To catalyze an innovative and entrepreneurial culture at Cal Poly and within the San Luis Obispo community.Our Success Stories
Our team of 35+ business consultants helps entrepreneurs launch companies, create and retain jobs, and attract capital investment.
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.
Economic Development DirectorRead More
Judy runs the CIE Incubator and SBDC programs. She holds a J.D. from the University of Paris X Law School and an LLM in International Tax Law at Golden Gate University.
Director of Finance and OperationsRead More
With over 20 years of financial and management experience, Damon oversees the financial, accounting and daily operations of the CIE. Damon was born in England and raised in South Africa and moved to the USA 20 years ago.
“I have been meeting with our lead consultant on a weekly basis, which has been very useful to discuss our challenges and be pointed to the right direction. Because the SBDC consultants have disparate areas of expertise, I was able to get help on different topics such as fundraising, bookkeeping, building financial projections and marketing.”
–Rita Mounir, Co-Founder and COO of Allthenticate
“As the business challenges escalated in 2020, our partnership with SBDC afforded us local help, skilled insight, and on-demand assistance. Our successes throughout the year were because we had timely and professional guidance to navigate our disaster assistance, maintain employees and customers, and plan for new horizons with e-commerce and digital services.”
–Mary Uebersax, CEO of Earthtones