February 1, 2007

Brooklyn Public Library's (BPL) Business Library announces its fourth annual PowerUP! business plan competition for Brooklyn entrepreneurs with cash prizes totaling $25,000! The first place winner will receive $15,000, with two runners-up each receiving $5,000. Co-sponsored by Citigroup Foundation, PowerUP! gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to strengthen their business knowledge, learn about business trends and gain insights about starting their own companies. PowerUP! also provides an excellent introduction to the vast magnitude of free resources – including a staff of expert Business Librarians – available at BPL's Business Library located at 280 Cadman Plaza West in Brooklyn, NY.

PowerUP! is open to all entrepreneurs starting a new business in Brooklyn. During orientation sessions held at BPL’s Business Library, all entrants will receive instruction on writing business plans, financing businesses, and using free research tools available at BPL's Business Library. To be eligible to apply, you must be a U.S. citizens 18 years or older and attend one of the following PowerUP! orientation sessions:

Thursday, March 1, 8:30 AM
Tuesday, March 6, 6 PM
Tuesdays, March 13, 6 PM
Thursday, March 15, 8:30 AM
Thursday, April 5, 8:30 AM

To register for orientation, please call 718.623.7000, Option # 4 or visit

After attending one orientation session, applicants have until April 13, 2007 to submit their applications. A panel of esteemed judges will review each contestant’s plans. All winners will be announced in January 2008 in a formal awards ceremony hosted by BPL and PowerUP! sponsor Citigroup Foundation.

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