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 2021 competition navigate the challenges of its first year in business.

The 2021 Business Start-up Prize Package is valued at $120,000 and includes the following services and benefits. Check back often to see the newest addition to the start-up package!

Be a part of the dream

The valuable prize package is made possible due to the generous support of sponsors who continue to be champions for the economic growth of the downtown core. Partnership opportunities are still available for local businesses able to donate much-needed accounting and marketing/website administrative support. Businesses interested in helping to make a difference by donating services should contact Tania Perez Muskopf, Business Development Manager, at [email protected] or 916-442-8575.


Every new startup business needs capital. The winner will receive up to $20,000 in matching funds to help get the doors open.


A SCORE mentor, a seasoned business professional, will provide guidance on business planning and help refine business strategies.


The winner will also have access to a strong team of consultants to be successful:


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 20 hours of business and real estate-related transactional legal services.


Mering is a full-service advertising agency offering strategic planning, creative development, interactive and media buying services, and specializes in brand development and known for blending design, compositing, layout, brand strategy and 3-D/CGI skills. They will provide the winner with brand identity development, including logo and brand standard guidelines.


Uptown Studios, Inc. is a Sacramento creative team specializing in graphic design, website design, hosting and management, and other marketing services. They fix complex problems through human-centered design processes. They will provide the winner with a small business website design.


DesCor Builders is a licensed general contractor based in Rancho Cordova, CA providing both full service preconstruction, general contracting, and construction management services throughout Northern California. They will provide the winner with tenant improvement build-out construction services.


XSIGHT Productions, Inc. is a Sacramento-based company specializing in visual content. XSIGHT’s mission is to create meaningful content that will connect with audiences in a way that sparks their interest and stays with them. XSIGHT will create a one-of-a-kind branding video, as well as engaging photographs to fit the needs of your particular business goals.


Since 1988 Design Tech. has been providing interior design services to corporate, civic, healthcare, hospitality, restaurant, retail and residential clientele. Design Tech provides services ranging from space planning to construction documents and furniture procurement. Design Tech will provide up to 62 hours of interior design services to the winner.


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 utilize the newest technology to reach mass audience. Marquee will provide the winner with advertising opportunities valued at $20,000.

Inside Publications’ 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 a ½ page advertising campaign in Inside [Land Park, East Sacramento, Arden and Pocket] Publications.

Fox40 Digital Media will provide the winner with a digital package valued at $2,500 to promote their business to the masses.


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.


Print management is the cornerstone of Third Rail. They have managed over 10,000 campaigns and over 15,000 actual printed components and specialize in bringing design to life. Graphic Focus will provide the winner with their first set of business collateral to let everyone know they are open for business.  


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.