Address Economic Inequality in the Bay Area

Help Small Business Owners Achieve Economic Mobility

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Transforming Lives Through Entrepreneurship

Yolanda didn't think that she could start her own business.

But after facing personal tragedy in her life with the death of her 16 year old son who was fatally shot, she decided that she wanted to make sure that no other mother in her community would ever have to share her pain.

Like most Renaissance clients, Yolanda was eager to own a business but lacked the tools and resources and was at a loss on how to start.

Fortunately, Yolanda joined Renaissance and received the training and support she needed. Today, she is the proud owner of YCAT-C, Yolanda's Construction Administration & Traffic Control in Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco. She employs 25 people, almost all of whom were on some form of public assistance prior to working at YCAT-C. Yolanda is proud to report that "My employees transitioned from being on welfare to being fully employed. Three have even purchased their own homes."

As Yolanda is giving back to her community, she has become a role model for other aspiring entrepreneurs and is showing them that they can start businesses too.

Economic inequality in the Bay Area is growing at unprecedented rates. While the Bay Area is home to 138,000 millionaires and billionaires, nearly a third of families live below the poverty level – almost half of whom are single women with children and a quarter of whom are people of color.

As a Renaissance supporter, you can directly address this inequality. One of the surest routes to economic mobility for people excluded from the Bay Area's dramatic growth is small business ownership.

Your gift is extremely important because it offers women and men who face systemic barriers to economic opportunity due to gender, race, economic background, sexual orientation, immigration status, or former incarceration the chance to transform their lives.

Last year, Renaissance helped our clients start and grow 500 sustainable businesses and created over 750 jobs for people who need them most in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are so grateful to you for helping our clients achieve their dream of starting their own business.

Your gift will help make a dramatic impact on a lower income person's ability to achieve economic mobility. Please send your gift today. Our emerging entrepreneurs are counting on your support!

With heartfelt thanks,

Sharon Miller, CEO

Photo caption: Yolanda pictured above receiving the Angela Cain Memorial Award at Renaissance's 2017 Small Business: Big Impact annual event

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