Calling All Sacramento Dreamers

downtown1By Paola Baluyot

A great Beatle once said, “You say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

If you are business-savvy and this quote applies to you, then you may just have a shot at winning a $125,000 award package to start your own big business idea.

Downtown Sacramento Foundation’s Calling All Dreamers, an inaugural retail business competition, is challenging local entrepreneurs looking to open up shop on a multi-round contest.

The winning entrepreneur will be rewarded with an awesome startup deal. The $125,000 prize package includes free rent (up to a year) in a great downtown location, startup capital and business support services. In addition, community businesses will provide advertising, legal and accounting services, contractor build out assistance, graphic design and more. The prize package is ideal for any entrepreneur looking to get their big idea up and running.

“We want to encourage innovative business owner to launch, operate, and thrive in Downtown,” said Valerie Mamone-Weder, Business Recruitment Retention Manager for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.

Valerie also believes the competition will help create more jobs and more passionate business owners. This combination aims to attract even more people, both visitors and residents, experiencing downtown Sacramento.

Competitors will be asked to provide business concepts that will be developed throughout the competition. A panel of DSF board and business experts will judge each submission and rate them based on creativity, a sound business model, and clarity and passion. Applications are being accepted now to May 24. Apply here!

Best of luck to the applicants – we’re anxious to learn (and then support) the winner!

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