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Our Renaissance South San Francisco team serves Northern San Mateo County.

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.

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.

📍Preparing for Capital (SSF 06/25/2024)

Economic Advancement Center 366 Grand Ave., South San Francisco

About This Class With Gabriela Sapp If you are planning to start your business and need capital to invest in […]

Black Business Summit 2024

The College of San Mateo 1700 W Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA, United States

Join us to celebrate your achievements and tackle challenges together on August 8! We can't wait to see you and […]


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Carlos Reyes, Jr

Program Manager, North San Mateo County

Alexia Huerta

Program Coordinator, North San Mateo County

Tim Russell

Regional Director

Jerry Mathis

Program Specialist

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