Want to start a business? If you’ve got an idea (and we’ve got several storefronts just waiting to be filled) but need guidance, and, more importantly, money, check out the Brooklyn Public Library’s PowerUP! Business Plan Competition.
Participants have a shot at a $15,000 top prize, but they also get access to free resources and services to help them write a business plan. Participants attend classes at the library on creating business plans, marketing, financial projections, and doing research with Library resources. They are also connected to business counselors in the community. Sponsored by the Citi Foundation, they’ve been running this competition for eight years.
To apply to PowerUP! 2012, you must attend an orientation. Additional details, including the competition rules and the application process, will be supplied at each orientation session. See the list of orientation dates and locations on the BPL site. Online registration for an orientation is recommended.