Welcome Dreamers

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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.

How to Enter

Learn more about the Calling All Dreamers competition, process, key dates and eligibility.

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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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