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Meet the 2019 Finalists!

Congratulations to our 2019 Calling All Dreamers finalists! Watch their videos and learn more below.
Vote for your favorite business idea here!

A handcrafted cereal bar open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Laterica Reddix’s Cerealism will feature popular brands as well as limited edition and seasonal cereal favorites from across the globe. With customized milk and add in options, there’s an endless combination possibility in each bowl. Check out their social media: Instagram

A new and unique art studio designed by Juna-Rae Sterba to bring out the artist in everyone, the brick and mortar studio and art can bring a new vision to pottery and canvas painting, glass fusion and art classes for artists and community organizations alike. Check out their social media: Facebook | Instagram

Dog lovers rejoice, Patty Castillo’s Leash and Collar will sell unique canine accessories, including bandanas, bow ties, bags, drinkware, CycleDog’s eco-friendly leashes and collars, and more. Not just a retail store, eventually they will work with community partners to also foster dogs for adoption. Check out their social media: Facebook | Instagram

Sacramento-born chef and co-owner Cecil L. Rhodes II is evolving the popular Nash & Proper food trucks into Sacramento’s first brick and mortar restaurant focused on hot chicken, a fiery fried variety inspired by Nashville’s famous flavor. Putting his own spin on the iconic dish, expect a similar cult following for Sacramento hot chicken. Check out their social media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

The paint-your-own-pottery studio by Meagan Lewis will feature locally made ceramics plans to draw kids, adults, and groups to make their own keepsake products from an ever-rotating inventory, from cheese platters to dog bowls. Finished ceramic pieces will also be available for purchase in a curated retail section. Check out their social media: Instagram

Produced by the Downtown Sacramento Foundation, Calling All Dreamers is a retail business plan competition that encourages entrepreneurs to compete for the chance to open a downtown storefront and earn a coveted business start-up package valued at nearly $100,000 to turn their dream into reality.

The first year is the most difficult for small businesses. Many startups struggle with capital, overhead expenses, permitting processes and the details of actually managing a business. This competition is a game-changer. It provides the winner with the essential resources and tools needed to successfully open a business in downtown Sacramento, including: 

  • Up to $10,000 in matching funds
  • A business service prize package that includes financial planning, store design, marketing, graphic design, legal services, accounting, permit process assistance, and more.

See what’s included in the 2019 prize package here.

Winner, 2018: NEO Escape Rooms

Gabriel Berzamina & Acme Lee, Owners In 2018, Gabriel Berzamina & Acme Lee were selected as the grand prize winners of the Calling All Dreamers business competition. We caught up with the first-time entrepreneurs to learn …

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