Success Stories

Abraham Lopez of YucaTech Technology Solutions

February 17, 2016 8:18 pm

Abraham Lopez made a promise to his 10-year old son Johny in 2007, “Someday, we’re going to open an electronics business.” For an immigrant from Yucatan, Mexico, with little English language skills, no technical skills or money, it was a tall order. In May of 2013, after receiving training and advising at Renaissance Marin, Abraham fulfilled his promise by opening...
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Alex Salazar of Salazar Architects Studio

January 20, 2016 1:39 pm

For years Alex Salazar, owner and principle architect for Salazar Architects Studio, Inc., has been fueled by duel passions for eco-architecture and social justice. Motivated by his desire to fuse his two passions, and help change the world in the process, Alex founded Salazar Architects Studio, Inc. in 2007 and began working with non-profit developers to design affordable and ecologically-sound...
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Alex Salazar of Salazar Architects Studio

Alicia Lopez of W & A Transport

January 20, 2016 1:43 pm

Alicia Lopez, owner of W&A Transport, emigrated from Mexico in November of 1986 with her husband Jose Luis. They arrived with only the clothes on their backs, and today run a successful and sustainable interstate trucking business. After years of working on the production line and as a mechanic for a Bay Area soap manufacturer, Jose Luis was injured on...
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Alicia Lopez

Andrine Smith of The ReCrafting Co.

February 14, 2017 2:13 pm

Andrine Smith is a lifelong crafter. She is an avid traditional rug hooker and knitter, among other crafts. In discussions with her fellow crafters over the years, she learned that many had amassed stashes of perfectly good and oftentimes costly crafting materials they no longer used or needed, but were reluctant to part with unless they would be put to...
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Angelique Clark of Angelique Interiors

January 20, 2016 1:36 pm

After working in a sewing workroom serving interior designers for over 12 years, Angelique Clark took the leap and opened her own custom workroom, Angelique Interiors in 2001.  While simultaneously taking the Business Planning class at Renaissance, Angelique was able to successfully start what has become a very lucrative sewing workroom that produces high-end customized window treatments, pillows, table coverings...
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Angelique Clark