Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center to Host Small Business/Big Impact Event

Annual benefit celebrates 25 years of small business success and recognizes entrepreneurial graduates.

Sep 23, 2009, 16:08 ET from Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center is hosting its annual benefit, Small Business/Big Impact, on Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 5:30 to 8:30p.m. at Bimbo's 365 Club, located at 1025 Columbus Avenue in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood.

2009 Entrepreneurs of the Year awards will be presented during the event in the categories of Established Entrepreneur, Emerging Entrepreneur, and the Angela Cain Memorial Award. Renaissance is a nonprofit, small business development center that transforms lives and communities by helping lower income women and men start, sustain, and grow businesses.

"This year's event is especially meaningful," says CEO Sharon Miller. "Small business is the engine of our economy. Everyone is fighting harder than ever to learn new skills and develop new business models that will keep their businesses alive and growing in these challenging times."

Awards will be presented to sisters Myra Holmes and Jacquie Heard of Star Partners Security Services, Inc. for Established Entrepreneur. Claire Keane of Clairesquares handcrafted treats and Marlene Cazares of Las Muchachas restaurant are the Emerging Entrepreneur recipients. James Adams of Adams Smoked Meats earned the Angela Cain Memorial Award.

Tickets for the event are $100 for general admittance (21 and over) and $50 for Renaissance clients and graduates as well as nonprofits, and can be purchased at Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

For additional information on the Small Business/Big Impact event, the 2009 award recipients, or the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center and its work, contact Cathy Mahihu or visit


Renaissance is proud to celebrate our 25th anniversary of empowering and increasing the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency. Each year, Renaissance's three locations -- South of Market and Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco and East Palo Alto on the mid-Peninsula -- serve more than 1,500 women and men with programs in English and Spanish.

SOURCE Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center