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Our Renaissance Peninsula, East Palo Alto team Serves San Mateo County.

Business Incubation

Our business incubator provides professional, affordable offices and cubicles, meeting rooms, networking opportunities, and business support services to help the launch and growth of businesses in the Bay Area.

Business of Child Care

The program serves both aspiring and established business owners.  For new entrepreneurs,  we offer an introductory program that provides the basics of starting a childcare business. For those  with at least a year’s experience, our advanced program delves into marketing, operations, finance, and HR to elevate your childcare business.

Zero to Food Trucker

Get a comprehensive guide to launching a food truck – covering permits, marketing, operations, financial insights, management, and event coordination.

Pop-up Accelerator

Starting a brick-and-mortar business can be an overwhelming prospect. Many companies start by participating in pop-up events, festivals, and fairs. This program walks aspiring and new entrepreneurs through the steps to be successful in these temporary opportunities – from refining sales pitches to designing space and determining pricing.

Secure Futures

The foundation of all successful businesses is stable and predictable personal finance.  For individuals who don’t know their credit scores, want to improve their credit scores, or gain strategies to create budgets and consistently manage their spending and savings, Secure Futures is a values-based financial empowerment training and coaching program that helps people understand their finances from the ground up, and how to use them to make their dreams come true.

Start Smart Class

Over the span of this four week course, participants will create a Business Model Canvas– a powerful tool that assists you in constructing their mission and vision, refining their business strategy, and assessing the feasibility of their product or service.

Business Prep Class

For graduates of Start Smart or for those already operating their own businesses, our Business Prep program is designed to enhance business skills, develop financial strategies, craft a detailed action plan, and foster networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs and expert consultants.

Aplus Dry Cleaner

Thuy Pham, owner of APlus Dry Cleaner, launched her business in 2012 in the heart of East...

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Fiesta Mexxikana

Fiesta Mexxikana in San Jose was in business for 10 years, specializing in Mexican party supplies and...

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Tico Coffee

Mariana is a Tica (Tico / Tica is a colloquial term for a native of Costa Rica)...

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Artesanias Kool

Artesanias Kool sells clothing, art, and gifts imported or made by local artists. Hector and Betty make...

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SUAREZ PAINTING INC.

Suarez Painting Inc. is a licensed and insured woman-owned business that provides painting services for interior and...

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PAN AFRICA CITY ALIVE

Pan Africa City Alive is a retail business selling curated clothing and accessories from Africa....

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MITCHELL’S ENVIRONMENTAL LLC

Mitchell’s Environmental LLC offers disinfection, odor removal, water damage restoration, and airborne containment testing....

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Rustic Postres

Eva Zermeño created Rustic Postres, a dessert shop that specializes in mostly organic brownies, cookies and baked...

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Florecitas Decoraciones

San Bruno resident Clara Vasquez of Florecitas Decoraciones loves decorating for events - but she didn't think...

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Amanda Anthony

SMC Program Director

Teresa Perez

Program Manager, South San Mateo County

Beatriz Orozco

Program Coordinator, South San Mateo County

Laura Rubio

Program Assistant, North San Mateo County

Jerry Mathis

Program Specialist

Tim Russell

Regional Director

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