Applications for Create Here 2019 are CLOSED


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. Additionally, the grand prize winner will receive a package of services donated from local businesses that include marketing, flooring, signage and more!

All semi-finalists and finalists will receive benefits including working with a skilled mentor who will provide business coaching.

Why now?

The Downtown Fresno renaissance we’ve been waiting for is finally underway! Downtown properties are being purchased and renovated every day, new businesses have opened, and existing businesses are expanding.

The city broke ground on the nation’s first High Speed Rail station which will be located in downtown Fresno. Fresno’s new Bus Rapid Transit system now connects residents and visitors to downtown. Fulton Street reopened to two-way vehicular traffic in October of 2017, creating a more vibrant main street in the heart of the city. 

Downtown Fresno has never been better positioned for investment. This is the most exciting time in this city’s recent history and we want you to be part of the fun as we rethink, rebuild and revive downtown Fresno!

Who can participate?

We are looking for creators, innovators, visionaries, self-starters, hard workers, believers. In short: entrepreneurs. If you love to create and have a plan to start a new retail or restaurant business or to relocate an existing retail or restaurant business, we want to see you in downtown Fresno.




Why should I apply?

Starting a business is tough work and can be overwhelming. You could do it alone, or you could do it with a cash prize for startup expenses, free rent, personalized guidance from an array of business experts, and the patronage of an energized community that supported you throughout the process. Your call.

Prize package includes:

•    Cash Prize
        •    (1) Grand Prize – $10,000
        •    (2) Silver Award – $5,000
        •    (2) Bronze Award – $2,500
         •    (Unlimited) Runner Up
•    $20,000 television media package on KSEE24/CBS47/
        •    *Customer Needs Analysis (CNA) To Create a Custom Marketing Campaign
        •    *Production of 30-Second TV Commercial Custom Created for Create Here 2019 Winner
        •    *Production of Web Campaign Assets
        •    *Web Campaign Delivering 500,000 impressions 
        •    *Six (6) In-Studio Interviews on Central Valley Today
        •    *Schedule of Television Commercials on KSEE24 (NBC) and CBS47 
•    Business Plan Workshops and SCORE Mentor (Central Valley SCORE)
•    1 Year Free Membership Business account (Central Valley Community Bank)
•    1 year free membership (Fresno Chamber of Commerce)
•    75 minute PR consultation (Fresno State Public Relations) 
•    Free Online Ordering app (Ordrslip)
•    $1000 in Services (Marketing, Public Relations, Template Web Site Design, or Graphic Design) (Ivy Public Relations)
•    Flooring options for retail space (Innovation Commercial Flooring)
•    $500 in services from DL Signs