Renaissance SoMa

Our SoMa office is the place where dreams transform into “Open for Business” signs. Our foundational courses will help you launch with confidence, and when it’s time to fund your business’s next phase of growth, we’ve got experts who can help you access the capital you need. All this, plus the perks and personality of a downtown San Francisco location!

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.

SoMa At-a-Glance

  • Renaissance purchased the building and moved to 275 5th Street in 1997
  • Our Fashion Series is offered at this location – including branding, prototyping and pricing

Commercial office space at available at our SoMa Center

Rent a commercial office space and join our vibrant community of entrepreneurs and nonprofits. Our office is conveniently located blocks from BART, walking distance to restaurants, bars, gyms, coffee shops and grocery stores.

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 PLANNING  You have started selling your product or service or will be within the next three months. Write a comprehensive business plan that covers all aspects of your company’s operations, including marketing, finance, management and more. The class includes one-on-one consultations, Excel classes, financial coaching, and a business plan review session.
  • 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.

Skill Building Workshops and Advanced Training

Legal Workshops in Partnership with the San Francisco Community Business Law Center:

  • Legal Entity Choices for Our New Economy
  • Contracts Among Small Business Co-Owners
  • E-Commerce Legal Protection
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Before you Sign that Lease
  • How to Write an Independent Contractor Agreement
  • Introduction to Labor and Employment Law


  • Bookkeeping Bootcamp
  • Quickbooks Bootcamp

Funding Your Business:

  • Access to Capital

Marketing and Sales:

  • E-commerce: From launch to marketing
  • Sales training: From qualifying to closing

Fashion Series:

  • Fashion Branding
  • Fashion Prototyping
  • Fashion Pricing
  • Fashion Consulting
  • Fashion Law – Before you sign that lease

Check our calendar to find out when each course is offered next.

Renaissance offers scholarships for lower-income individuals

Here at Renaissance we understand the particular financial challenges of starting a business in the Bay Area. We prioritize serving people with low to moderate incomes who are currently in business or who want to turn their dream into a reality.

In order to receive a scholarship for a Renaissance class:

  • Your income must fall within the scholarship range. Our scholarship levels are based on current HUD income categories for county and household size. Please see our Financial Assistance Chart below to see at what level you qualify.
  • You must submit proof of income at least one week before the beginning of class. Acceptable documentation includes your most recent tax return or proof of government assistance. All documents submitted to Renaissance will be kept confidential.

Coaching & Advising

The Renaissance Financing Resource Center provides financial education, technical assistance and access to capital to help small business owners become better managers of their business finances and understand growth opportunities.  If you are starting a business and have your business plan written or are in business and ready to expand, contact us for a FREE one hour consultation.

Our services include:

  • Loan packaging
  • Technical assistance
  • Connections to small business loan programs
  • Pre and post-loan consultation
  • Credit counseling referrals

Contact Gwendolyn Wright for a consultation at (415) 348-6222 or

As a small business owner I had huge inflated start-up numbers. Renaissance Financing Resource Center helped me focus my financial needs into real numbers. With more grounded numbers, FRC helped me find a company that could finance my start-up business and get my doors open!” Melissa Myers, owner of The Good Hop Shop

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

Renaissance SoMa hosts over 30 small businesses and non-profits within a vibrant entrepreneurial environment. We offer commercial leases to both emerging and established small business owners.

Amenities and services for tenants include:
• 24-hour building access
• Professional front desk reception
• Access to meeting, teleconference and training rooms
• Use of office photocopiers, fax and telephones
• Janitorial services
• Front lobby signage
• T1 and wireless technology
• Furnished/unfurnished offices or cubicles*
• Parking (subject to availability)**
• Low-cost office spaces***
• Great networking opportunities!
• Low-cost office spaces***
• Great networking opportunities!

*Furnished offices available for an additional fee and deposit
**Monthly garage parking is also available under separate lease (subject to availability)
***Limited number of discounted lease rates for qualified applicants.

Must provide financial information upon request.

Transportation: We are just three blocks away from the Powell Street Station (BART and Muni)

Neighborhood perks: Minutes away from shopping and fine dining! (Westfield Shopping Mall, Citizen’s Band), SFMOMA, Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Yerba Buena Center for Arts.

Neighbors: Twitter, Dropbox, Salesforce, Square and many more.

To learn more or schedule a tour, contact Rob Taylor at or (415) 541-8580.


Fatimah Aure
Fatimah Aure
Women's Business Center Director

(415) 348-6217

Aracely Barrios
Aracely Barrios
Finance Coordinator

(415) 348-6208

Kareen Boncales
Program Coordinator

(415) 348-6227

Laura Giacomini
Director of Development

(415) 348-6207

Wendy Guzman
Wendy Guzman
Development Associate

(415) 348-6209

Genessa Kealoha
Executive & Special Projects Associate

(415) 348-6204

Lisa Kirvin
Lisa Kirvin
Managing Director of Finance, Operations and HR

(415) 348-6247

Jon Jimenez Macuso
Jon Jimenez-Macuso
Data & Evaluation Manager

(415) 348-6203

Lucinda Martin
HR Manager


Sharon Miller
Chief Executive Officer

(415) 348-6243

Kristhian Miranda
Maintenance, PT

Erin Morris
Facilities and Operations Associate

(415) 514-8580

Kai Obiozor, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center Staff
Kai Lyle-Obiozor
Door Monitor, PT

(415) 514-8580

Joe Sigman
Accounting Manager

(415) 348-6212

Kate Shepherd
Kate Shepherd
Data & Reporting Associate

Philip Smith
Finance Director

(415) 348-6259

Rob Taylor
Rob Taylor
Facilities & Operations Manager

(415) 348-6224


Renaissance SoMa
275 5th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 541-8580