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Five Local Businesses Selected for Republic FC Kickstart Finals

September 24, 2020 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Sacramento Republic FC News Release

Sacramento, Calif. - Five local, black-owned businesses, as selected by Republic FC fans and voters throughout the region, will compete in the final round of the crowdsourced Republic FC Kickstart finals. The program was created to assist black-owned small businesses in the greater Sacramento Region facing economic challenges through the pandemic and will distribute a $5,000 grand prize grant, as well as a $2,500 award and three $1,000 grants.

In one week, over 5,000 ballots were cast for over 50 different businesses different industries and fields -- health & fitness, technology, restaurants and culinary creators, fashion, art, education and much more - with five local companies rising to the top.

This week, the five finalists will present their business with a brief video to a panel of local community leaders including Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Azizza Davis Goines, Media host Big Al Sams, and Savvy Consulting Founder Jovan Agee, as well as a panelist from program sponsor Suncrest Bank and Republic FC.

The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Classy Hippie Tea Company

Classy Hippie Tea Co. is a wellness brand that specializes in T.E.A. at its foundation. We currently create wellness experiences centered around our love of tea, with plans to produce our own CA grown tea in the future. Learn more at

Feed Sacramento Homeless

Feed Sacramento Homeless is a culturally diverse grassroots non-profit organization that value respect, integrity, and loyalty in our delivery of family-oriented resources. Feed Sacramento Homeless was established to provide mobile resources for the homeless and low-income communities that are unable to provide transportation for self and family for the everyday necessities of life. Learn more at

Hundreds Unit

The Hundreds Unit is an empowerment, diverse large group of women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities, that workout to perform at professional events, which attract audiences by the hundreds and thousands. Learn more at

Playmakers Elite Sports Academy

The Mission of Playmakers Elite Sports Academy is to empower and transform the lives of young people by "Bridging the Gap" between real life expectations and what is provided through K-12 education. Our belief is that if we can create a facility that provides social, educational and recreational programs - then we can minimize or eliminate excuses by removing societal barriers, and paving the way to the road of success. Learn more at

Sugar Coated Cupcakes

Sugar Coated Cupcakes is main offering is our delicious Gourmet Cupcakes. Being in the Farm to Fork capital, we pride ourselves on using the freshest ingredients possible and are intentional in our purchase and support of local farmers and growers; for everything from our fruits to our butter and to our eggs. In addition to our Regular options we offer Vegan and Gluten-free by special request. Learn more at

The grand prize winner, as well as the additional prize winners, will be announced the first week of October. For additional information about Republic FC Kickstart, visit

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