Richmond center boosts budding businesses

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
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When Rebecca and Noel Shabazian in late July first opened the doors of their Albany salon, Raven & Rose, they were both excited — and nervous.

“It was like starting a new job and moving into a new house at the same time,” Rebecca Shabazian said. “It was surreal. Very surreal.”

The husband-and-wife duo had been comfortable working together at a hair salon in Berkeley and weren’t looking to become owners themselves. That is, until an industry conference in Long Beach changed their minds. It was the first time they saw their own potential, she said.

“I was in tears,” she said. “It was just this reminder of, ‘Oh my gosh, we could be doing so much more in our industry and in the community.”

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