What makes a good business plan?  What are the key components of writing a compelling plan and what are investors looking for in your plan?  This free seminar will help you write your best business plan ever! Topics include: Key components of any business plan Key questions your business plan should answer What are financial…

Creating a Business Roadmap – Oakland

In our Creating a Business Roadmap module, we guide you through a hands-on process for identifying the resources needed to grow the business, developing a business plan and building a financial forecast. This module is 12-weeks long and is well suited for early stage entrepreneurs looking to create plans to scale businesses with positive community impact. Click here…

Business Prep – Richmond

This intermediate 11-week course covers business basics and is designed to help participants determine the viability of his/her business ideas. Participants are prepared to write business plans by learning the fundamentals of marketing, operations and finance in 3 hr sessions. Fee: $120 – $240. Scholarships available (Class rate based on income).

Renaissance Orientation (SoMa)

Held regularly at all Renaissance Centers, orientations will introduce you to Renaissance classes, workshops, programs for women, special events, access to capital, and other services as well as other resources in your community. They will help you determine which programs and services are right for you and your stage of business development. You will also…

12-Week Business Planning Class (SoMa)

This intensive class focuses on creating a practical and effective business plan—one of the most useful documents an entrepreneur will ever use. It is a critical management tool for feasibility analysis, operations, marketing and finance and is necessary for accessing capital for business launch and growth.   $1,000 (scholarships up to 50% available)


This workshop is an introduction to creating a business plan. This plan can be used to summarize one’s business proposition and provides a great first step to getting organized. This plan can be useful when pitching one’s business to potential investors or partners, when attempting to secure capital or to properly manage a business.

Orientation: Kickstart Your Business

This workshop helps prepare attendees to embark on the journey of entrepreneurship. Covered are topics like 5 common misconceptions about small business owners, the 7 keys to success, local resources and the services Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center in Richmond provides to help your business get going and growing.