It was 1997, and a couple 20-something young project managers working for a major construction company had a dream – to start a commercial construction company that plays a bigger role in their local community; in a city that they now called home.  Tom Ford and James Fitzgerald made that leap, and brought to life the Sacramento-based firm MarketOne Builders,.

That is why they were so passionate about the Downtown Sacramento Partnership’s “Calling All Dreamers” competition. This competition represents an opportunity for Sacramento interests and businesses to come together in assisting new startups get on their feet and stimulate economic growth in our community.

Since 2013, Calling All Dreamers has helped eight businesses get started in Sacramento, creating new jobs and small business owners. In recognition of the service this competition provides to the Sacramento community, the Downtown Sacramento Partnership was honored with a Downtown Pinnacle Award for Economic and Business Development during the 60th annual International Downtown Association conference.

MarketOne Builders and other contributors donate their time, materials and funds because they identify with the ground-level dreamers who enter in to this competition, and they are determined to help them build their dreams into brick-and-mortar reality. This community-building initiative is truly empowering to entrepreneurs, and the inspirational teamwork surrounding the competition is the motivating power behind the revitalization of the downtown Sacramento community.

This year, 33 aspiring business owners applied to the competition and only a few will make it to the final round. Each participant is competing for a $100,000 startup package to get their new business off the ground, and the public will have a chance to vote for their favorite concept starting April 29 - May 20. 

We’re looking forward to the winner announcement on May 26!  Join us in supporting these brave new entrepreneurs and the dream of a vibrant new downtown Sacramento!

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For more information on the 2015 Calling All Dreamers competition, visit: http://downtownsac.org/start-a-business/dreamers-welcome/calling-all-dreamers-contest/