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 Mahan

Economic Development Director

Judy is the Economic Development Director and 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.

Liz Fisher

Program Manager

Liz Fisher is the Project Manager in charge of all programming and events. She coordinates center staff, consultants and assists the director wherever is needed. She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Idaho and has a strong background in hospitality and higher education administration.

Damon Watkins

Director of Finance and Operations

With over 20 years of financial and management experience, Damon is the Director Finance & Operations at Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship and 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.

Alexis Cox

Graphic Design and Administrative Coordinator

Alexis coordinates the front office of the center and creates all digital and physical collateral. She is a recent graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a B.F.A. in Art and Design.

Olivia Van Hoy

Project Coordinator

Olivia is the Project Coordinator and is responsible for coordinating SBDC programs, consultants, process management and marketing. She is a Cal Poly graduate and holds a B.S. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration and a Minor in Integrated Marketing Communications.

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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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