Bed-Stuy Bookstore Among Winners Of Library Business Contest

BROOKLYN, NY — A plan for a new bookstore in Bed-Stuy and several other Brooklyn business ideas got a boost this week thanks to Brooklyn Public Library’s annual PowerUp! competition, the library announced.

The library, which is in its 17th year of the business plan contest, revealed winners Tuesday for the $40,000 in awards and seed money to aspiring entrepreneurs from across the borough.

This year’s competition came with particular significance given the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus crisis, a similar environment to when PowerUp first launched its mission of nurturing entrepreneurs after the devastation of 9/11.