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Every successful business got its start somewhere – are you ready to take the first step? PowerUP!, Brooklyn Public Library’s annual Business Plan Competition, is back for its fourteenth year, which means you’re this close to making your business dreams a reality.

Since 2003, Brooklyn’s aspiring entrepreneurs have turned to the Library’s PowerUP! program to get their business ideas off the ground. Participants meet for free with a business counselor and attend workshops to determine their next steps. In addition, the Library provides access to a ton of resources to help write a business plan, develop a marketing strategy and find elusive financing.

Did we mention the cash prizes? This is a competition, after all. Write the best business plan; win the top prize of $15,000. Simple! More than $300,000 has been awarded to past winners.

PowerUP! alumni include Redbeard Bikes in Dumbo, Prospect Heights’ Mermaid’s Garden, and Argyle Yarn Shop in Windsor Terrace. Borough mainstays like Bogota Bistro and Greenlight Bookstore are also previous competition winners who launched their businesses thanks to the Library. How’s that for some inspiration?

To participate, you must attend one of three remaining orientation sessions. Sign up online for one of the remaining sessions this Thursday, March 23, Wednesday, March 29 or Friday, April 10 at branches across Brooklyn.

Check out the Brooklyn Public Library website for more details, and remember to register—it’s the first step you need to take to PowerUP! your business.

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02/25/16 1:12pm

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You know those “I’m a genius!” business ideas that you’re always jotting down? The ones you’re convinced will be your ticket to greener pastures? It’s time to dust them off! Brooklyn Public Library’s annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition is back for its thirteenth year, which means you’re this close to finally bringing your business dreams to life.

Since 2003, PowerUP! has been helping Brooklyn entrepreneurs build businesses and realize long-held dreams. In addition to workshops to help you figure out what’s needed to get your business started, the Library gives you access to a ton of resources so you can write that business plan, develop a marketing strategy for your idea or product and find elusive financing. And to aim you in the right direction, you meet for free with a business counselor who helps keep your mission on track.

The best part? Cold, hard start-up cash. This is a competition, after all. Write the best business plan; win the top prize of $15,000. Simple! Courtesy of Citi Foundation, more than $300,000 has been awarded to past winners.

PowerUP! alumni include Redbeard Bikes in Dumbo, Crown Heights’ Owl and Thistle General Store and Argyle Yarn Shop in Windsor Terrace. Borough mainstays like Bogota Bistro and Greenlight Bookstore are also previous competition winners who launched their businesses thanks to the Library. How’s that for some inspiration?

To participate, you must attend an orientation session. Sign up online for one of the remaining sessions at branches across Brooklyn. Check out the Brooklyn Public Library website for more details, and remember to register—you might not get a better chance to build your business.

03/26/14 10:00am

PowerUP_BrooklynBased_640pxIf you fantasize about becoming your own boss, now is the time to realize your dream. Brooklyn Public Library’s annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition is back to offer one lucky Brooklynite $15,000 in start-up cash–plus more cash awards ranging from $5,000 to $500 for winning business plans. All you need to do to throw your hat in the ring is register and attend one of the two remaining orientation sessions. Then comes the fun part: The library helps you figure out what’s needed to get your business off the ground, and offers you access to a ton of resources so you can write a winning business plan, develop a marketing strategy for your idea or product and, importantly, find a way to bankroll your dream. And best of all, a business counselor will help you keep your eyes on the prize. Orientations run through April 12.

02/27/14 11:50am

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Brooklyn Public Library’s annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition just turned ten! For the past decade, BPL has proudly supported Brooklyn entrepreneurs, and through PowerUP!, has helped launch over 55 businesses and realize countless long-held dreams. This is the borough of innovation, so now it’s your turn to dream up ideas and build your business plan at the Library.

In addition to workshops to help you figure out what you need to get your business started, the Library gives you access to resources so you can write that business plan, develop a marketing strategy for your idea or product and find financing. And to aim you in the right direction, you’ll meet for free with a business counselor who helps keep your mission on track. (more…)

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