2011-09-09 / Community

StartUP! Business Competition Seeks Entrepreneurs


The Sixth Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition, a 10-week challenge/ instruction course that will award three businesses $10,000 each, was announced at a special ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Seen in photo are (from left) Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein; QEDC Director of Business Services Franklin Mora; Citi Community Officer for Queens Rei Perez; City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer; and Queens Library CEO Thomas W. Galante. (photo: Rob MacKay) The Sixth Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition, a 10-week challenge/ instruction course that will award three businesses $10,000 each, was announced at a special ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Seen in photo are (from left) Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein; QEDC Director of Business Services Franklin Mora; Citi Community Officer for Queens Rei Perez; City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer; and Queens Library CEO Thomas W. Galante. (photo: Rob MacKay) The Queens Economic Development Corporation, the Queens Library and the Citi Foundation officially kicked off the Sixth Annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition this week.

The 10-week challenge/instruction course will award three businesses $10,000 each, while providing technical assistance and training on how to start a small business and entrepreneurial resources to all participants. This year, contestants will attend orientations at one of six community libraries in Queens throughout the month of September, before undergoing training at the Central Library in Jamaica, starting September 14.

“Citi is once again pleased to support the 6th Annual StartUp! competition with a $50,000 grant from the Citi Foundation,” said Rei Perez, Citi Community Officer for Queens. “The Citi Foundation supports several competitions throughout New York City to encourage innovation among entrepreneurs and create jobs in communities where they are needed most.”

“We are extremely happy to offer StartUP! again,” said QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein. “Since the QEDC was founded in 1977, Citi has been a staunch supporter of our programs. The annual Start Up competition reinforces Citi’s commitment to those seeking to start a small business.”

“Queens Library has so many resources to help businesses grow and succeed. We are pleased to be a StartUP! partner again. We have so much that helps businesses thrive, from free technology training and free computers to use, to books, videos and databases that help with basic skills, such as how to write a marketing plan or to how to do bookkeeping,” said Thomas W. Galante, CEO, Queens Library.

The kick-off ceremony took place at QEDC’s Entrepreneur Space at 36-46 37 Street in Long Island City. The Entrepreneur Space offers a round-theclock commercial kitchen where food makers, caterers and bakers can test their recipes, manufacture in bulk and train new employees.

Winners of last year’s StartUP! contest included Borough Excursions, a Flushingbased tour company that takes patrons to the outer boroughs, where they explore New York City’s hidden gems; and Treasure Trunx, a Jackson Heights-based lingerie company that provides comfortable underwear for shapely women.

StartUP! receives generous support from the Queens Chamber of Commerce, Webline Designs and GROVO, an online education and training platform.

Note: Those interested in finding out more about the StartUP! contest or the Entrepreneur Space are invited to log onto www.queensny.org.

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