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Renaissance Women’s Business Center, funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Women’s Business Ownership, supports entrepreneurs, especially women, and individuals facing economic or social disadvantages, with comprehensive training and counseling for business startup and growth.

We provide business training, counseling, access to capital and markets, and support strategies for Bay Area entrepreneurs. We proudly emphasize empowering women in entrepreneurship while also serving all individuals from diverse backgrounds.

For more information on the Small Business Administration, click here.

All SBA programs and services 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: Lucero De Leon at ldeleon@rencenter.org or (415) 348-6217.


Our Renaissance SoMa team serves San Francisco and the entire San Francisco Bay Area.

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 Planning Class

For graduates of our Start Smart program and established entrepreneurs, this class delves into business fundamentals, networking, and confident business plan construction over 10 weeks (50 hours). Covering marketing strategies, operations, and financial projections, this interactive class establishes a sturdy foundation for your entrepreneurship journey.

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.

Women Mean Business

Women Mean Business is a dedicated networking series empowering female entrepreneurs to connect, collaborate, and grow together.

Red de Emprendedoras Latinas

Eventos de networking en Español para mujeres latinas emprendedoras! Organizado junto con la organizacion Prospera.

Your Business on Your Schedule Business Planning Class

An on-demand business planning class. Entrepreneurs gain essential skills, craft dynamic business plans, and broaden their networks. Tailored for parents, caregivers, and professionals, participants will benefit from expert counseling, networking events, and top resources. This program is proudly funded by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate.

Coffee and Community

Interactive networking events for entrepreneurs to share stories of resiliency, strength and support. Come prepared to meet and talk with other entrepreneurs and the Renaissance team.


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Lucero De Leon

Center Director (Women’s Business Center)

Susana Cardenas

Client Success Manager

Isla Covarrubias

Program Specialist

Xhensila Jenny Manoku

Project Associate

Nancy Aguilar

Program Associate

Yolanda Sturgis

Data Entry Assistant

Tim Russell

Regional Director

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