PowerUP! 20th Anniversary

2023 marks the 20th anniversary of Brooklyn Public Library's PowerUP! Business Plan Competition.

Since 2003, PowerUP! has nurtured 10,575 individuals with over 1,350 business plans and awarded more than $600,000 in cash and in-kind gifts to Brooklyn entrepreneurs. Our success stories include more than 100 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. 

20th Anniversary Video: The Prize is in the Process

PowerUP! Success Stories

Green in BKLYN
Green in BKLYN, 2009 PowerUP! Winner

Meet Elissa Olin, owner of Green in BKLYN, a retail shop located in the Clinton Hill/Fort Greene area. It offers a one-stop shop where people who’d like to live an eco-friendly lifestyle—and those who already do—can find information and products to easily green their home and lives. greeninbklyn.com

Terrart NYC
Terrart NYC, 2021 PowerUP! Winner

Meet Timothy Chu, Charly Uzcategui and Henger Ydrogo, the owners of Terrart NYC. Integrating ecological and artistic concepts, Terrart NYC products are an affordable and easily sustainable alternative for people seeking to stay connected to mother nature. terrartnyc.com

DMC Original Art
DMC Original Art, 2021 PowerUP! Winner

Meet Danielle M. Chery, founder of DMC Original Art, whose mission is to spread the energy of peace and freedom through unique, handcrafted decor pieces and abstract creations. dmcoriginalart.com

Brooklyn Tea
Brooklyn Tea, 2018 PowerUP! Winner

Meet husband and wife team Jamila Wright and official Tea Sommelier Alfonso Wright, the founders of Brooklyn Tea. Headquartered in Bed-Stuy, the company is dedicated to sourcing and curating the highest quality teas from around the globe. brooklyntea.com

Island Pops
Island Pops, 2015 PowerUP! Winner

Meet married couple Khalid Hamid and Shelly Marshall, the owners of Island Pops, a Crown Heights shop that uses tropical ingredients in traditional and innovative ways to deliver a taste of the Caribbean in a cup, cone or on a stick! islandpops.com

The Word Is Change
The Word Is Change, 2020 PowerUP! Winner

Meet Alexander Dwinell, owner of The Word Is Change, a Bed-Stuy bookstore that sells used and new books, hosts readings and meetings, buys books for resale, and supports visual artists. thewordischange.com

 

Upcoming Events

Pace SBDC Business Counseling @ BPL

Thu, Jun 20 10:00am
Central Library, Business & Career Center

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Beginning January 4, 2024, the Pace University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering weekly, free, in-person one-to-one business advisement at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Business & Career Center!

These Business Advisement sessions are available to existing…

Update Your Skills with Metrix Learning

Thu, Jun 20 6:00pm
Central Library

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Learning online is an effective and convenient way to enhance your skills. With Metrix Learning, you will have access to self-paced, expert approved training for 180 days at NO COST to you! Please join this webinar to learn more about the 7,000+ courses Metrix Learning has available and how you…

Want to Become MWBE Certified? Join Our Clinic!

Thu, Jun 20 6:00pm
Brooklyn Heights Library, Multipurpose Room

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The City spends up to $20 billion per year on goods and services. Getting certified will help you compete for these opportunities and access exclusive programs to help your small business grow.

Join our clinic and learn about:

Certification program overviewRegistering in the Payee…

New Lots Literacy Zone Career Fair

Fri, Jun 21 11:00am
New Lots Learning Center

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Join us for our Career Fair! It will occur on the second floor of the New Lots branch (665 New Lots Ave) and will feature employers, college, and trade programs, also a number of local organizations that are providing workforce readiness related resources.

Please note that our…

SimplyAnalytics for Business

Tue, Jun 25 4:00pm
Central Library, Business & Career Center

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SimplyAnalytics is a mapping, visualization, and data analytics application that makes it easy for anyone to create maps, charts, and reports using thousands of demographic, business & consumer behavior data variables including census data, consumer expenditure data, Claritas PRIZM…

SBDC Workshop

Thu, Jun 27 10:00am
New Utrecht, J Meeting Room

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Join Joe Muller from SBDC for a workshop about the Basic Elements of a Business Plan.

 

Registration Encouraged. 

Pace SBDC Business Counseling @ BPL

Thu, Jun 27 10:00am
Central Library, Business & Career Center

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Beginning January 4, 2024, the Pace University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering weekly, free, in-person one-to-one business advisement at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Business & Career Center!

These Business Advisement sessions are available to existing…

Business Office Hours / 小企业 商业咨询 w/ Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Mon, Jul 1 10:30am
Sunset Park, Meeting Room 2

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Join us for a collaboration with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce! Come get help applying for resources for your business, including financing, marketing, business strategies, and more. We offer services in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can be made here:…

Market Research Simplified! Researching Your Industry

Mon, Jul 8 6:00pm
Central Library, Dweck Center

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Learn how to size your industry, identify major players and research future trends using library resources in this in-person presentation!

Market Research Simplified!
Entrepreneurs, are you writing a business plan? Attend this series and learn how to use electronic resources to…

Create A LinkedIn Profile, That Stands Out!

Thu, Jul 11 1:00pm
Central Library, Business & Career Center, Event Room

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Is your LinkedIn account not getting much attention? Maybe you don't have an account yet! Or maybe you never truly figured out how to make it work for you. 

No worries at this workshop, not only will you learn how to effectively use LinkedIn, but we will also…

PowerUP! By the Numbers

PowerUP 20th anniversary

  • Total number of winners: 183
  • Prize money awarded: more than $600,000
  • PowerUP! companies by industry:
    • Hospitality: 34%
    • Retail: 13%
    • Media: 11.7%
    • Fashion & Beauty: 11.7%
    • Arts & Crafts: 8.4%
    • Education: 7.8%
    • Wellness: 7.3%
    • Service: 2.8%
    • Pet Care: 1.7%
    • Social Justice/Cultural Diversity: 1.1%

 

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