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‘Hands Up Lake County’ To Give Away Prizes

August 18, 2020

A $10,000 sponsorship from the City of Clearlake tops the list of sponsors putting up cash to support Lake County startups and small businesses competing in the first of its kind business opportunity. “Hands Up Lake County,” inspired by “Shark Tank,” the popular reality TV show where entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas to investors, the project of the newly
formed nonprofit 1 Team 1 Dream, takes a more homespun approach, guaranteeing a one-time cash award and ongoing mentorship to support the winning businesses.

Helping businesses thrive

August 14, 2020

Maryann Schmid (left) co-founder of the “1Team 1 Dream” nonprofit and Clearlake City Manager Alan Flora hold up a mock check Thursday, announcing the city’s donation of $10,000 towards first prize for the “Hands Up Lake County Project,” a competition to open doors for budding entrepreneurs and small businesses in the County with co-founder Olga Martin Steele (center) in the background.

Local Business Competition to Award Over $20,000 in Cash Prizes: Now Accepting Applications

March 30, 2020

Do you believe in and love Lake County?  Have a dream to own your own business or ready to take your small business to the next level?  Are you willing to attend a 1-day training and pitch your idea for a cash prize?

If you answered yes to these questions then you are an ideal candidate for “Hands Up Lake County,” a project of 1Team 1Dream, a local nonprofit entity with a mission to support and promote economic prosperity in Lake County.

Non-profit offers "Hands Up" to Lake County business owners

March 21, 2020

The founders of a local nonprofit that formed after the 2018 Mendocino Complex fires are getting ready to kick off a small business incubation program that will award thousands of dollars to five finalists in Lake County with promising ideas.

Hand Up Lake County is a contest modeled after the television show Shark Tank and projects like Startup Mendocino, which provide seed money and training to small business owners and entrepreneurs in a competitive format, where judges and an audience ultimately decide who wins.

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Lake County Record Bee: A New Disaster Relief Effort Begins

October 11, 2018

Peter and Maryann Schmid, owners of The Lodge at Blue Lakes, hosted a community Meeting Tuesday attended by local non-profit and business leaders, government officials, friends and neighbors and representatives from various agencies like the Small Business Administration in an effort to brainstorm and strategize recovery efforts following the history making fires and emergencies which have plagued Lake County over the past few years, including the recent Mendocino Complex fire.

The meeting was moderated by Lake County Chamber CEO Melissa Fulton.

1Team 1Dream - Recover Lake County Community Forum

September 11, 2018

Stay informed. Click on the video to watch the Recover Lake County Community Forum.


1 Team 1 Dream is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting economic growth in Lake County. The organization was formed in response to the years of fires and for the need to help budding business enterprises thrive and survive. 1 Team 1 Dream seeks to build economic resilience and stability amidst varying economic and environmental challenges. 

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1Team 1Dream

5135 W. State Highway 20

Upper Lake, CA 95485


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