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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Business Plans Due SEPTEMBER 10 at 11:59pm 


Turn your business idea into a reality with help from the Library and you may win $15,000 in start up capital. Entrepreneurs throughout Brooklyn are eligible to participate in Brooklyn Public Library's PowerUP! Business Plan Competition. All contestants have access to free resources and services to help them write a business plan. Everyone is a Winner!

Participants attend classes at the Library on creating business plans, marketing, financial projections, and doing market research with Library resources. They are also connected to business counselors in the community.

You must attend an Orientation Session for application details.

Central Library                            
10 Grand Army Plaza                  

Dweck Auditorium                          Info Commons Lab
Saturday, February 18                   Saturday, March 11
9:30 - 11:00 am                              1:00 - 2:30 pm

Dweck Auditorium                          Dweck Auditorium
Wednesday, February 22               Monday, April 10
9:30 - 11:00 am                               6:00 - 7:30 pm

Dweck Auditorium
Wednesday, March 1                    
6:00 - 7:30 pm                                

Red Hook Library                        Ryder Library
7 Wolcott Street                           5902 23rd Avenue

Thursday, March 2                         Thursday, March 23            
6:00 - 7:30 pm                                6:00 - 7:30 pm

Sunset Park Library                    New Utrecht Library
5108 4th Avenue                          1743 86th Street

Wednesday, March 8                     Wednesday, March 29
6:00 - 7:30 pm                                6:00 - 7:30 pm

Over the past thirteen years the competition has fostered the development of a host of new businesses. You may view the list of past winners and read more about them. Join the competition, and you may be on the list next year!

Who Can Enter?

If you are 18 years of age or older, live in Brooklyn and want to start a business in Brooklyn, you are eligible. "PowerUP!" is a competition to help applicants start a business. Additional details, including the competition rules and the application process will be supplied at each orientation session.

What Are the Prizes?

First Place - $15,000
Two Second Place prizes - $5,000
Five Merit Awards - $1000

How Can I Apply?

Applicants must attend one orientation. Details about applying will be supplied at the orientations. 


PowerUP! is brought to you by Brooklyn Public Library's Business & Career Center.