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Republic FC and Suncrest Bank have partnered with the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce to create a grant program to provide support to small businesses facing economic challenges. The Republic Kickstart program will award a $5,000 grand prize grant, as well as a $2,500 and three $1,000 grants to black-owned small businesses in the greater Sacramento Region.


  • Beginning August 21st, fans can nominate a black-owned small business by submitting the form below.
  • A fan vote will begin on September 16, 2020 resulting in a top five to then be reviewed by a panel of judges.
  • The top five finalists will be asked to submit a sixty-second pitch video and present to the panel of judges.
  • The winner will be announced on/around October 1st.
  • All nominated businesses will have the opportunity to receive financial education courses through Suncrest Bank and the Small Business Development Center.
  • First Place: $5,000 / Second Place: $2,500 / Third-Fifth Place: $1,000


  • The business must be a black-owned small business.
  • Must be located within Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, San Joaquin or Sutter County.
  • Annual sales revenue must be less than $10 million.
  • Must have fewer than 25 employees.

For questions or trouble viewing the submission form, email

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