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

Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

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

Information Session

Learn more about BLUE-RAP by attending an information session. The next information session is on January 23 at 9:30am at the Mary McLeod Bethune Life Center, 140 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City. Please RSVP at cueed@business.rutgers.edu or 973-353-5987.

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
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Application

Applications are now being accepted for the program. 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).