Women’s Entrepreneurship Programs

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development offers a variety of programs that support women-owned businesses. Visit each program's link for more information.

 

Bayview Women                                           

The Bayview Women program is funded by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) through the Invest In Neighborhoods initiative and in partnership with the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. This intensive 12-week program provides training, mentorship, peer support and networking to aspiring women entrepreneurs in the Bayview Hunters Point community, including the Alice Griffith and Hunters View public housing facilities. The program will expand to the Fillmore in 2018. Women who complete the program are eligible to participate in a pitch contest, “RenTank,” for a cash prize to help launch their businesses. To sign up for orientation or to learn more about this program, contact Ericka Green at egreen@rencenter.org. For more information, visit Bayview Women.

 

Established Women                                       

The Established Women program is funded by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) through the Invest In Neighborhoods initiative and in partnership with the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center. The program offers free, customized, one-on-one, consulting services for San Francisco-established women business owners. Participants are also invited to monthly networking events to connect with other women entrepreneurs. Contact Kareen Boncales to learn more and schedule an appointment at kboncales@rencenter.org. For more information, visit Established Women.

 

La Cocina Incubator Program

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development through the Invest In Neighborhoods initiative is proud to support La Cocina’s Business Incubator Program. La Cocina serves talented low-income food entrepreneurs, primarily women from communities of color and immigrant communities. La Cocina’s clients leverage their cooking skills into a successful business that generates assets for themselves and their families while creating jobs for others. 94% of the program’s clients are women. Please visit their website for more information on how to apply to the program. For more information, visit La Cocina’s Business Incubator Program.

 

San Francisco Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) through the Invest In Neighborhoods initiative is proud to offer the San Francisco Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund (SFWEF) in partnership with the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). The Fund provides mini-grants of up to $5,000 to women-owned small businesses operating in San Francisco for projects and upgrades that will have a transformative impact on the business’ ability to grow.  All eligible applicants will be invited to present their project’s proposal to the SFWEF Committee, which holds monthly pitch events. Contact MEDA Business Development Program Manager Edwin Rodriguez: (415) 282-3334 ext. 102, erodriguez@medasf.org. For more information, visit San Francisco Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund.

 

Wu Yee Children’s Services – Family Child Care Small Business Development Program

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development through the Invest In Neighborhoods initiative is proud to support Wu Yee’s Family Child Care Small Business Development Program. Having available and capable Family Child Care (FCC) professionals to care for their children is vitally important for working parents. Wu Yee works to support FCC providers and enable them to operate successful, high-quality child care businesses. Individuals interested in beginning a FCC Small Business and providers already operating an FCC home-based business can benefit from Wu Yee’s training expertise, mentoring and guidance. 99% of the program participants are women. If you would like more information on training and workshops for child care providers, please call 415.230.7537, email providerservices@wuyee.org. For more information, visit Wu Yee’s Family Child Care Small Business Development Program.