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Amos Louis of ADF Handyman & Painting LLC

August 22, 2017 2:05 pm

Amos Louis came to Oakland from Florida in 2000, trying to make a better life for himself. Unfortunately his dreams did not come to fruition. He couldn’t find a job and tragically spent years homeless and in and out of jail. Amos’s luck turned when a jewelry maker business owner offered him a helping hand. He brought Amos into his...
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The Renaissance Women’s Leadership Council Needs YOU! (Women and Men welcome!)

March 20, 2017 5:34 pm

  The Renaissance Women’s Leadership Council was founded in 2016 to provide support and guidance in driving programmatic direction, raising funds and increasing the visibility of lower-income women entrepreneurs as they strive to create better futures for themselves and their families. In its pilot year, under the leadership of Chair Charmaine Detweiler, the Council provided leadership to drive sponsorship and sales...
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Women’s History Month: Renaissance Honors Trailblazing Women in Business

March 2, 2017 5:04 pm

All of us at Renaissance are thrilled to invite you in to join us in celebrating our trailblazing women entrepreneurs. This year’s Women’s History Month is especially exciting as The National Women’s History Project declared “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” as its annual theme. I am proud that supporting women to achieve their true potentials, create wealth and...
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Fall in Love with Chicks and Love Pizza Patio

February 2, 2017 12:16 pm

Chicks & Love was created from the love, passion and talents of two native Bay Area professional women: Chef Kellie Joe and her wife, Vanda, a designer. Together, they are known as The Chicks. Kellie Joe, also known as Chef Chick, got started in 2010 by selling pizzas at the Orinda Farmers Market, then ended up at the Walnut Creek...
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The Queen of Mannequins Reaches for a Million

December 15, 2016 1:52 pm

Judi Henderson of Mannequin Madness Growing a Million Dollar Business If you were to ask Judi Henderson how, on a whim, she turned an art project into a business approaching a million dollars, she would tell you “I know I’m standing here now because of Renaissance.” She attributes the success of her Oakland-based business, Mannequin Madness, to the confidence, network...
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Renaissance client Judi Henderson with mannequins.