: services@vivantgardens.com


Velvetta Young (BA Political Science, ’07)
Specialist in Small Businesses and Families, Director
LegalShield supports small businesses and employees in a variety of ways, i.e., landlord/tenant disagreements, child custody issues, moving violators and unlimited legal advice for the entire family. Call for a free consultation today!
Contact: (708) 606-2379 or y7vel@aol.com

The Sauce Kit, Original and First Hockey Yard Game

Vincent Stellato (RMU BA Business Admin, ’10)
Helps you play hockey everywhere & anywhere. As a family-owned business, we are here to be of service to you the customer and have nothing but the utmost appreciation for your business.
Social media: @hockeysaucekit
Contact: (312) 502-4456 or info@hockeysaucekit.com

Honeyprint LLC

Tamecka Sandifer (BA Computer Science, ’99)
Our online shop offers beautiful personalized stationery, mugs and 2021 calendars available for our holiday shoppers.
Contact: tameckas@hotmail.com

Make It Right: A Donovan Montgomery Thriller

Willie Mae Jackson, MD (MA Psychology, ’09)
Donovan Montgomery is Chicago’s top forensic psychiatrist, an expert on behavioral deviance whose belief in law and order and convincing testimony has locked up the city’s worst criminals. With her latest case, the stakes have never been higher.
Purchase: Amazon

To be featured next year in the 2021 Gift Guide, complete this form with your business info (name, address, phone, website), what your business offers, and any holiday specials. Also include if you will be selling at a pop-up, markets or fairs. High-resolution product and service images and ads are also welcome.

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