POWERING SMALL BUSINESS Innovative programs to help startups and
small businesses succeed in SLO County.
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Services for New and Existing Businesses

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No cost professional business consulting from industry experts in marketing, finance & access to capital, IP, and more.

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Intensive schedule of bootcamps, workshops, & events designed to strengthen business and entrepreneurial skills.

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SLO HotHouse

The physical space in downtown SLO where talented entrepreneurs can cowork or incubate, & access SBDC programming.

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To Date

$100 Million
Capital Raised

by SBDC Clients

Jobs Created
Business Starts
Clients Served
Hours of Consulting
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Open discussions facilitated by successful entrepreneurs & community leaders. Attendance is free and open to the public. A great networking opportunity and coffee is always provided!

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, but subject to change, be sure to check the calendar.

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Gain the knowledge you need for your business to prosper by attending one of our informative workshops. From social media marketing and building websites, to international trade, we host a variety of insightful trainings.

Workshops are always open to the public.

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Our events 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.

Visit our events page to sign up today.

Our Success Stories

Dozens of SLO County businesses trust the Cal Poly CIE SBDC

The Cal Poly CIE SBDC has been a wonderful source for cost-effective assistance; the quality of consultants and the care they provide has been a huge boost to our growth in infrastructure over the last two years.

– SLO Safe Ride

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At the SLO HotHouse

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

A Program of Cal Poly & the SBA

Dually funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Cal Poly CIE, the Cal Poly CIE Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a service center of the UC Merced SBDC Central California Regional Network.

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