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Amos Louis, ADF Handyman & Painting LLC

October 2, 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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Yolanda Jones, Construction Administration & Traffic Control (YCAT)

October 2, 2017 1:50 pm

Yolanda Jones owner of Yolanda Jones Construction Administration & Traffic Control (YCAT)  built her business with her community in mind. With her roots in Bayview Hunters Point, Yolanda is dedicated to creating jobs and opportunities for local residents. Yolanda first learned about running a small business – and caring for her community – from her father, a trucking company owner....
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Eden Stein: The Heart of San Francisco’s Mission Bernal Neighborhood

July 1, 2017 11:14 am

On June 18th, 2016 a five-alarm fire devastated the 3300 block of San Francisco’s Mission Bernal neighborhood, destroying six businesses – including several legacy businesses – displacing 41 residents, and causing about $14 million worth of damage. After the firefighters put out the fire, leaving the residents and business owners with the charcoal skeletons of what once were their livelihood...
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The Diversity of Beauty in Oakland: Skincare by Feleciai

June 20, 2017 12:00 pm

After 12 years feeling unsatisfied with her work as an Oakland-based real estate broker, Feleciai Favroth found her calling as an entrepreneur and esthetician. She was motivated to bring more diversity to the skincare and beauty industries. “It’s getting better,” she reflects, “but it’s nowhere near where it needs to be. I still see one-size-fits-all in magazines.” When she made...
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Skincare by Feleciai

Volunteer Spotlight: A Perspective on Renaissance From Two International Volunteers

June 18, 2017 11:45 am

By Genessa Kealoha Two extraordinary interns were drawn to Renaissance, inspired by our work with local entrepreneurs. We got a look into why they came to Renaissance and what they plan to do next. Xhorxha Nikolli (pronounced Georgia) is from Albania and has a Bachelors in Psychology and a background in social justice. Before coming to the US she worked...
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