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The Downtown Fresno Foundation and Downtown Fresno Partnership, in conjunction with Wells Fargo, are pleased to announce an open call for interested participants for the 2017-18 Fulton Marketplace Program. This 12-month program matches four emerging small businesses, entrepreneurs, makers, curators, and designers with a temporary retail area in a shared storefront in the Fulton District, Fresno’s downtown commercial district.

The program aims to:

  • Nurture local talent by allowing emerging small businesses, entrepreneurs, makers, curators and designers to test and enhance their product line in low- to no-cost space;
  • Recruit potential future independent retailers to the area;
  • Increase the vibrancy and retail mix of Fulton District by activating vacant storefronts;
  • Place local emerging small businesses into permanent storefronts in downtown Fresno; and,
  • Showcase retail leasing opportunities for Fulton District retail real estate.

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 an existing, emerging small business, we want to see you downtown.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be applied to determine four finalists:

  • Improvement to the downtown retail mix
  • Applicant’s experience and investment
  • Ability to engage the public
  • Job creation
  • Business vision and plan
  • 60-second pitch video