Cal Poly CIE Small Business Development Center launches campaign refocusing on Small Businesses Success
San Luis Obispo, Calif (July 12, 2020) – After a record breaking AngelCon, with more than $145,000 awarded by local investors, the CIE Small Business Development Center launches the Moving Main Street Forward Campaign, a focused effort towards bringing small businesses the resources they need to thrive in San Luis Obispo County.
“Our center is fortunate and unique compared to other centers in California, in that we have a large variety of companies that we support and counsel – from technology companies to young startups, to family run businesses,” said Judy Mahan, the CIE SBDC’s Economic Development Director. “We are known in the county for our support of entrepreneurs, early-stage start-ups and investor introductions. The Moving Main Street forward campaign is focused on showcasing the services that we offer for retailers, restaurants, gyms—main street businesses—the businesses that are the heart and soul of the local business community.”
The SBDC has a roster of 30 consultants with a wide range of backgrounds, from seasoned CFOs to veteran marketing gurus, to manufacturing experts. These consultants are available at no cost to SBDC clients. They can help main street businesses navigate challenges against the cornerstone of their business from financial forecasting to sales projections.
The Moving Main Street forward campaign highlights programs and services that the SBDC established to help specifically with small businesses. Services such as business focused seminars with topics like how to use QuickBooks, establishing and growing company culture or how to certify as a women owned business.
“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, Mint & Craft, Novo Restaurant & Lounge, Robin’s)
To learn more about the SBDC and services available visit SBDC.CALPOLY.EDU
About the Cal Poly CIE Small Business Development Center
The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) Small Business Development Center is funded in part through a subcontract between Cal Poly CIE, the city of San Luis Obispo and UC Merced, under the current cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SBDC is a top resource for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, offering no-cost, expert one-on-one business consulting, training and online courses in startup assistance, debt and equity funding, sales and marketing, international trade and product commercialization.