The Black and Latino Urban Entrepreneurship - Retail Acceleration Program (BLUE-RAP)

The Black and Latino Urban Entrepreneurship - Retail Acceleration Program (BLUE-RAP) is an exclusive program designed specifically for Black and Latino entrepreneurs who:

  1. currently operate a retail or restaurant business in New Jersey and
  2. are interested in opening a new retail store or restaurant


Program Overview

Participants accepted to this program will:

  • Gain business management skills to successfully expand their business operations and financial growth that will result in business expansion and the possibility of opening additional locations
  • Receive personal/individual business and financial coaching
  • Visit two retail locations that successfully have created a robust infrastructure of continuous improvement and financial growth
  • Opportunity to have Rutgers Business School students work on helping the participant solve a business problem
  • Become part of the Rutgers CUEED network

For more information about BLUE-RAP click here.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Have an existing retail or restaurant business (operational for at least 3 years)
  • Business is located in New Jersey, preferably Hudson or Essex County
  • BLUE-RAP is targeted towards Black and Latino small business owners, however all business owners will be considered.



Applications are now being accepted for the program. Click here to apply.

Application deadline is January 30.


BLUE-RAP is funded by generous grants made by the following corporations:

BLUE-RAP is a partnership between The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers Business School and Save Latin America, a New Jersey based non-profit organization (SLA).