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Welcome to Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center!

In our first 34 years, we have helped over 29,000 entrepreneurs to start and grow more than 15,500 small businesses, creating 24,000 jobs. If you have a business idea you want to explore, are ready to start a business or want to grow your business, Renaissance is here to help you transform your dreams into reality. We serve Bay Area entrepreneurs through our centers: SoMaBayviewMid-Peninsula (San Mateo & Santa Clara counties) | Richmond (Alameda & Contra Costa counties). 

Renaissance serves over 1500 English and Spanish speaking Bay Area residents each year, the majority of whom face systemic barriers to economic opportunity due to gender, race, economic background, sexual orientation, immigration status, or former incarceration.

They are caterers, bakers, plumbers, and pickle makers. They own cafés and restaurants, sell mannequins, design jewelry and much, much more. While their industries differ, they all share one critical trait – the desire to start and grow their own businesses as a means to achieve economic mobility, build assets and establish a solid foundation for future generations.

How can Renaissance help?

Our work demonstrates that through small business ownership, individuals who face systemic barriers to economic opportunity due to gender, sexual orientation, race, income level, immigration status, or former incarceration can achieve economic mobility, create better futures for themselves and their families, and play a pivotal role in building local economic prosperity.

How do I get started?

Through the English and Spanish language training and support services Renaissance delivers in our Centers in South of Market, Bayview Hunters Point, East Palo Alto and Richmond, and offsite programs in Oakland and San Jose, our clients develop the technical and “soft” skills, and confidence, they need to turn their dreams into reality. Are you next?

Upcoming at Renaissance

Classes and Workshops to build your business skills