success stories

Angelique Clark of Angelique Interiors

After working in a sewing workroom serving interior designers for over 12 years, Angelique Clark took the leap and opened her own custom workroom, Angelique Interiors in 2001.  While simultaneously taking the Business Planning class at Renaissance, Angelique was able to successfully start what has become a very lucrative sewing workroom that produces high-end customized window treatments, pillows, table coverings...
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Angelique Clark
Astrid Lopez of Elite Sport Soccer

The Lopez family immigrated to the U.S. in the late eighties from Bogotá in order to escape Colombia’s political, social, and economic unrest, and live in a safer environment. Astrid and her husband pursued the economic opportunity afforded them and opened Elite Sports Soccer, Inc., a retail business selling soccer clothing and accessories like their shop in Colombia. Having built a...
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Brenda Lynch of Genesis Green Cleaning

Brenda Lynch was always very clear, she wanted to own her own business, and she specifically wanted that business to be based in cleaning. “I enjoy seeing the difference between before and after a good cleaning” Brenda states. After enrolling in Renaissance Richmond, Brenda was able to realize her dream and launched Genesis Green Cleaning in 2014. “I named the...
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Christiane Schmidt of Walzwerk & Schmidt’s

Seeking new experiences and adventures Christiane Schmidt moved from her native Germany to San Francisco in 1997.  Having worked sixteen years in the restaurant industry prior to emigrating to America Christiane was confident she could run her own eatery.  Like many Bay Area entrepreneurs, Christiane had the industry-specific knowledge and experience required to succeed but came to Renaissance in 1997...
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Christiane Schmidt
Cristina Rosario of ACI Construction

Cristina Rosario was the sole provider for her three children. While she was actively searching for a new career, she joined a construction company as an administrator. She quickly began to take on additional responsibility in compliance, marketing, inspection, purchasing and client service. As Cristina learned more about the industry, she was hooked and began to take on odd jobs...
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