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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Bayview Women Brew Success

May 6, 2017 11:08 am

By Janice Nesamani Starting her own southern tea business, Tea Promenade was a dream for Debbie Smith, a dream that Renaissance Bayview Women’s Program has helped make a reality. Making southern sweet tea was something that Deb always did well. People regularly complimented her brews and suggested she sell them. So one day, Deb did just that! She made some...
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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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