Events & Happenings

SacBizFirst Speaker Profile – Christine Folck, Queentia, Inc.

Register now for this year’s exciting Business First Conference: Succeeding at the Speed of Business, brought to you by the City of Sacramento Economic Development and SACLead!

SPEAKER PROFILE – Christine Folck, Co-Founder, Queentia, Inc.

-How Social and Enterprise Tech Tools Can Empower Business-

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What do a design firm, a world-wide initiative, a mental valley, a philosopher, and drawing stick figures have in common? And how could all of these things effect your business?  Christine will discuss how shifting her mental valley, sprinkling in a little human-centered design and becoming part of City2020 has transformed her and the technology project teams she leads — and how it could transform your business.

Christine Folck is the Chief Innovation Officer  and Co-Founder of Queentia, Inc. Christine has served as a technology consultant for numerous health care companies including Dignity Health, Kaiser Permanente and UCSF Medical Center.


Join your fellow small businesses, entrepreneurs, and aspiring business owners in learning about ways to help energize, motivate and give you the tips needed to create a thriving business.

REGISTER TODAY FOR THE SACRAMENTO BUSINESS FIRST CONFERENCE 

Check out some photos of last year’s conference with over 200 attendees:

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PHOTOS: Quick look at the latest from the ESC

We stopped by the Entertainment & Sports Center project to see how things are coming along. Steel is going up quickly and the site is buzzing with activity. Don’t forget to view the photos below.

Steel beams dangle in the sky, which might looks small, but get a closer look of them next to workers and the scale becomes impressive.

Looking for more info on the project? Visit our Sacramento Arena page for all the details.

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Business First Spotlight: Sweets & Sugars – Ice Cream and Desserts

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Sweets & Sugars Ice Cream and Desserts is located at 3051 Freeport Blvd. Open from 11 a.m. – 9p.m., Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Sundays. Sweets and Sugars offers ice cream, raspados, desserts, mangoneadas and bionicos. In business for a year and a half, Sweets and Sugars Ice Cream and Desserts utilizes family recipes from Mexico to provide delicious smoothies.

The aspect that Sweets and Sugars staff loves the most about their job is getting to share an old family recipe with its customers. Additionally, getting to meet new people who come in is especially enjoyable. With the warmer months ahead, swing by Sweets and Sugars of Freeport Blvd!


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Ever thought about telling the story behind your business? Let us know what’s unique and why you love doing business in Sacramento! Now is the chance to share! Contact Tim Padden, Economic Development Department at (916) 808-8506 or send an email. Please limit any submissions to 500 words or less.

“Business First Spotlight” is a unique part of the Sacramento Business First program that features small business in Sacramento. Find out more info here.

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Business First Spotlight: The Bicycle Business

The Bicycle Business located at 3077 Freeport Blvd., across the street form McClatchy High School, is a full service bicycle shop that sells bicycles, accessories, apparel and provides repair services. In business for over 42 years, the Bicycle Business specializes in touring, commuting, and adventurous bicycling.

The Bicycle Business apart has fantastic customer service and knowledge base of the bicycle industry. All staff bring extensive personal and professional experience to their job.  They say that they enjoy their jobs and being in Sacramento, but the one aspect of the job that the staff likes most is the camaraderie of the Land Park community and the neighborhood setting.


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Ever thought about telling the story behind your business? Let us know what’s unique and why you love doing business in Sacramento! Now is the chance to share! Contact Tim Padden, Economic Development Department at (916) 808-8506 or send an email. Please limit any submissions to 500 words or less.

“Business First Spotlight” is a unique part of the Sacramento Business First program that features small business in Sacramento. Find out more info here.

 

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SURVEY: What type of restaurant would you like to see at Cesar Chavez Plaza?

The City and Downtown Sacramento Partnership are looking for a new and innovative business to operate a food service operation to bring new energy to Cesar Chavez Plaza. We want to know what type of restaurant you’d like to see go into the space.

Have a hankering for a specific type of food? Do you think that the restaurant should be open on evenings or weekends?

Let us know at Envision Sacramento.

Experienced restaurateurs that are passionate about Downtown Sacramento’s momentum and renaissance are welcome to apply. The available café building space for lease is located in Cesar Chavez Park at 917 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814.

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Final week to enter the Calling All Dreamers competition

Monday, March 23 is the final day to enter the Calling All Dreamers competition.

If you’ve ever dreamed about opening a business, here is your chance. This year’s Calling All Dreamers competition will earn a business start up package valued at $100,000, which includes up to 6 months of free rent, $10,000 cash in matching funds, and a suite of business services. To download the application and view the full prize package, visit http://downtownsac.org/start-a-business/dreamers-welcome/calling-all-dreamers-contest/

Need a little more inspiration?​ Learn more from our past wines’ and read our their stories: Andy Paul, owner of Andy’s Candy Apothecary, Sandra Lemos, owner of The Dailey Method, and Ana Manzano, owner of Ana Apple.


 

Words and photos courtesy of Downtown Sacramento Partnership.

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Business First Spotlight: Zia’s Delicatessen

This week’s Business First Spotlight features Zia’s Delicatessen.  Located at 1401 O Street in Downtown Sacramento,  Zia’s has been in Sacramento for nearly 2 ½ years as a full service Italian delicatessen.  Zia’s offers sandwiches, catering services, and a wide variety of meat and cheese by the pound.   Located less than one block from Capitol Park, Zia’s is the perfect destination for Downtown and Midtown employees, residents and visitors.   Zia’s employees enjoy seeing their regular customers and love meeting new ones so please stop by soon for a great sandwich!


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Ever thought about telling the story behind your business? Let us know what’s unique and why you love doing business in Sacramento! Now is the chance to share! Contact Tim Padden, Economic Development Department at (916) 808-8506 or send an email. Please limit any submissions to 500 words or less.

“Business First Spotlight” is a unique part of the Sacramento Business First program that features small business in Sacramento. Find out more info here.

 

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Poll shows majority of citizens happy with living in Sacramento

Citizens view public safety, infrastructure and creating more jobs as top priorities

Curious as to what our residents think should be the highest budget priorities in Sacramento? Check out our recently conducted survey that gathers opinions from residents of each council district in a random sample, reflective of the diversity of our city.

Over the course of the poll, respondents were able to give their input on their budget priorities and reflect upon how they viewed their quality of life. The survey was considered statistically valid and included more than 500 residents. According to the findings, the vast majority, at least 87 percent, of survey-takers have a positive view of Sacramento as a great place to live!

The survey is part of Mayor Kevin Johnson’s plan – Sacramento 3.0  – to involve more community input in the budget process. The results included major priorities such as Public Safety, Infrastructure and Job Creation and Economic Development. Interestingly, in both this city-wide poll as well as a Neighborhood Leads Workshop, education was identified as a major priority, even though the City does not fund public schools.

Make sure to visit our Budget Priorities page to view all of the results, as well as those from the Neighborhood Leaders Budget Workshop. Also, find tentative dates of Council workshops and meetings on the FY15-16 budget.

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Powerhouse Science Center gets funding commitment from the City

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The future home of the Powerhouse Science Center moves one step closer as Sacramento City Council unanimously approved last night an annual business funding appropriation of $350,000 per year for the next 20 years to assist with payments on a $25 million construction loan.  In summary, the City will commit  a total of $7 million that will enable the science center to construct the first phase of the project—valued at $49 million— which will include the earth, space and science center.

A rarely seen view of the Powerhouse interior from 2011.

A rarely seen view of the Powerhouse interior from 2011.

“The future home of the Powerhouse Science Center along the Sacramento River north of Old Sacramento will be a regional destination and will further activate the waterfront,” said Rachel Hazlewood, senior project manager with the City.  “This has been a longstanding project envisioned to create excitement in earth and science education while also creating new economic development opportunities along our prized riverfront.”

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The future relocation to this city-owned site will activate a former PG&E power station, built in 1912, that has been shuttered since the early 1960s.  The site, which will retain its original structure and architectural features, is envisioned as the future home of the current 60-plus-year-old Discovery Museum Science & Space Center on Auburn Boulevard.

More information about the project can be found at http://www.powerhousesciencecenter.org/.

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City teams up with Mack Road Partnership to check in with South Sacramento businesses

Complete with their walking shoes, clipboards and questionnaires, the City of Sacramento hit the streets in South Sacramento today along Mack Road to obtain first-hand feedback on issues, concerns and priorities that these businesses face.

This business walk kicks off the City’s Business Walk Series for this year where more than 40 volunteers checked in with hundreds of businesses to see how they are doing and find out ways to make sure these businesses continue to thrive in the City.

The City’s Economic Development Department conducts business walks throughout the City to obtain qualitative feedback from the business community. Once survey information is gathered, it is used to implement specific plans and strategies that further enhance the success of local businesses, including seminars to provide information on additional resources and programs available to assist these businesses.

 

 

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