New Start Entrepreneurship Incubator – funded by Google in partnership with the American Library Association

The New Start Entrepreneurship Incubator is a six month program designed to help community members who have served time in jail or prison to create their own business. With this initiative, GCPL hopes to provide returning citizens with the tactics and tools to develop a small business and overcome barriers to professional success. Participants will receive assistance with developing business ideas, learn what is needed to run a successful business, and receive one on one support from successful entrepreneurs and business experts.

The library anticipates serving 10-30 individuals through two, six-month cohorts, with each cohort having no more than 15 participants. Each month a small business development program will be offered to participants in conjunction with GCPL’s partners. Participants will be matched with an experienced entrepreneur mentor. The program will also include classes, in-person and online, and a laptop and wifi hotspot for each participant for the duration of the program.

The January class is now full, but you may apply for the next session. Applicants chosen to participate in the next session (begins July 1) will be contacted by phone or email later in 2021.