Renaissance offers the unique opportunity to take charge of your economic well-being, change the financial trajectory for future generations, and uplift your community.
Renaissance provides a comprehensive array of programs tailored for entrepreneurs at every stage of business development – from business startup to growth. Our services are available in both English and Spanish and are offered for free or low-cost. Explore our Programs page to discover the complete list of core programs we offer.
Begin by filling out an Interest Form and signing up for Orientation. Offered in both English and Spanish, our orientations are designed to introduce you to our services and programs, providing you with a clear roadmap for your entrepreneurial journey
Renaissance connects emerging and established entrepreneurs with programs and services suited to their unique business needs. Please take a moment to fill out an interest form and share additional insights about your goals. Our dedicated team will then be in touch to guide you through the next steps.
Renaissance serves aspiring and existing Bay Area small business owners. Our clients are 90% low-to-moderate income, 75% people of color, 81% women, and 39% immigrants. Since our founding, we have supported over 40,000 individuals who have started and grown more than 21,000 businesses and created employment for nearly 32,000 residents. Learn more.
If you’re currently operating a business and are seeking financing or financial technical support, complete our Interest Form. A member of the Renaissance team will promptly get in touch to connect you with one of our financial services.
Our Business Prep and Business Planning classes can assist you in building essential critical business skills and developing a practical and applicable business plan.
Note: New clients must first fill out an interest form and complete orientation before registering for classes.
Business Planning Class: This class delves into business fundamentals, networking, and building a business plan construction over 10 weeks (50 hours). It covers marketing strategies, operations, and financial projections. This interactive class establishes a sturdy foundation for your entrepreneurship journey. Offered through our South of Market Women’s Business Center/SoMa.
Renaissance currently offers classes online and in person.
“Your Business on Your Schedule” is a flexible on-demand class with 6 dynamic sessions. Access pre-recorded modules, along with counseling, workshops, and networking events. Complete the Interest Form to begin.
Visit our Become a Client page and complete the Interest Form. Upon submission, you’ll receive a link to select your orientation date. During the orientation, a Renaissance team member will work with you to enroll in classes tailored to your business needs.
Established in San Francisco in 1985, Renaissance serves the Bay Area through multiple centers, including
South of Market, San Francisco (SoMa/Women’s Business Center): Serving the entire Bay Area
Location: 275 5th Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco: Serving Bayview Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, and lower Fillmore
Location: 1325-B Evans Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124
East Bay: Serving Contra Costa and Alameda Counties
Location: 1503 MacDonald Avenue, Suite 112, Richmond, CA 94801
South San Francisco: Serving Northern San Mateo County
Location: 366 Grand Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Peninsula, East Palo Alto: Serving San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties
Location: 1848 Bay Road, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Peninsula, San Mateo Small Business Development Center (SBDC): Serving San Mateo County
Location: 1900 O’Farrell Street, San Mateo, CA 94403
Peninsula, San Jose Office:
Location: 2150 N. First St, Suite 430, San Jose, CA, 95131
Renaissance Peninsula currently has four offices there and will launch a new Center in North Fair Oaks in early 2024.
Half Moon Bay
Location: 637 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
The Renaissance Women’s Business Center, located in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, is partially funded by the Small Business Administration and local and state funding. Although we specialize in empowering women entrepreneurs through tailored programming, all of our programs are fully accessible to entrepreneurs of any gender.
For those residing outside of California, we strongly recommend connecting with your nearby technical assistance centers, such as local Women’s Business Centers, Small Business Development Centers, or SCORE chapters. These federally funded programs offer valuable training and individual support to small businesses.
Renaissance is currently seeking volunteer mentors and facilitators. If you are interested, please fill out a contact form here and a Renaissance team member will contact you.