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What is the Create Here Business Plan Competition?

Create Here is a competition sponsored by the Downtown Fresno Foundation, organized to increase economic development within the city’s central business district. $25,000 in cash prizes is up for grabs among 5 potential competition winners. All semi-finalists and finalists will receive benefits including working with a skilled mentor who will provide coaching to help refine and improve your business plan.

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COVID-19 Adaptability

The economic disruptions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic represent an unprecedented challenge for businesses in Downtown Fresno and throughout the world. In response to this reality, this year’s competition will put a premium on business plans that account for these disruptions, and are able to pivot to online sales, delivery, or are otherwise able to operate effectively given the current circumstances.

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Available Space in Downtown Fresno

Looking for space for your business in Downtown Fresno? See whats available on our retail and office space listings.

Small Business Development Center

The SBDC offers no-cost business mentors for people looking to start a business or improve their business practices. Mentors have real-world experience in their industry and can help entrepreneurs turn their idea into a viable business plan. The SBDC Also hosts workshops.

Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation Training Webinars

The FAHF provides weekly no-cost webinars cost to all startup and existing business owners that want to learn best practices in the area of finance, marketing, legal, and management. 

Central Valley SCORE Business Workshops

SCORE offers workshops focusing on various aspects of starting a business. 

Fresno Regional Workforce Development Board

Offers a diverse range of no-cost services to business owners and future entrepreneurs. Call  to get started.