Small business

My first business partnership

My first business partnership

The first business I owned in San Francisco was a retail food business. It was a crash course in how to launch a small business and what it takes to start a business partnership. Know your business partner My business…

Starting a business partnership

Starting a business partnership

Starting your own small business can be a leap of faith.  Starting a business in partnership with others can be an even bigger leap.  How can you be sure that your business partner(s) will be the right fit – with…

Business skills and lessons learned

Business skills and lessons learned

As a small business owner, you bring your know-how from past successes and failures to your business.  As the business grows, you continue to build on lessons learned and hone your business skills.  For many small business owners, “learning from…

Defining success: advice from the field

Defining success: advice from the field

No matter how we define success — our business skills must align with our business’ needs at each stage of growth.  The skills needed initially for an emerging business must deepen and expand as the business grows.  We must consistently…

Business advice from the field

Business advice from the field

One of the most enjoyable moments during the Renaissance Business Planning Class is when we invite graduates back to the classroom to share their experiences and their business advice. They talk about their successes but also reveal their struggles and…

How to Handle Business Complexity

How to Handle Business Complexity

A common issue for small business owners is the relationship between business skills or management capacity and the complexity of the business. If you start a business slowly, you may be able to handle everything yourself.  If you only have…

Happy Entrepreneurship Month – Give Thanks!

Happy Entrepreneurship Month – Give Thanks!

Did you know that November is National Entrepreneurship Month? In celebration and recognition of entrepreneurs and small businesses across the country, President Barack Obama proclaimed November National Entrepreneurship Month. This is a wonderful thing! It is important to recognize small…

In the news

In the news

PTA students and clients have been receiving great press over the past few months and we want to share some of their news… This summer SF Chronicle included an interview with Andrea Kenner, owner of the Sebastopol boutique, Tamarind. Andrea…

Sustainability in Business

Sustainability in Business

We frequently teach and meet with entrepreneurs who want to run sustainable and responsible businesses. For them, it’s not just about the bottom line but the triple bottom line – people, planet and profit. How do we care for our…

Entrepreneurs of the Year

Entrepreneurs of the Year

On Wednesday, October 7th, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center will be honoring three graduates of Renaissance’s 14-week Business Planning class at their annual gala. The award winners are exemplary business owners who have minimized personal risks and were motivated to plan carefully…