2016 Calling All Dreamers competition

The 2016 Calling All Dreamers competition has officially begun! We are now accepting applications through March 29, 5 p.m. PST.

Ready to submit your business proposal? Submit your completed application ONLINE here.

Calling All Dreamers is retail business plan competition produced by the Downtown Sacramento Foundation (DSF).

Our goal is simple. We want to foster Sacramento’s entrepreneurial spirit and cultivate the next generation of dreamers in Downtown Sacramento. We know running a small business isn’t easy. So, we’re here to help.

The winner of this competition will have the chance to open a downtown storefront and earn a business start-up package. The DSF will help the winning entrepreneur navigate the challenges of the first year in business and turn their dream into reality.

Since the inaugural Calling All Dreamers competition in 2013, the DSF has helped 12 new businesses open in downtown Sacramento. In all, they have leased over 15,000 sf of retail space and created 10 full-time and 35-part-time jobs. New businesses include Andy’s Candy ApothecaryThe Dailey Method, Ana Apple, Allspicery, Figs and FetaSun & Soil, South, Off the Chain Bike Bus Tours, Metro Juice, Benjamin’s Shoes, The Workspace: Fashion Incubator, and Whired Wine.

Congratulations to Heather Wong, owner of allspicery and first time entrepreneur. As 2015 grand prize winner, allspicery will receive a business start up package valued at $100,000. Allspicery will be the first one-stop spice shop in Sacramento, offering a curated selection of spices, salts, teas, and proprietary house-made spice blends sourced from around the world. Coming soon to 1125 11th Street, the shop will offer commonplace spices as well as obscure, hard-to-find ingredients. Spices will be sold whole or freshly ground in-house, making the shop a veritable candy store for foodies.

About Calling All Dreamers

Our goal is simple. We want to foster Sacramento’s entrepreneurial spirit and cultivate the next generation of dreamers in downtown Sacramento.

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Calling All Dreamers! The Downtown Sacramento Foundation (DSF) will soon accept proposals for downtown business concepts for the 4th Annual Calling All Dreamers competition. While completed applications will not be accepted until February 9, 2016, competition rules, key dates, and applications are available to download now at downtownsac.org to give contestants a head start on the application process. READ MORE