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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

SBDC for Innovation
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

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Coffee & Conversation

Wednesday, April 23rd, @ 8:00am
SLO HotHouse, 955 Morro Street
"The Important Practice of Protecting IP"
Facillitated by: D'Arcy Lorimer, President, Lorimer Labs


Over the course of his extensive professional career, D'Arcy has filled the shoes of both inventor and attorney, gaining a complex understanding of the patent application process. His business, Lorimer Labs, helps local inventors with R&D strategies, technical consulting, and patent execution in an effort to help them protect their IP

Come Wednesday morning to hear about the importance protecting your Intellectual Property in its early stages of development and find out what strategic moves help ensure your best chances for commercialization. 


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Advancing Technology Enterprises in SLO County


One of a network of regional small business development centers, the Cal Poly Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for Innovation promotes the development of technology-focused ventures.  By providing high quality business assistance to start-ups and established companies, the Cal Poly SBDC for Innovation helps entrepreneurs launch companies, create and retain jobs, attract capital investment and contribute to the prosperity of the Central Coast.

The Cal Poly SBDC for Innovation represents a partnership between the university and economic development organizations already making a difference in San Luis Obispo County and neighboring areas.  In “hub and spoke” style, the Cal Poly SBDC for Innovation is a central clearinghouse for clients through its SLO HotHouse headquarters.

If you're looking to start or grow a technology business, contact us to request services.  We can help with services that can make the difference in developing a business plan, exploring markets, establishing a patent strategy, solving a product development problem, finding financing, getting a product to market, making and implementing a marketing plan, and many other challenges small businesses face.

If you have services to offer businesses in our area, join us.  We are always adding to our network of mentors, service providers, and technical experts who enjoy adding value to new and growing technology ventures -- and building our local economy.

Follow the link below to view upcoming training and workshop opportunities.

Schedule of Events for the Cal Poly SBDC for Innovation