The mission of
1985 – Renaissance launched with Business Planning classes to help very low-to- moderate income women and men start and grow their own small businesses. The organization grew steadily and added Introduction to Business and Advanced Business classes.
1990 – Renaissance launched the first non-profit small business incubator in
1995 – Renaissance added our
1997 – Renaissance purchased our own building at
1999 – In partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Renaissance became a Women’s
2001 – Renaissance launched our second location, Renaissance/Bayview Business Resource Center (Ren/BBRC), to serve emerging and established businesses in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood of
2003 – Renaissance expanded the Incubator to serve 30 small businesses.
2004 – Renaissance expanded Ren/BBRC to add a small business technology center.
2005 – Renaissance launched Business Acceleration, an initiative to provide customized advanced services to help accelerate the growth of graduate businesses.
2006 – Renaissance formed the Fashion Industry Network (FIN), a partnership with the
2007 – Renaissance merged with Start Up, an
2008 – Renaissance completed a five-year strategic plan outlining its goals for organizational growth, and launched offsite programs in
2009 – Began managing the Third Street Corridor Program, a neighborhood market place initiative to support economic development focusing on the Third Street, Bayview Hunters Point’s main commercial corridor. Expanded Renaissance Mid-Peninsula with a small business technology center.
2010 – Launched Out of the Box,
2012 -- In partnership with the Marin Community Foundation, Renaissance opened its fourth location, Renaissance Marin, in San Rafael.
2013 -- Renaissance Marin became the host of Marin County SBDC (Small Business Development Center), a program of the SBA that offers both, low-cost business training classes and workshops and no-cost short, mid, and long-term counseling for existing businesses and certain start-ups.