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Lunch & Learn: Empowering Small Businesses with Access to Capital (WBC)

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

These sessions are designed to be dynamic and interactive, fostering a collaborative learning environment for those truly committed to exploring and developing their entrepreneurial skills. We encourage active participation, meaningful discussions, and a genuine commitment to the learning process. Please be prepared to engage, share your insights, and contribute to the collective growth of our entrepreneurial community.

Are you an entrepreneur looking to secure funding for your business or startup? Join us for our monthly engaging and informative session: Lunch & Learn: Empowering Small Businesses with Access to Capital.

Securing capital is often a major challenge for many aspiring business owners, but with the right knowledge and guidance, you can navigate the funding landscape with confidence. These office hours are designed to provide you with valuable insights, practical strategies, and expert advice on accessing capital to fuel the growth of your business.

During this interactive session, you will have the opportunity to ask your access to capital questions to Gwen Wright, an industry expert, to help you secure funding. Gwen will share experiences, discuss various funding options, and shed light on the key considerations and best practices for accessing capital.

Facilitator: Gwendolyn Wright.

Gwendolyn Wright is the Managing Consultant of The Wright Consultants. Her mission is to start and grow businesses, increase entrepreneurs’ access to capital, and improve their financial acumen. She has extensive experience, in e-commerce, retail, and wholesale to manufacturing and distribution, consulting, and coaching small and medium size businesses for over twenty years. She has earned a reputation for having a contemporary management style, combining finance, marketing, and project management skills with entrepreneurial vision and discernment. She works well with companies in various stages of development from start-up to planned growth. She is excellent at creating sales and business development strategies. Sweet spots of focus include the food industry (restaurants and cafes, specialty retailers, and small craft foods and beverages) and the fashion industry (designers and tech, apparel, and accessories- especially jewelry). Clients are located nationwide from San Francisco to New York City. International projects include Italy, Cambodia, and Australia. Continuous market research and trend analysis have taken her around the globe to London, Hong Kong, Beijing, Panama, Johannesburg, Accra, Paris, and Tokyo. She was awarded the Small Business Finance Advocate of the Year Award by the Small Business Administration and participated in a congressional trade mission to South Africa and Ghana with Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Education includes Bachelor of Arts, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, Graduate study, Business Administration, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, Commercial Lending Graduate School, Corporate Banking Division, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. She is one of the best small business consultants and coaches in the industry!

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Renaissance WBC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the SBA. All SBA programs or cosponsored programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested, at least 2 weeks in advance. Contact: Isla, Isla@rencenter.org, (415) 348-6227


April 9
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Isla Covarrubias
(415) 348-6227