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Learn How to Secure Grant Funding with BKLYN Commons

Need small business funding but don’t know where to begin?

Unsure how to tell your brand story?

Feel stressed every time you think about the grant application process?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, this event is for you.

In partnership with BKLYN Commons and NYBeauty Suites, Paulana Lamonier, Founder of Black People Will Swim will be in the house to teach you how to tell your brand story in an effective way in order to ace the grant application process and secure the bag for your business.

WHEN: April 28, 2022

TIME: 6:00-7:00 PM

WHERE: BKLYN Commons, 495 Flatbush Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11225


Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The definition of a brand story
  • How to leverage your business’ brand story to secure the bag
  • How to set the foundation for your grant applications
  • How to write killer applications using the SOAR method

Bring something to write with/on and prepare to take notes, you’re going to want to remember every detail!

You deserve to make money moves–and with Paulana’s help, you will.

We look forward to seeing you there. RSVP HERE


Meet Paulana Lamonier, Founder of Black People Will Swim

Paulana Lamonier is the founder of Black People Will Swim, a purpose-driven organization working to smash the stereotype that Black people don’t swim. After re-learning how to swim with the help of coaches in 2009 at CUNY York College, Paulana nurtured her love for swimming and became a coach teaching others how to conquer their fear of water. For over a decade, she has shared her passion for swimming by working with swim clubs, teams, and gyms to build a community with her students. 

Paulana is also a multimedia journalist, who has made a career out of telling compelling stories. She’s written for Fast Company, Forbes, Complex Magazine, and interviewed the likes of Queen Latifah, Loni Love, Venus Williams, and more. 

Coupling her journalism experience and her passion for saving lives, in just 3 years Paulana has secured over $200,000 in funding for her business Black People Will Swim and is on a mission helping women-owned businesses secure the bag as well. 



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