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Big Up to PowerUP!

Apr 18, 2008 9:30 AM | 0 comments

Hot dogs on the beach? A moving staircase? Barbicide? Believe it or not, there was a time when these ideas sounded crazy, but they turned into serious cash for the Brooklyn entrepreneurs who came up with them. Think you’ve got the next million dollar business idea? If you live in Brooklyn, enter Brooklyn Public Library’s Fifth Annual PowerUP! Busines Plan Competition, and compete for the grand prize of $15,000 in start-up capital. 


Past winners include Park Slope’s Bogota restaurant and hip baby tee makers
Tot Stops. If you’re still not buying it (even though there’s no cost to enter), listen to what Tot Stops co-founder Jessica Sequinot had to say about her PowerUP! experience:


“Believe it or not, I will say the most rewarding part of the contest is the knowledge and the contacts I acquired at my library. The business plan that I wrote was so thorough that anybody could open it up tomorrow and run my business.


“The library’s panel of judges consisted of different professionals throughout Brooklyn who have opened doors for my business that would probably not have opened otherwise. If you have a dream of opening a business, do something every day to achieve that dream, and visit your local library.”


For more information, and to sign up for a PowerUP! orientation session, click over to BPL’s Business Library website.


Hot dogs, anyone?


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