The Boston Public Library Fund received a grant from Bernstein Private Wealth Management to extend the Library’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence program to a second year.
Based in the BPL’s Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center (KBLIC) in the Central Library in Copley Square, the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program aims to reduce barriers and advance equity in Boston’s business community. By offering mentoring, workshops, and resources—free of charge—the program empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners to build business plans and develop professional networks.
Boston resident Leonard Tshitenge, the founder of Consciously Exposed Consulting, began his residency in August and currently offers one-on-one mentoring and group workshops. “Leonard’s experience founding his own business, as well as his previous work as an in-house consultant to start-ups, makes him an excellent resource for aspiring entrepreneurs,” said KBLIC Curator Gregor Smart. “We’re excited to have him join us!”
Funding from Bernstein supports the stipend for the eight-month residency. “We are grateful to Bernstein for their generous commitment to create a more equitable start-up environment for Greater Boston Area entrepreneurs,” said Paula Sakey, Executive Director of the Boston Public Library Fund. “With this grant, programs offered by the Entrepreneur-in-Residence are free to all patrons seeking to start or scale their business ventures.”
The Entrepreneur-in-Residence is one component in the BPL’s system-wide workforce development programming through the KBLIC. The KBLIC provides technology, co-working space, career counseling, and more to build business skills and foster creativity and innovation. All services offered are free to all.