We’re highlighting our Runner-Up to this year’s Impact100 East Bay Grant – Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center!

Our members were so impressed with RenCenter’s work and its impact on our local businesses, we individually donated an additional $8600 to them.  That, combined with the $2500 from our Impact100 East Bay donation, resulted in over $10,000 in contributions to RenCenter!  

Renaissance helps women and men who face barriers to economic opportunity due to race or gender, break the cycle of poverty through small business ownership. 

Their mission, since 1985, is to empower and increase the business ownership of socially and economically diverse women and men, and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency. In 2019, RenCenters across the Bay Area served 1,991 lower-income clients who in turn started and grew 581 businesses and created employment for more than 750 local residents!

 Are you interested in contributing too?  There are lots of ways to help in addition to monetary donations.   RenCenter’s Wish List (provide link) includes donating services (bookkeeping, web design, etc) and volunteer opportunities.  Let us know if you want to volunteer your time or contact Bret Sweet, Director, Renaissance Richmond (bsweet@rencenter.org) directly.

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