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The five finalists have an opportunity to pitch their businesses to a panel of community and business leaders including Metro Chamber President & CEO Amanda Blackwood, Clutch & BOLD Speaker Series co-founder Anne Descalzo, Sugar Coated Cupcakes co-owner LaQueanya Henry – a previous Republic FC Kickstart winner and KCRA’s Michelle Dapper, as well as Suncrest Bank’s Elizabeth Zennadi and Republic FC Controller and CPA Sarah Schubert. 


Amariginal Art specializes in creating African-American and African Diaspora-influenced cultural artwork for private and public spaces. Contemporary and Afrofuturism Visual Artist Delgreta Brown has practiced her studio craft for 12 years and has exhibited her artwork throughout Northern California. Ms. Brown provides a variety of creative and design solutions executed in original art and fine art reproduction. Learn more at

Carmazzi Caramel Corn is a family ran business that makes some of best caramel corn out there! Using Grandma's secret recipe, these Lil Drops of Sunshine are sure to brighten your day. Learn more at

Hip + Hooray creates custom balloon décor perfect for any celebration. With an eye for color and a passion for parties, they are all about creating fun, standout balloon pieces for birthdays, weddings, corporate events, holidays, and more. The 100% biodegradable latex balloons have the creativity, color, and personality sure to make your party pop! Learn more at

Luna Unleashed is a personal trainer, certified body sculptor and provides many different non-invasive treatments to help clients get the body shape they desire. Learn more at

The Artisan Pour is a wine concierge service that creates the connection between socially conscious wine consumers and Black boutique wine brands. Through our creative marketing and promotion strategies, wine consumers can explore and discover Black boutique winemakers while expanding their palate. Learn more at


June 2021 - In partnership with the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and Suncrest Bank - the fourth edition of Kickstart will aim to uplift LGBTQ+-owned businesses

August 2021 - In partnership with Suncrest Bank - the fifth edition of Kickstart will aim to uplift Asian Pacific Islander-owned businesses

November 2021 - In partnership with Suncrest Bank - the final edition of Kickstart for 2021 will aim to uplift Veteran-owned businesses

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