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Starting a Business Workshop

In collaboration with Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, we offer a series of workshops to assist you in starting a new business.  These workshops are held in multiple locations.

In these four, three 3-hour sessions, participants plan the launch or expansion of their businesses at their own pace.  Learn from a panel of small business owners. Emphasis of the course will be for you to create mission and vision statements, craft goals as well as strategies to achieve them and a develop action plans to launch or expand your business.  As a result of the workshop, attendees will have developed a one page business plan.  Also, group follow-up sessions and individualized consulting for business owners are designed to support clients throughout the process of starting and/or growing.  (12 hours)


Launch Your Successful Business-Orientation

Are you ready to start a business?

What are the issues and the steps to succeed?

This is brief introduction to the collaborative learning process utilized by Renaissance.  It is also an orientation to the services offered by Renaissance on the Mid-Peninsula.  The class presents the challenges of entrepreneurship and several key factors of successful business owners as well as several useful tools to help participants assess their business ideas.  (2 hours) Free



Phase2Careers' Entrepreneur Profile - Bruce Finocchio

Bruce Finocchio

Tell me about your new business.  Why did you get started?  What do you do?

I started my nature photography business in 1994, so it’s not new. What’s new is that it’s full time now; I am actually trying to make a living at it. 

If I can make living, then, I can do what I love all the time.  Make enough money to travel and photography wildlife in different locations; see wonderful inspiring wildlife across the world.


What passions do you bring to your business?

I love nature and wildlife; every moment is unique and special, evolving before your eyes with splendor, beauty, and awe. 

I was lucky to experience nature when I was young, and this experience over the years led to a love of the earth.  I bring this love to my photography, capturing images that sing with beauty.


What did you learn in the Start and Grow Smart class?

To have a successful business you have to have a plan, a road map to follow, your ideas, objectives, and strategies need to be written down. The Start and Grow class really helped me formulate my plan and crystallize ideas to make my business successful.


Any suggestions for those starting a new business?

You have to have passion and love what you are doing.  Find your music and don't let it die within you.  Then, establish a good business plan, learn from others, find mentors and others who can assist you in areas where you need expertise.  Develop a team and business family that support and help your business grow and become successful. 


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