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How We (Renaissance, our Clients, and YOU) Make an Impact

December 15, 2017 7:55 am

For three decades, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center has helped launch and grow more businesses (over 15,000 and counting!) than any other non-profit in the Bay Area. ( We are proud to participate in The Aspen Institute’s annual FIELD Program EntrepreneurTracker. This national survey, administered to a randomly selected pool of clients, evaluates clients’ household and business circumstances one year after they...
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Renaissance Holiday Gift Guide 2017

December 8, 2017 4:27 pm

This holiday season, we invite you to shop local and support Renaissance entrepreneurs! When you support local entrepreneurs, your purchase delights friends and family while helping to keep our local economy vibrant and strong. Many of these entrepreneurs in this guide are graduates of our business training programs or have benefited from our financing consultations. We have selected an array...
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What is #GivingTuesday, you ask?

November 21, 2017 11:36 am

Entering its sixth year, #GivingTuesday is when individuals and corporations open their hearts and wallets on a national day devoted to giving back. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Created in...
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Artesana: When ‘Business as Usual’ Equals Family Values

October 4, 2017 1:12 pm

Marielos Davila or Maria as she’s better known, said it was as if “something from the universe” led her to get the help she needed to launch her artisanal sausage business. Knowing she was trying to start a business, her sobrino (nephew) sent her a picture of an advertisement he saw for Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center’s Paso a Paso (Simple Steps)...
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Beth Pride, BPE Global

October 2, 2017 2:23 pm

When Beth Pride was laid off from her job, her boss told her “you’re ready.” He knew that she wanted to become a CEO and felt it was time. Beth found Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and immediately signed up for a Business Planning class. “Being unemployed was scary, but Renaissance gave me direction, took away the fear.” Beth finished the class...
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