Our Services


  • If you live in or have a business in North San Mateo County >> Business Resource Center (Amanda Anthony)
  • If you live in or have a business in Central or South San Mateo County >> Renaissance SMC (Teresa Perez)
  • If you live in or have a business in Santa Clara County >> Renaissance SCC (Janet Viana)

Business Certification

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center’s (Renaissance) new BizCert program can help you build your capacity and secure certification as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). Your business must be in, or you must live in, San Mateo County. This will open doors for you to access contracting opportunities that can lead to significant growth in your bottom line.

Our Team

Renaissance Peninsula and South Bay

Tim Russell
Program Director

(650) 321-2193 ext. 1102

Nora Razon
San Mateo Small Business Development Center Director

(650) 395-9130

Amanda Anthony
North County Business Resource Center Manager

(650) 829-4651

Carlos Reyes Jr.
North County Business Resource Center Program Assistant

(650) 829-4660

Janet Viana
Program Manager

(408) 827-5579

Teresa Perez
Program Coordinator

(650) 321-2193 ext. 1104

Isabela Aguiar
Program Coordinator | San Mateo Small Business Development Center


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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.

Workshops & Events

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

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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Grant Opportunities

California Microbusiness COVID-19 Relief Grant

The California Office of the Small Business Advocate has released new grant funding to benefit microbusinesses in San Mateo County. The first-round deadline to apply is Monday, April 11, 2022.

To receive this grant, you must:

  1. Have a business located in San Mateo County
    1. The business must have started before December 31, 2019
    2. The business must have been the main source of the business owner’s income in 2019
    3. The business must be legally operating (i.e. paying sales tax, registered with the state as appropriate)
    4. The business must have fewer than 5 employees (in 2019, 2020 and now)
  2. Have gross revenues (sales) under $50,000 in 2019 taxable year.
  3. Demonstrate at least a 10% decrease in revenues from 2019 to 2020.
  4. Not have received the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant. If you received PPP, EIDL or any county grant, you are still eligible, if you meet the other criteria.

To begin the application process, complete the eligibility form below:

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Anthony at

Support hotlines for application assistance​ (available weekdays between 9:00am – 4:00pm)
English:  650-829-4651​
Spanish: 650-829-4660​
Chinese: 888-262-7552​
Tagalog: 415-766-7059