San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 22, 2013
Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (Renaissance) congratulates Claire Keane, owner of Clairesquares, on receiving a small business loan to expand production, buy equipment, and hire new two part-time employees. Renaissance partnered with Working Solutions, the administrator of the City of San Francisco’s Revolving Loan Fund, to provide Claire the funds she needs to embrace her business growth.
An artisan confectioner, Claire came to Renaissance in 2006 determined to open her business that year. She joined Renaissance’s Women’s Business Center, and in addition to taking Renaissance’s Business Planning class, Claire received other training services, including workshops and one-on-one consultations through the organization’s Financing Resource Center. She also received referrals to La Cocina and other local organizations to get specialized training for her business development.
“I felt inspired after attending an orientation and speaking to the enthusiastic staff at Renaissance,” remembers Claire. “Since then, I’ve been recommending Renaissance to anyone who wants to start a business.”
In 2009 Claire received Renaissance’s Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award. Her mouth-watering caramel and chocolate treats, crafted with traditional Irish recipes, have also brought Claire numerous national awards.
A winner all-around, Claire continues to grow her business and has words of wisdom for other entrepreneurs: “You can’t give up. After the ‘newness’ of the business or the product wears off, you plateau – keep going.”
Claire put her own words into action when she came back to Renaissance last fall and worked with the Financing Resource Center’s managing consultant Gwendolyn Wright to clarify her business plans, make projections and prepare loan application.
“Claire’s persistence and ability to garner all the available support to grow her business are truly admirable,” comments Sharon Miller, Renaissance CEO. “We are so excited she received the loan, and invite other Bay Area entrepreneurs to visit our Financing Resource Center and take advantage of the services we offer. I also highly recommend Clairesquares’ delicious treats – Milk Chocolate Squares are my personal favorite.”
In the past five years, Renaissance has secured 93 loans in the range of $2K to $200K – a total of $3.1 million supporting Bay Area small business launch, growth, and job creation.
For more information on Renaissance’s small business training and services, including the Financing Resource Center, please visit http://www.rencenter.org or e-mail info(at)rencenter(dot)org.
Renaissance brings the power of entrepreneurship to under-served communities through award-winning entrepreneurial training and support services to help motivated women and men launch and grow their own businesses, achieve economic self-sufficiency, and create employment for themselves and others.
Renaissance’s Women's Business Center, a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), provides business training, access to capital, access to markets and support strategies that are essential to the successful growth of new and emerging women entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area.