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Renaissance Comes to Pacifica

Small business training and

support for current and aspiring

Pacifica business owners

POSTED:   07/02/2013 05:07:43 PM PDT0 COMMENTS| UPDATED:   ABOUT A YEAR AGO

The City of Pacifica’s Economic Development Committee is partnering with the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce and the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, a 25-year old, San Francisco Bay Area 501(c)3 non-profit organization to bring a classroom-based, client-focused small business development program to Pacifica. The program kicks off with a “Launch Your Successful Business” orientation offered at the Oceana Art Gallery in Eureka Square on July 17 between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be generously donated by Oceana Market. The Renaissance program is supported by a grant from the County of San Mateo. This outreach is directed at Pacifica residents, but residents from Montara and points south will be also welcome.

 This effort is the most recent by the City to support the business community and aspiring entrepreneurs of Pacifica. Last January, the Economic Development Committee sponsored an “Aspiring Entrepreneurs Mixer” at Linda Mar Shopping Center, which featured presentations by KIMCO Realty, First National Bank of Northern California, the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Administration.

“Technical assistance is fundamental to starting or growing a successful enterprise, particularly in a challenging economy,” said Victor Spano, Economic Development Committee Chairman. “We are very happy that Renaissance will do a direct outreach here in Pacifica, and possibly hold more classes here for our existing and new businesses. Their program is award-winning.”

Renaissance has in the past assisted clients from Pacifica. Waven Dean Fernandes, a Chamber of Commerce member, will be Pacifica’s Renaissance Business Development Consultant.

The classroom-based model Renaissance utilizes at its headquarters and satellite locations, including Daly City and a recently launched online program, has an established track record of success. Participants receive foundational knowledge about business and are encouraged to develop ideas along with peers and high-qualified instructors. A class schedule will be developed for Pacifica if there are sufficient numbers of persons interested; otherwise, Pacifica residents are welcome to attend classes to be held in Daly City during the coming months.

New clients and those that complete the program are entitled to an intake assessment and limited one-on-one business consulting. These sessions are intended to help those interested to learn more about the program offerings and implement their action or business plans.

All classes offered by Renaissance are open to the public and free to individuals who may qualify based on income.

The Oceana Art Gallery is located at 150 Eureka Square Shopping Center. To R.S.V.P. or for more information about the orientation or the Renaissance Pacifica program, please call Victor Spano at (650) 219-8038 or visit www.rencenter.org

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