SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Downtown Sacramento Foundation (DSF) today called all dreamers to launch their dreams into reality by submitting an application for a business start-up package to open in downtown Sacramento. Applications for the 5th Annual Calling All Dreamers competition will be accepted online at CallingAllDreamers.org through 5 p.m. PST Monday, April 10, 2017.
“The Calling All Dreamers competition is an incredible opportunity for entrepreneurs to refine their ideas and realize their dream of opening a business,” said Valerie Mamone, Business Development Senior Manager of Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “With all of the excitement and activity happening downtown, this is a uniquely opportune time for a new retailer to tap into downtown’s growing market. There really has never been a better time to open a business in downtown Sacramento.”
The Calling All Dreamers competition is open to new start-up businesses and existing businesses hoping to expand or open a new concept. The Shark Tank-style competition takes applicants through a business development program that calls for extensive planning, market research, proof of financial sustainability and more.
A selection committee is formed by DSF to work closely with candidates to evaluate market potential, viability, uniqueness and preparedness. Ultimately, the committee will select the ideal candidate to win the business package prize designed to assist the successful launch of their downtown Sacramento storefront. The prize package valued at nearly $100,000 includes cash and in-kind services from contest sponsors ranging from marketing and interior design to accounting, legal services and more.
Now in its fifth year, Calling All Dreamers has helped 15 businesses open; created 20 full-time and 57 part-time jobs; and, leased over 18,000 sq. ft.
For information about past participants, economic impact, complete guidelines, prize package and contest rules, visit CallingAllDreamers.org.
The 2017 Calling All Dreamers competition is made possible by the generous support of these sponsors: City of Sacramento Economic Development Department, SMUD, LJ2 Interiors, Smith, McDowell & Powell, Brown Fink Boyce & Astle, LLP and Marquee Media.
About Downtown Sacramento Foundation
Established in 2011, Downtown Sacramento Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 that supports programs that complement Downtown Sacramento Partnership priorities to improve the economic, physical, cultural and social environment to foster civic pride.