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Start Smart (San Jose – 6 Weeks)

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Duration: Once a week for 6 weeks

If you are ready to start a small business, are very new to business or are thinking about how to pivot your business, this class is for you! Start Smart is a six-week course where you will learn the basic tools and business fundamentals needed to start-up successfully. You will work with a Business Model Canvas (a visual hands-on tool) to get your ideas down on paper, test, refine and confirm concepts, and adjust your conclusions about customer needs.


  • Learn how to define your vision
  • Create a mission statement
  • Assess your skills, passion and resources
  • Craft a business strategy to match your reality
  • Test the viability of your products and services

About the Instructor:

Eileen Brewer is a California native and comes to us with 20 years of experience working at tech companies in Silicon Valley. She has been a global consultant and trainer focused on entrepreneurship for the last eight years. In this role, she has trained over 5000 people across 15 countries. Ms. Brewer has been an angel investor with Golden Seeds for five years. She has listened to hundreds of product pitches in these roles, invested in multiple startups, and mentored dozens of founders. She is passionate about helping early-stage founders gain the knowledge they need to be successful.

There is a new way to register! You can now register using your client profile. By setting up a client profile, you will not have to fill out the same personal information for each workshop you register for, making it faster and easier in the long run! 

a)  If you already have a Client Portal Profile, click the Register button below.

  • In the Client Portal, go to the Calendar tab (top left) and select Start Smart (San Jose – 6 Weeks), click enroll, answer the questions, and submit! You will receive a confirmation email.

b) If you don’t have a Client Portal profile, create one at this link. Make sure to use the same email address you have used in the past with Renaissance. You may change it later, but this allows our system to recognize you. 

If you already have an intake form on file, you’ll see the Calendar tab in the top left.

If you do not, you will need to fill one out before you can see the Calendar tab. It may also ask you to update your information.  The user interface isn’t perfect, so make sure to scroll up and keep clicking “Continue” or “Sign” in order to complete the forms. If you have any problem during this, please contact Janet Viana at jviana@rencenter.org.

Once the Calendar tab is visible, you can register by going to your profile’s calendar tab and selecting Start Smart (San Jose – 6 Weeks), hit enroll, answer the questions and submit!

If you have any questions about the class or you have problems with creating a client profile, please do not hesitate to email jviana@rencenter.org!

register here


March 28
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Janet Viana
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