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Business Planning Guide: Entrepreneurship / PowerUP!

Virtual Reference

Need help from Brooklyn Public Library's Business & Career Center?

  • Email with a Librarian for answers to your small business, career help & personal finance questions
  • Request a 1-on-1 Book a Librarian appointment for personalized research support and tutoring sessions on using our print and online resources
  • Visit the Business & Career Center on the 2nd floor of the Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
  • Call the Business & Career Center at 718-968-7275 during the hours Central Library is open.

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

2019 PowerUP! Sponsors