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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). 

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Yamilet Gonzalez

March 23, 1973 – March 17, 2019

Renaissance deeply mourns the passing of our dear colleague Yamilet after a 15-month battle with cancer.  For twenty years, Yami worked with hundreds of Renaissance clients, helping each entrepreneur pursue their dreams of small business success.

Yamilet joined Renaissance on November 8, 1998 as an administrative assistant at our headquarters in San Francisco’s South of Market. In 2001, Yamilet requested the chance to help launch and grow Renaissance’s Bayview Center, where she continued to work for the rest of her 2 decades.  Yamilet always had an eye for opportunities to help Renaissance Bayview grow our programs and reach.  Little by little over the years, she supported Renaissance in outgrowing two different sites in Bayview Plaza before moving to India Basin in 2013.

Yamilet greeted each colleague, client, friend and new business owner as if they were the only person in the room – she helped them see the best in themselves and to always have hope.  Her laugh could be heard all the way down the hallway; her hugs were felt long after she had let go!

Rest in Peace, Yamilet – the Renaissance community will never forget your kindness, dedication and care!