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Who We Serve

Each year Renaissance serves more than 1,800 very low- to moderate-income women and men who start and grow their businesses, gain skills they need to achieve financial self-sufficiency, and transform their communities. The individuals we serve reflect the social, cultural, and economic diversity of the San Francisco Bay Area: 90% are low- to moderate-income; 72% are women; 65% are people of color; and nearly one in eight have disabilities.
 

Our entrepreneurial programs are offered at five locations: South of Market and Bayview/Hunters Point in San Francisco, East Palo Alto on the Mid-peninsula, San Rafael in Marin, and in Richmond. We offer services in Spanish at Renaissance Mid-Peninsula and Renaissance Marin. We also offer offsite programs.

Since our launch in 1985 with a single business planning class, Renaissance has helped more than 8,000 businesses launch, grow and succeed:

Over 40% of Renaissance graduates create two or more jobs

96% of graduates who entered Renaissance with an existing business remain in business

58% of clients who came to Renaissance in the pre-launch stage are now operating a business

The median gross revenue of our clients after one year in business full-time is $60,000

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