Renaissance Richmond

Renaissance Richmond welcomes new and experienced business owners who desire the skills, community and empowerment to build thriving businesses. As more and more individuals turn to entrepreneurship as a way to support their livelihoods, families and personal aspirations, business-building essentials – like a clearly defined mission statement, idea-testing for feasibility, and solid financial projections – become the greatest precursors of success. Our Richmond staff is here to help you work your plan and to celebrate your success!

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.

Richmond At-a-Glance: 

  • Center offers classes in Spanish and English
  • Our Richmond location has been open since 2012


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.
  • START SMART  Learn the basic tools you need to start a successful business. You will use a Business Plan Canvas (a visual hands-on tool) to get your ideas on paper, test them, refine, and adjust to meet the needs of your market.
  • 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 (Paso a Paso)  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. This course is offered in Spanish.


Scholarships in Richmond available for certain classes and are based on income level. Download application here and return to Lucero  De Leon at

Coaching & Advising

Individualized consulting available for clients who are working for themselves and satisfactorily complete Business Prep or Start Smart and are implementing a business or action plan.

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.


Lucero De Leon
Lucero De Leon
Program & Marketing Coordinator

(510) 221-2003

Bret Alexander Sweet
Bret Alexander Sweet
Center Director

(510) 221-2002


Renaissance Richmond
1500 MacDonald Avenue
Richmond, CA 94801
(510) 221-2000