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Local manufacturer of cannabis-infused lotions gets big business boost

The winning business in a competition put on by the Power Inn Alliance involves cannabis — and that's fine with Tracey Schaal, the executive director of the business group representing the Power Inn district in southeastern Sacramento. 

"The strongest, most viable company was selected today," Schaal said in an interview with the Business Journal after Friday's announcement of the Making Your Mark contest winner at Depot Park. The contest is designed to help aspiring micro-manufacturers move toward commercialization.

Liquid Flower, a locally owned business that makes cannabis-infused body lotions, won this year's competition and will receive a prize package valued at more than $50,000. It includes goods, services and coaching.

3 startups compete in Sacramento business competition

Three Sacramento micro-manufacturing startups are competing for a $50,000 prize. It’s part of the second annual "Making Your Mark" competition hosted by local business nonprofit organization Power Inn Alliance. The three businesses made their final pitches to judges on Thursday. Judges will announce the winner on National Manufacturing Day, Oct. 5.

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Contest for aspiring micro-manufacturers down to 3 finalists

Three businesses — spanning solar energy, cannabis and robots — remain in a local contest aimed at aspiring micro-manufacturers.

The contest, called Making Your Mark, is put on by Power Inn Alliance, a business group representing the Power Inn district in southeastern Sacramento. The winner will receive a startup package of goods and services valued at more than $50,000. The finalists will receive coaching in upcoming weeks before the contest's judges make a final decision. The judging panel includes local business leaders. The winner is expected to be announced Oct. 5 in conjunction with National Manufacturing Day.

The contest is designed to help aspiring micro-manufacturers move toward commercialization. Here are this year's finalists.

  • California Sunlight Corp.: The company develops and manufactures solar energy technology.

  • Liquid Flower: The veteran-owned company focuses on medical cannabis, using whole plant extracts.

  • Robotics Evolution: The company makes robots and robot arenas for competitions and education.

“We are so proud that many of the city of Sacramento’s manufacturing jobs call the Power Inn District home so it’s only natural to continue to foster opportunities for manufacturing entrepreneurs here,” Sacramento City Councilmember Eric Guerra said in a news release.

This is the second year of the Making Your Mark contest. Jim Heberling of Lifeline Lift Co. Inc. was last year's winner.

Sacramento Business Journal - 8/17/18

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Tracey Schaal, Executive Director for Power Inn Alliance, talks with Cody on air about the Making Your Mark Contest. Jim Heberling shows a quick demo of the award-winning concept and invention he wowed judges with to win the top award for the inaugural year in 2017. Applications are open until June 29, 2018.

Good Day Sacramento - 5/29/18 

2018 Local contest for aspiring micro-manufacturers looks for its next winner

Power Inn Alliance Inc. is accepting applications for an annual contest that gives its winner a startup prize package worth more than $50,000.
The contest, called Making Your Mark, is aimed at a specific group of entrepreneurs: aspiring micro-manufacturers.

Sac Business Journal

Power Inn Alliance contest to reward micro-manufacturer

Sacramento’s Power Inn Alliance is now taking applications for its second “Making Your Mark” contest, welcoming entries from micro-manufacturers who want to open up shop within the business district’s borders.

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This entrepreneur just won a local business contest

An inaugural business competition in the Power Inn District has named its winner.

Jim Heberling took the top spot in the Making Your Mark contest, organizers announced Friday. Presented by Power Inn Alliance Inc., the contest helps its winner open a business in the Power Inn District.

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Announcement of the Top 3 Finalists!

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Cathie Anderson outlines the Making Your Mark contest for the readers of the greater Sacramento area.

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Facebook Live

Comprehensive overview of the contest with Councilmember Eric Guerra and the Executive Director of Power Inn Alliance, Tracey Schaal.

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Sonya Sorich informs readers of the deadline extension to May 31, 2017. It isn't too late to apply!

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