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A Department of labor blog post authored by Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. In his post, Dr. David Michael announces new OSHA reporting requirements:
A U.S. Small Business Administration blog post authored by Marco Carbajo. Marco is a business credit expert, author, speaker, and founder of the Business Credit Insiders Circle.

New York StartUP! 2015 Business Plan Competition

New York StartUp! 2015 Business Plan Competition
Win up to $15,000 to start your business!

Read the press release

The New York Public Library in conjunction with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, is proud to announce the 6th Annual New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition for New York-based startup entrepreneurs with cash prizes totaling over $30,000.

Entrants gain practical insights about starting and growing a business, while using the comprehensive small business resources at NYPL’s Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL).


  • You must be 18 years of age or older, live in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island as a legal resident or US citizen, and wish to start a business in Manhattan, The Bronx, or Staten Island.  See Rules and Eligibility.
  • Start Ups Only.   All businesses must have ideas or business models in the start-up phase. Operating businesses that have earned more than $10,000 in revenue are not eligible to enter the competition.
  • This competition is for For–Profit Businesses ONLYNon-profits are NOT eligible. 


To Enter the Competition:

  1. Create an account on the NY StartUP! 2015 site on FluidReview.
  2. Submit an entry form on the NY StartUP! 2015 site on FluidReview by midnight, Tuesday, February 3,  2015
    Note: Creating an account doesn't mean you've submitted an entry form. If you previously participated in the 2014 New York StartUP! Competition your name may already be in the Review Room site and you will need to reset your password.

Your entry form must include the type of business you plan to start.

StartUP! Entrants:  Plans are due no later than June 9, 2015 at midnight.  
Please upload your plan in PDF format to the NY StartUP! Fluid Review site.


1st Place Award: $15,000
2nd Place Award: $7,500 
3rd Place Award: $5,000  
4th Place Award: $1,500  
5th Place Award: $1,500  

2014 Winners announced - view the details or watch the video below.



Read about the 2013 Winners and Finalists!

Video of the 2013 New York Start Up! Winners

Previous competition winners:

StartUP 2012 Winners and Finalists below:

First place $15,000 - Dwayne Samuel, R.N., Esq. and Jason Funes, JD for a business plan to create Curatio HCS, a full-service home health care agency in the Bronx.
Second place $7,500 Bernice Mast and Richard J. Becker for their plan to create Wheatless and Meatless, gluten-free vegan burger mixes and meal starters.
Third place 5,000 Rina Mansukhani and Christi Helsel for iEvoke, a plan to create a line of products that uses the powerful connection between scent and memory.
Runner-up : $1,500 Jean-Pierre Adechi of Wheelie
Runner-up : $1,500 Monica Sharma and Kim Nguyen of Runway Exchange

Read about the 2012 winners in Upstart Business Journal 

New York StartUp! 2012 Finalists:
Jean-Pierre Adechi
Case Carpenter
Regina Clark  
Kurt Franz
Rina Mansukhani
Bernice Mast
Dwayne Lloyd Samuel
Monica Sharma
Precious L. Williams, Esq
Shaunte L. Williams

2012 New York Start Up! Winners!

Read about the 2012 finalists.

Start UP! 2011 Competition - Read about 2011 winners. Link to list of 2011 winners and judges
View a list of the finalists for the 2011 competition.View a video of 2011 Winners (bottom of page) 

Watch a Video about 2010 winners (1st annual competition, 2010) 

New York Start Up Business Plan Competition 2011 Winners
October 5, 2011

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Blueprint for your Business Future

Blueprint for Your Business Future: Succession Planning Workshops for Immigrant Entrepreneurs

Immigrant-owned businesses too often lack a succession plan to continue operating when the owner retires, dies suddenly, or is forced to stop working because of personal issues.  Rather than being sold for fair market value, these businesses abruptly close their doors.  Neighborhoods lose out and workers lose jobs. 

“Blueprint” is a set of six 3-hour workshops on Succession Planning which cover:

Transition Planning - Why Plan Now?
Anticipate unexpected circumstances • Find the best strategy for you •Avoid costly expenses and taxes

Selling your Business  
How to make a smart sale • Understand the sales process •Locate trustworthy sales professionals • How to find qualified buyers 

Business Valuation – How Much is Your Business Worth? 
Determine the value of your business • Common valuation approaches • Steps you can take to increase the value of your business

Legal and Accounting Issues
Structure a business to minimize taxes • Deal with regulatory and legal issues • Organize legal and financial documents 

Transferring Ownership
Who will take over? • Select and train successors • Understand the role of the family • Manage the transition smoothly

Estate Planning
Continue business operations after owner’s death • Minimize taxes during business transition •  Optimize benefits to family members

These interactive sessions will be offered at
Brooklyn Public Library, Business & Career Library, 280 Cadman Plaza West,  starting February 10,  2015;  
Start date for workshops 
at the 
Queens Library at Flushing, 41-17 Main Street is March 9, 2015.  
Sessions will be held every other week.  Please email with any questions. 

Click  here for information about the dynamic workshop instructor, Barbara Roberts, with forty years of experience helping small businesses reach next stage growth.   Click to the application

Email with questions and  an application for this innovative program. 

Download the flyer

Blueprint is funded through THRIVE, a program of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.


Elements of A Business Plan - New York StartUP! 2015 Business Plan Competition

Win up to $15,000 To Start Your Own Business

What is a Business Plan?
The Business Plan is perhaps the most important document an entrepreneur can create. The Business Plan helps guide the direction of the company's first several years in business and gives potential investors an idea of the company structure, goals, and future plans. Companies at all levels of success create business plans. It is a working document that should be updated on quarterly or yearly basis.

The following business plan template is adapted from Rhonda Abrams,  Successful Business Plan.

SIBL and other libraries have many other business planning resources which you should consult.

The Business Plan template linked here should be used as the format for your Business Plan:

Business Plan Template (PDF)

Business Plan Template (Word)

Use this schedule to stay on track with your plan development:

Business Plan Development Schedule (PDF)

Business Plans must be uploaded to the NY StartUP! 2015 Competition site no later than midnight on June 9, 2015. 


NY StartUP! 2015 Business Plan Competition: Orientation Sessions

NY StartUP! 2015 Business Plan Competition Orientation Dates

Seating is on a first come, first seated basis unless otherwise noted.  No pre-registration required.


Link to Orientation Slides


Note: schedule is subject to change - please check back for updates.

Schedule subject to change. Please check back for updates.


Business Advisory Groups

The groups listed below can provide one-on-one advisory session(s) to applicants of the New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition. 

Entrants in the competition are required to meet at least once with a business advisor while developing their business plans.  We recommend more than one meeting as you begin to develop your business plan. Please call in advance to schedule an appointment and let the advisor know that you are in the SIBL NY Start UP Competition. Bring a written outline of your business idea and concepts for your business when you go to the first meeting with a business advisor.

At the first and any subsequent meetings, ask the advisor to sign off on the verification sheet to verify the appointment and provide any follow up instructions or feedback on your plan. Entrants are not limited to the advisory groups listed here. 

SCORE NYC, New York City Chapter of SCORE, Resource Partner of U.S. Small Business Administration

SIBL Branch Office: 188 Madison Avenue, Room 49, SIBL’s Lower Level, (212)592-7033
Make appointments onsite or call for an appointment.

SCORE's Main office, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 3100, New York, NY 10278, (212)264- 4507

BRONX OFFICE, 851 Grand Concourse, Room 123, (718) 590-6252
Telephone for appointment. Note limited hours: Thursday Only: 10 am– 4 pm

To make an appointment at the main office or one of SCORE’s other branches, please contact

NYC counselors are retired/semi-retired business owners and managers. We provide free counseling services to small business owners and individuals looking to start small businesses. Counseling services include working closely with small business entrepreneurs on business plans, financing and financial projections, start-up planning, marketing and management issues, and many other related subjects.        

SCORE mentors regularly provide mentoring services to entrants in business plans competitions sponsored by SIBL and several NYC universities. When you make an appointment, mention that you are a StartUP! entrant. For more detailed information about SCORE NYC and a comprehensive listing of the experience and expertise of our 70+ business counselors, please go to our web site at

Baruch College SBDC
55 Lexington Ave., Suite 2-140
New York, NY 10010-2318
Center phone (646) 312-4790;  Center Fax: (646) 312-4781
Email Address:
Hours of operation: Mon–Fri.  9:00 am–5:00 pm
The SBDC at Baruch is served by 4 counselors as well as 7 interns, MBA candidates who can review financial projections and provide technical assistance. The SBDC also taps the expertise of 8 Baruch College faculty as needed. The SBDC staff has agreed to advise New York StartUP! entrants and is open to follow-up meetings to review progress on B-plans. No walk-ins.  Please call 646-312-4790 for an initial appointment. Please state that you have been referred by SIBL.

Chinatown Manpower Project/Business Outreach Center 
Entrepreneurial Assistance Program
70 Mulberry Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10002
212-571-1698, ext. 248

Pace University SBDC
163 William Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY, 10038
(212) 618-6655
Email Address:
Hours of operation: 9:00 am–5:00 pm, weekdays
The Pace SBDC is staffed by 2 full-time professionals who are former bankers, and 3 graduate students at the Lubin School of Business. Please call or email for an initial appointment. Mention that you are an entrant in SIBL's New York StartUP! competition.

Columbia-Harlem SBDC 
3022 Broadway, Room 310 Uris
New York, NY, 10027
Director: Kaaryn Nailor Simmons
Center: (212)854-6444
Email Address:
The Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center offers workshops and one-on-one counseling to new and existing businesses at no charge. Among other things, we help our clients understand the importance of a business plan, discover sources of funding, prepare for e-commerce, develop marketing plans, assess an invention’s viability, and comply with licensing and regulations.
Located in Columbia Business School, the center is committed to supporting the economic sustainability of all New Yorkers—one business at a time. Please call or email for an appointment and mention that you are in SIBL's New York Start Up business plan competition.
Project Enterprise
144 W. 125th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY, 10027
Telepone: (212)678-6734
Fax: (212)678-6737
Our office is located inside the Studio Museum of Harlem between Lenox Ave. and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. across from the state office building.
Bronx-Lehman College SBDC 
Lehman College Campus
250 Bedford Park Blvd., West OG 007
Bronx, NY, 10468-1589
Lehman College SBDC works with start-ups; about 75% of our clients are start-up firms. Services are bi-lingual (English and Spanish.) Appointments are required; please call for appointment at (718)960-8806.
Clarence Stanley, Director
Center: (718)960-8806, (718)960-8697
Fax: (718)960-7340

Bronx Women's Business Resource Center (BWBRC)
355 Food Center Drive, Suite C-104
Bronx, New York, 10474
Director: George Acevedo (718) 842 1717, ext. 225,  Fax: (718) 842-6592
The Bronx Women's Business Resource Center is staffed by 2 full-time professionals and 3 interns who are MBA candidates at Monroe College. Our counselors and interns include former bankers, business professionals, and entrepreneurs. The BWBRC also taps the expertise of Monroe College faculty as needed. We work closely with aspiring entrepreneurs, both men and women. Please call or email for an initial appointment and mention that you are entrants in SIBL's StartUP! business plan competition. Please visit our website:

South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO)
555 Bergen Ave. 3rd Floor
Bronx NY, 10455
Director of Economic Development and Business Services: Lourdes Zapata
Main: (718)292-3113, Fax: (718)292-6645, Email:
SoBRO is a non-profit organization helping aspiring entrepreneurs start their own businesses and provide existing and newly established small businesses with workshops and technical assistance to help them successfully compete in the marketplace. SoBRO employs seven business service professionals, as well as several interns and expert volunteers. SoBRO also has a vast partner network of business professionals from lawyers to real estate brokers to help assist the development of local businesses. SoBRO’s staff has agreed to advise SIBL’s StartUP entrants and are available for technical assistance and business plan reviews. No walk-ins; please call 718-292-3113 for an initial appointment and state that you are an entrant in SIBL’s StartUP business plan competition.

Staten Island SBDC:
College Of Staten Island
2800 Victory Blvd., Building 2A Rm. 300
Staten Island, NY, 10314-9806
Center: (718)982-2560
Fax: (718)982-2323
Director: Dean Balsamini
Advisors are available at CSI from 9 am–5 pm (Mon–Fri), by appointment, to provide one-on-one counseling as often and as long as the client needs. Free, confidential services. Please call 718-982-2560 to set up an appointment, and also mention that you are are part of the SIBL competition. Our advisors are experienced professionals with extensive backgrounds in business counseling, marketing, finances, commercial lending, etc., and will assist start-ups and established businesses on their journey to achieve a successful business enterprise.

West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation (WBCLDC)
Women’s Business Center, Staten Island
705 Forest Avenue, 2nd Floor, Rear
Staten Island, NY, 103010
Phone: (718) 816-4775
Fax: (718) 816-7234
Executive Director: Loretta Cauldwell
The West Brighton Community Local Development Corporation (WBCLDC) offers workshops and one-on-one counseling to new and existing businesses at no charge. We are a designated SBA Women’s Business Center satellite office and NYC M/WBE Leadership Association organization funded by New York City Council on Staten Island. We work closely with aspiring entrepreneurs, startups and small business owners both men and women.  Appointments are required; please call or email our office to make an appointment.

WIBO (Workshop in Business Opportunities)
245 West 17th Street, Floor 11
New York, New York, 10011
Phone: (212)684-0854, Ext. 0538
Fax: (212)684-1096
The WIBO Business Advisory Service is available to StartUp! entrants who are in the latter stages of drafting their business plan or have completed a plan for review. WIBO advisors offer first-rate counsel and have over 20 years of experience consulting entrepreneurs. Qualified entrants can meet for a 30-minute session with a WIBO Advisor and up to two follow-up sessions as needed. Please call or email to schedule an appointment.

About the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL)

The Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) is a premier public business library with comprehensive print materials, electronic resources, and services for start-ups and established businesses seeking expansion, and for job seekers from entry to executive levels. Library staff provide roving assistance and research consultations. Advisory services are offered on-site by experienced business owners, career coaches, certified financial planners and financial fitness coaches. Contact us.

What Can You Do at SIBL?

  • Reserve a free small meeting room. Use a small group meeting room for business research, study groups, client meetings or interviews and networking
  • Get help with your research: At SIBL, go to the Altman Reference Desk on lower level to speak with a librarian. Need to find information for a business plan? Find companies to invest in or do historical research for a book, article or other creative project? Our librarians can guide you. If you need more help, you can also make an appointment with a librarian
  • SIBL collections focus on business, small business, finance and investments, industry and technology. Librarians can help you find the business and financial data you need, and can assist in finding government information including patents and trademarks, census and trade data, and historical reports such as Senate hearings or legislative information
  • Access research collections onsite: As one of four research libraries of the New York Public Library, SIBL's collections are stored onsite and offsite. If you need older print volumes or microformats for please check the catalog to request materials in advance of your visit. Newer materials are onsite in print or electronic format
  • Access premium databases onsite including Bloomberg, Emerging Markets, Mintel, E-Marketer, First Research, Reference USA and D&B Directories, Plunkett's, Simply Map, Statistical Insight and more. Ask our staff!
  • Learn: Take a class or attend an evening program​
  • Start a business, or write a business plan at the library!
  • Read: research collections are for onsite use only, but books to borrow are also available at SIBL
  • Interlibrary loan is available through SIBL
  • Ask a librarian if you need books or journals which are not in the library's collections—we can make referrals to other libraries through a METRO card.

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Historical Information about SIBL

SIBL's Mission Statement, May 1996: The Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), one of the specialized centers of The New York Public Library, commits its exceptional resources and expertise to providing open access to information in support of education, research, and entrepreneurial activities. Taking a leadership role, SIBL:

  • delivers innovative information and education services that anticipate the needs of the center's constituents.
  • accelerates access to networked information in science and business and provides education to encourage the public's use of digital technologies.
  • builds on the breadth and depth of its global science and business collections within the context of the service program and new models of access.
  • assists the public and fellow staff with information that is responsive, timely, and accurate.
  • collaborates with external organizations and businesses to expand services which extend the Library's resources and enable SIBL to serve a larger audience.
  • sustains an environment for the staff that nurtures creative thinking and problem solving and encourages staff development.
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