Prize Package

Taking a business from a dream to reality is a complicated task, and the first year is usually the most difficult for small businesses. Downtown Sacramento Foundation, with the generous support of Calling All Dreamers’ sponsors, will help the winner of the 2017 competition navigate the challenges of its first year in business.

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The 2017 Business Start-up Prize Package was valued at more than $100,000 and included the following services and benefits.


Every new startup business needs capital. The winner will receive up to $10,000 in matching funds to help get the doors open.


The winner will receive support to negotiate leasing terms for a downtown storefront. The winner will have the opportunity to select from one of several retail spaces within the boundaries of Downtown Sacramento Partnership district. Specific terms may vary and will be negotiated directly between the winning business and selected property owner during the competition process.


Semi-finalists will be paired with a SCORE mentor – a seasoned business professional to provide guidance on business planning and help refine business strategies.

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Blanket Marketing Group is a full-service Digital Marketing and Advertising Agency specializing in social media, search engine optimization, managed pay-per click marketing campaigns, brand and image consulting, and website development. The winner will receive basic marketing collateral and website design and digital strategy.
Consolidated Communications Company is a family of companies providing advanced communications services to both residential and business. The winner will receive basic voice and internet service will be equivalent up to $300 per month retail value.

MeringCarson is a full-service advertising agency offering strategic planning, creative development, interactive and media buying services, and specializes in brand development. MeringCarson’s design firm, emcee11d – a thought studio known for blending design, compositing, layout, brand strategy and 3-D/CGI skills – takes creative thinking and production to the 11th power. They will provide the winner with brand identity development, including logo, tagline (if necessary) and brand standard guidelines.


Smith, McDowell & Powell (SMP) is a full-service law firm that provides cost effective, responsive representation for all types of individuals and businesses. SMP will provide up to 25 hours of business and real estate-related transactional legal services.


POS Portal is a leading distributor of order entry and terminal modules with a reputation as the industry-leading innovator in merchant acquisition and merchant services. POS Portal will provide the winner with point of sale hardware for their business launch.




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Marquee Media specializes in delivering advertisers the highest quality traditional and digital out-of-home media assets at Marquee locations. Their state of the art digital billboards utilizing the newest technology to reach a mass audience. Marquee will provide the winner with advertising opportunities on regional digital billboards.

Inside Publications’ four newspapers are the leading community-centric newspapers in the Sacramento area. Each publication features cover art by local artists and stories highlighting volunteers, small businesses, home, and more. Inside will provide the winner with an advertising campaign in their publication.


With more than 25 years of experience on local, regional and national levels, T-Rock Communications provides a wide range of consumer-focused media and public relations expertise. T-Rock will work with the winner to develop proactive marketing tactics that support the overall brand as well as provide grand opening outreach designed to generate positive local media interest and maximize public support for the new business.


Brown, Fink, Boyce & Astle, LLP is a full-service Sacramento-based certified public accounting and business advisory firm serving clients primarily in Northern California and Nevada. David Boyce, founding Partner with Brown, Fink, Boyce and Astle, will provide the winner with up to 15 hours of accounting consult to support their needs in areas related to their financial and business operations.

LJ2 Interiors
is a Roseville-based studio that specializes in interior design, space planning, construction drawings, furniture procurement, building code compliance, and permit process coordination. LJ2 Interiors will provide 75 hours of an interior design consultation.
TDogg Studios specializes in complex graphics and print management functions from design to completion. TDogg will provide the winner with their first set of business collateral to let everyone know they are open for business.
Sutter Builders provides services that include pre-construction, design-build, scheduling and LEED certified applications. The winner will receive a space build-out.
There are no substitutions, transfers, or cash equivalents for prizes except that DSF may, at its sole discretion, make modifications or substitutions if necessary. The prizes are expressly limited to the items listed and unless otherwise expressly specified, do not include taxes, gratuities, or any other expenses. Other restrictions may apply. Winner will be responsible for initiating consult and have up to a twelve-month period following the date of award to utilize pro bono services. Any unused portion of the Prize Package at the twelve-month point will be forfeited.