east bay

How To Work With Us



  1. Attend An Orientation

  2. Complete An Intake Form

  3. Enroll in a Business Modeling Course

  4. Complete Course

  5. Complete Launch Checklist



  1. Attend An Orientation

  2. Complete An Intake Form

  3. Enroll in a Business Planning Course

  4. Complete Course

  5. Complete Growth Checklist


We have drop in sites in the following locations. Please contact our staff to schedule a drop in session.

Oakland – 464 7th Street Oakland, CA 94607

Richmond – 1500 Macdonald Avenue Unit B, Richmond Ca 94801

Antioch – 3501 Lone Tree Way Suite 4 Antioch, CA 94509

East Bay Service Areas

Alameda County – We primarily focus our programs in Oakland but serve the following cities: Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Castro Valley, Hayward, Newark, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and Union City.

Contra Costa County – We primarily focus our programs in Richmond and Pittsburg but serve the following cities: Antioch, Brentwood, Baypoint, Concord, Crockett, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Hercules, Martinez, North Richmond, Oakley, Pinole, Rodeo and San Pablo.

Come to an Orientation!

We invite you to attend an upcoming orientation to get an overview of all small business services offered at Renaissance.

Start Smart

If you have a business idea, our Start Smart class will help you test the feasibility of that idea, develop foundational business skills and build your business network.

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Business Prep

If you have made steps toward starting a business, have taken an introductory class, or are ready for growth, Business Prep is your next best step on the path to success. You will learn business skills, develop financials, write an Action Plan and build networks with other like-minded entrepreneurial individuals and expert consultants.

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Workshops & Events

Continue to develop essential business skills, networks and knowledge with our workshops and special events.

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Women's Empowerment

Renaissance’s Women’s Business Center, a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), provides business training, access to capital and markets and support strategies that are essential to the successful growth of emerging and established women entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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East Bay Successes


The Family Economic Opportunity Network (FEON) is a collaboration of organizations in Contra Costa County with a focus on the Eastern region of the county’s cities such as Baypoint, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley and Byron. The network is a collaboration of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, the Antioch Community Foundation, Pittsburg United Methodist Church, the Family Justice Center and the STS Academy.

Click here to learn more about our partnership with FEON.


The Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center East Bay secures partnerships and collaborations as functional strategic alliances between fellow nonprofits that are intended to achieve greater impact. The following is a list of our closest collaborators:

  • Alameda County
    • Alliance For Community Development
    • Black Cultural Zone
    • Eastside Ventures
    • Fruitvale Senior Center
    • Oakstop
    • Oakland Black Chamber of Commerce
    • Pacific Community Ventures
    • Roots Community Health
  • Contra Costa County
    • Antioch Community Foundation
    • Bridge Art Space 
    • CoBiz 
    • Family Justice Center
    • Latina Center 
    • Lyftup Contra Costa
    • Monument Impact 
    • Richmond Main Street Initiative
    • Richmond Neighborhood Housing
  • East Bay (Both Counties)
    • Rubicon 
    • Spark Point

Capital Grant Programs

We offer grants to entrepreneurs to assist with Covid-19 pivots in Contra Costa county and the city of Oakland.

Please contact Bret Sweet for more information

Technology Grant Programs

  • Chromebooks
  • Square readers
  • Thermometers


Please contact Ginelle Curincita for more information