How We (Renaissance, our Clients, and YOU) Make an Impact

For three decades, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center has helped launch and grow more businesses (over 15,000 and counting!) than any other non-profit in the Bay Area.

We are proud to participate in The Aspen Institute’s annual FIELD Program EntrepreneurTracker. This national survey, administered to a randomly selected pool of clients, evaluates clients’ household and business circumstances one year after they complete our intensive training. Our 2017 survey results show that our small businesses have a big impact:

  • 95% of business owners remain in business
  • 82% of owners met their income goals
  • 17% average increase of household income
  • 69% of businesses have employees

On average, each business supports 4 jobs (including the owner), and the average employee wage is $23.60 per hour, more than double the California minimum hourly wage

You can view more of our 2017 survey results at

Your tax-deductible donation to the Renaissance Center helps create small businesses that make a big impact in the Bay Area. We are so grateful to you for helping our clients achieve their dream of starting their own business. During this holiday season, as we celebrate our clients’ successes and impact, we hope you will give generously toward helping small business owners achieve economic mobility, contribute to the local economy, and make their communities stronger.

Renaissance Holiday Gift Guide 2017

This holiday season, we invite you to shop local and support Renaissance entrepreneurs!

When you support local entrepreneurs, your purchase delights friends and family while helping to keep our local economy vibrant and strong. Many of these entrepreneurs in this guide are graduates of our business training programs or have benefited from our financing consultations. We have selected an array of businesses that focus on quality and creativity.

  1. Fiddlesticks – Fresh take on classic kid’s clothes, toys, and books
  2. T-We Tea – Tea with heart and spunk! Handcrafted in San Francisco
  3. Love A Bee – Pure raw honey sourced from some of the most unique places in California
  4. Socola Chocolatier – Award-winning San Francisco chocolatier offering artisanal chocolate truffles inspired by South East Asian flavors
  5. Luana Coonen Jewelry – High-quality, hand-crafted jewelry made with sustainable materials and contemporary design
  6. Ryan Debonville Knitwear – High-end handcrafted knitwear for the discerning, style-conscious consumer
  7. Samudra Skin & Sea – Pure skincare harnessing the regenerative qualities of wild seaweed
  8. Sharon Zimmerman Jewelry – Jewelry that is unique in its understatement—clean and simple, yet distinctive and playful
  9. Yvonne’s Southern Sweets – Southern style specialty desserts such as pralines, sweet potato pies, and peach cobblers

…and more!

Food Catering



Children’s Gifts

Packaged Treats

Beauty, Health & Wellness