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By Brooklyn Public Library
Win $20,000 to start your own business in Brooklyn! Enter our annual PowerUP! competition to gain valuable financial and marketing skills, learn from local business mentors, and compete for our biggest cash prize ever to help fund your dream.
You must be 18 years of age or older, live in Brooklyn and plan to start a business in Brooklyn. Participants must attend an orientation to apply.
Since 2003, we have nurtured 8,750 individuals with over 1,150 business plans and awarded more than $450,000 to Brooklyn entrepreneurs. Our success stories include more than 80 companies with passion for food and drink, health and wellness, arts and crafts, media and fashion, education, social justice, and cultural diversity –everything that makes Brooklyn great.
Some early winners, like Bogota Latin Bistro and Greenlight Bookstore, have become local institutions, while recent winners hope to be the next generation of Brooklyn destinations.
In the spirit of the Library, we welcome all Brooklyn residents. Among our 2019 participants, 27% are immigrants/foreign-born, 67% are women, and 80% have never owned a business.
Workers’ World Today is a free publication that empowers all workers, regardless of social or political affiliations. Distributed throughout New York City, our paper has a mission to educate workers and provide them with relevant information pertinent to the workforce such as workers’ compensation, discrimination on the job, workers’ rights, and more.