Marlene Cazares

Renaissance Mid-Peninsula

Renaissance Mid-Peninsula is abuzz with the spirit of Silicon Valley entrepreneurship! With a full suite of classroom-based learning to help you launch or grow business, all that’s needed is your passion, commitment, a little elbow grease! Our expert staff is dedicated to coaching and guiding you through every phase of your business’s growth, in an environment that is supportive, experiential, and collegial.

Each Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center location offers unique services along with several core classes offered organization-wide. Please browse our course descriptions below and check the calendar for additional support offered through one-on-one consultations and more.

Mid-Peninsula At-a-Glance: 

  • Serves East Palo Alto to Daly City
  • All programs are offered in English and Spanish
  • Has the first – and only – Business Incubator in East Palo Alto!

Classes & Workshops

Foundational Courses

  • KICK START YOUR BUSINESS  Are you ready to start a business or thinking about it? Find out your business readiness and get the tips and resources, including the access to a wide range of Renaissance’s services, to launch or expand your business.
  • BUSINESS PREP  Test the feasibility of your business idea and learn the fundamentals of marketing, operations, and finance. You will use market analysis, operational plans and financial projections to determine if your idea has potential for success. To enroll, you’ll need a clearly defined business or concept.
  • SIMPLE STEPS  An empowerment and business planning class for women. By the end of the program, you’ll have a solid business plan, the training needed to succeed and the personal empowerment to do it yourself! You will learn how to write a business plan, analyze your competition, price your product or service, keep accurate records and manage your finances, and promote your business.
  • BUSINESS IMPLEMENTATION   Are you ready to launch or grow your businesses? Join the class for weekly meetings with small groups of entrepreneurs and a facilitator to complete business plans, create sales and marketing plans, detailed financial projections, and an implementation plan.

Skill Building Workshops and Advanced Training


Computing Basics

Creating a Website


  • Marketing & Branding
  • Accounting & Bookkeeping
  • Business Law
  • Financial Projections
  • Business Credit
  • Human Resources for Small Businesses

Coaching & Advising

We offer free-of-charge consulting to business owners. Please note that individualized services beyond the initial intake require attendance in at least one of our courses.

Consulting Areas:

  • Accounting
  • Business Plan Development
  • Loan Packaging
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Business Taxes
  • Licenses/Permits
  • Bookkeeping
  • HR for Small Businesses

Financial Education
SECURE FUTURES  A five-session course where you will learn about budgeting, effective savings habits, building and repairing credit and how to achieve your financial goals. You will also learn how to protect yourself from predatory lenders and identity theft and ways to manage your money safely. You will also receive up to three five one-on-one Financial Coaching sessions after the class.

Financial Coaching ( up to 4.5 hours)
Further client support and motivation is available through Secure Futures bilingual coaches. You will develop financial goals and begin taking steps towards financial freedom and self-empowerment. The coaching program encourages participants to be creative, whole, and resourceful as they navigate the pathway to self-sufficiency and long term stability.

Networking & Events

At Renaissance, we know that entrepreneurs benefit greatly from networking with, learning from, and supporting each other. To encourage this, we organize events and forums that help you to find peers at a similar stage of growth, in a similar industry, or who are meeting to discuss a particular topic.

We always have content, discussion, or a presentation in order to make sure that the important conversations that need to happen, do happen.

Keep an eye on our calendar to find networking events that cover the topics and/or include business owners you may find helpful.  Some events are focused on a particular industry while others may be organized around a subject, a specific business, or geared to specific groups, such as women.


  • Meet the Owner events
  • Renaissance Women’s Network
  • Successful Women in Business Series

Selling Your Product or Service
Once you are a Renaissance client, you can take advantage of many opportunities. Your success is our goal. You are in business to sell and be profitable.  We provide opportunities throughout the year to help you sell your products or services at our annual gala, SF Small Business Week, corporate sales events, holiday markets, trade shows (ex. SF Gifts), and others.

Office Space

Located in an easily accessible area, Renaissance Mid-Peninsula is the first and only Small Business Incubator in East Palo Alto. We offer low-cost office space and ongoing business support to emerging and established small businesses.

Office features:

  • Secured building
  • Commercial space
  • Parking
  • Phone, Fax & High-Speed Internet
  • Mail service
  • Meeting rooms
  • Shared kitchen

Access to:

  • Business advisors and expert consultants
  • Business planning and development
  • Skill-building workshops
  • Bay Area-wide network of successful entrepreneurs

Join our small business incubator and you will save money, get a head of your competition, and gain access to a life-long business training and support services.

For more information and rates, please contact Crystal Rasmussen at 650 321 2193 or


Crystal Rasmussen
Program Coordinator

(650) 321-2193ext 1103

Tim Russell
Tim Russell
Program Director

(650) 321-2193 ext. 1102

Scarlett Velasquez
Program Assistant

(650) 321-2193


Renaissance Mid-Peninsula
1848 Bay Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
(650) 321-2193