Business Assistance

Helping entrepreneurs contribute
to the prosperity of the Central Coast.

About us

The Cal Poly Small Business Development Center (SBDC) promotes the development of technology-focused ventures by providing high-quality business assistance to start-ups and established companies. We help entrepreneurs launch companies, create and retain jobs, and attract capital investment.

Our Vision

To catalyze an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at Cal Poly and within the SLO community.

Our Success Stories


Located in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, serving businesses throughout the county.

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Our Mission

To help create jobs and grow our regional economy by providing entrepreneurs and small businesses with high quality education, consulting, support for innovation, and all of the tools necessary to build successful, sustainable, and scalable businesses.

How We Do It

With a specific focus on high growth and technology business opportunities, the SBDC helps develop businesses by utilizing:


Experienced consultants offering free and confidential services.


Practical, cutting-edge workshops that inspire innovation.

Office Hours

Open office hours for confidential walk-in expert consultation.


An environment filled with entrepreneurial spirit and support.

What our clients say

The SBDC has been an invaluable extension of our team over the past year. Notably, the consultants are world-class; they’ve helped us with legal issues, accounting inquiries, and they even provided assistance for our first round of investment.- Sander DiAngelis, Moja Gear

Our Awesome Staff

The dedicated SBDC staff, along with our expert consultants are here to help.
Judy Mahn



Judy is the Director of the Cal Poly SBDC and the Incubator Director for the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She holds a J.D. from the University of Paris X Law School and an LLM in International Tax Law at Golden Gate University.

Natalie Lovegren

Natalie Lovgren

Project Coordinator

As our Project Coordinator, Natalie is an integral part of the SBDC. She holds a BS in Business Administration and two minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.

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Interested in becoming a client?

Apply to get personal one-on-one assistance from our expert consultants. Also be sure to attend a workshop or special event, which are always open to the community.
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