About Us

The Cal Poly CIE Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides high-quality complimentary business assistance to start-ups and established companies. We help entrepreneurs launch companies, create and retain jobs, and attract capital investment.


At The CIE HotHouse

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo, the CIE HotHouse is home to the SBDC along with the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship Accelerator and Incubator Programs.

At THE SANDBOX, Paso Robles

We are excited to extend our programming to THE SANDBOX Paso Robles to host our SBDC Outreach Center, consulting, and workshops. These programs are at the forefront of technology, innovation, and Economic Development in San Luis Obispo County.

At The Launch Pad, Grover Beach

Our newest Outreach Center at The Launch Pad, Grover Beach is a great new space for consulting, and workshops.

Services for New and Existing Businesses

A Consulting Session in Progress


Experienced consultants offering free and confidential services.

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Open Office Hours

Open office hours for confidential walk-in expert consultation.

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People Attending a Workshop


Practical, cutting-edge workshops that inspire innovation.

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Interior of the SLO HotHouse


An environment filled with entrepreneurial spirit and support.

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To Date

$144 Million
Capital Raised

by SBDC Clients

Jobs Created
Business Starts
Clients Served
Hours of Consulting

What Our Clients Say

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Judy Mahan was a Godsend!

“She was enthusiastic about what Mazen is doing, knew some of the players the CEO was dealing with and was well connected to the investment community. Her support, mentoring and relationship building has positively contributed to Mazen’s success in finding additional investors ultimately leading to data demonstrating that the dream of oral vaccination can be realized.”

–Jenny Filbey, CEO of Mazen Animal Health

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Crucial to our success.

“The SBDC has helped us in a tremendous way. The activities and resources we received have been integral to the success of our start-up. They helped us with funding, building a team, sourcing various providers, and supporting members of our staff.”

–Haley Pavone, CEO and Founder of Pashion Footwear

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A powerhouse resource.

“The SBDC became an immediate member of Luna Red’s team, offering invaluable assistance in positioning — from restaurant layout to marketing strategy — and at no cost.”

–Shanny Covey, Restaurateur and Co-Founder of Blue Mango

(Luna Red, Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Robin’s)

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