Business & Career Center

PowerUP! Winners

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Wondering What it Takes to be a PowerUP! Winner?
Following are highlights from a collection of PowerUP! success stories
For a complete list of winners through 2014, click here.

Bogota Latin Bistro
141 Fifth Avenue 718-230-3805

  • Opened in 2005 to great reviews
  • Grossed over 4 millions dollars by 2008
  • Now retailing their delicious Aji Sauce
  • Made the Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Companies

Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy, Sports and Orthopedic Rehabilitation
190 Union Avenue 718-387-7420

  • Used their PowerUP! Business plan to secure a loan
  • Average over 100 patients/week
  • Celebrated 6 year anniversary January 16, 2011 and still going strong

Brooklyn Creative League, Workspace for Independent Professionals
540 President Street 718-576-2104

  • Completed renovation in May 2009 and expanded in 2010
  • Signed up over 60 members in first 6 months
  • Offer affordable, "green" office space, plus an array of events

Common Grounds, A Community Coffee Shop
376 Tompkins Avenue 718-484-4368

  • Opened 2007 with the help of a grant from Neighborhood Housing Service
  • Featured in April 2008 issue of Black Enterprise
  • Dedicated to her community, Tremaine ran for City Council

Green in BKLYN, An Eco-friendly Home Goods & Gift Shop
432 Myrtle Avenue 718-855-4383

  • Opened Green in BKLYN on Earth Day 2009
  • Shout outs in the NY Times, Daily News, am New York and more
  • Becoming a significant part of the green life style community

Greenlight Bookstore, An Independent Brooklyn Bookstore
686 Fulton Street 718- 246-0200

  • Raised $70,000 to start up through grassroots Community Lender Program
  • Featured in the New York Times, Daily News, AOL's The Start UP and almost every Brooklyn blog
  • Were packed on opening day, October 24, 2009
  • Selected as a top indie bookstore by New York Magazine

Inside Out Tours, Cultural Tours of Brooklyn

  • Named one of the top ten tour companies by NYC & Company
  • Expanding partnerships with tour companies across the globe
  • Offering Best of Brooklyn tours to travel execs for Brooklyn Tourism Office
  • Handling tours for the Brooklyn Historical Society and MOCADA Museum of Contemporary Diaspora Art

Lark Cafe
1007 Church Avenue 718- 469-0140

  • Opened in July 2012
  • Offers Friday Night Jazz series
  • Space for popular children's programs
  • Has become a Ditmas neighborhood hot spot

Owl & Thistle General Store
720 Franklin Avenue  347-469-0432

  • A shop for local, green and fair-trade items
  • Doors opened in Summer 2011
  • Great reviews on neighborhood blogs
  • Now selling perishables, such as an assortment of Vermont cheeses

Yogasana, Center for Yoga
118 Third Avenue 718-789-7255

  • First PowerUP! winner to open - December 2003
  • Offering a full range of classes, seven days a week
  • New location and new website in 2009
  • Added children's classes recently