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Business Planning Guide: Entrepreneurship / PowerUP!

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This podcast is a series of conversations with the creators of some of the world's leading companies and brands on how they made it, including all of their trials and tribulations as well as their successes.

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The PowerUP! Business Plan Competition

PowerUP! strives to provide pivotal resources and funding to support the small business dreams of local entrepreneurs. Since its inception in 2003, applicants from every Brooklyn neighborhood have taken advantage of the tools and the structure the competition offers. As of 2019, the competition has helped participants to develop 1159 business plans and awarded seed money to 141 entrepreneurs. More than half of these have gone into business. In total, the competition has infused Brooklyn's economy with $450,000 in seed capital.

Watch the video above to learn how PowerUP! has helped local entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Find more details about the PowerUP! Competition and how to enter at

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SBS Online Course Series

The NYC Department of Small Business Services’ (SBS) free online course series is designed to help entrepreneurs at all stages and from all industries to start and grow successful businesses.

Small business owners can apply now to join an upcoming online course and will be connected to a course series through Coursera, which hosts business courses developed by the world’s best universities. Participants can choose course series related to the following topics:

  • Building Your Own Business.
  • Operating & Financing Your Business.
  • Mastering Marketing & Sales.
  • Managing & Leading People.
  • Achieving Your Growth Potential.

Learn more and apply.

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