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5th Annual Business Plan Competition

Welcome to the Harlem Business Alliance's Business Plan Competition information page.

***Please note the competition has ended. This year's winner was Charmaine DaCosta, owner of Limation!

Purpose: The Harlem Business Alliance (HBA) Business Plan Competition seeks to cultivate original business concepts that will lead to the development of new enterprises and expansion of existing businesses within Upper Manhattan (north of 110th Street).    

Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be 18 years or older, a legal resident or US citizen;
  • An Upper Manhattan resident living above 110th Street who is interested in opening a for-profit start-up business in Harlem; or
  • An owner of an existing for-profit business located in Upper Manhattan with revenues under $500,000. 


  • Grand Cash Prize of $5,000

Previous Winners:

4th Annual HBA Business Plan Competition Winner:
Brenda and Aaron Beener, Seasoned Vegan

3rd Annual HBA Business Plan Competition Winner:
Precious Williams, Curvy Girlz Lingerie


This competition is sponsored by



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