Address Economic Inequality in the Bay Area

Help Small Business Owners Achieve Economic Mobility

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Transforming Lives Through Entrepreneurship

Amos didn't think that he could ever start his own business.

Growing up in Haiti, his grandmother had instilled in him the belief that he could make something out of himself with nothing. But, upon moving to the United States, he fell on hard times and became homeless. Starting a business, now, seemed like an impossible dream.

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

Fortunately, Amos joined Renaissance and received the training and support he needed. Today, he is the proud owner of ADF Handyman & Painting in Richmond, California. Now Amos is on the road to realizing his dream and is a role model for other aspiring entrepreneurs, 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: Amos pictured above receiving the Emerging Entrepreneur award at Renaissance's 2017 Small Business: Big Impact annual event

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