All services provided through the SBDC are offered at no cost and are strictly confidential.
We offer a wide variety of general business consulting services such as:
- Basic Operations
- Business Model Development and Business Planning
- Strategic Planning
- Access to Capital (SBA Loans)
- Human Resources
We also offer Technical Assistance in areas such as:
- Technology Transfer and Commercialization
- Research & Development Funding from SBIR and STTR grants
- Intellectual Property Issues
- Alternative Financing (Crowdfunding, Angel/VC Funding)
- Technology Networking and Resource Identification
- Prototype Development
Marketing and Sales
Sales and MarketingRead More
Barry has 36 years’ experience enabling organizations to enter & scale & new markets, become the industry go to brand, and improve sales and customer retention by executing best in class customer care. He has a BS degree in Business/MIS from Cal Poly SLO and an MBA from Chapman University.
Marketing, PUBLIC RELATIONSRead More
Becky’s 30+ years of communications experience has allowed her to do a little bit of everything. But, writing, editing, content creation and brainstorming with clients are her passions. She is an astute researcher and intuitive listener, which allow her to learn various industries quickly and craft effective messaging to get brands noticed in a crowded marketplace.
In the past, Becky has managed her successful consulting practice since 2002. As a contractor with the Small Business Development Center in Eureka, C.A for eight years she has worked with more than fifty businesses across dozens of industries.
Strategic Planning, Brand Management and MarketingRead More
Kristin Mehiel is a sales and marketing expert with 20 years of experience. Most recently, Kristin was an integral member of the executive teams at two national companies. She was the Head of Sales and Market Development with Experts Exchange, leading the B2B sales strategy and corresponding teams; and she was the Director of Market Development with Kibo, formerly Shopatron, a SaaS-based, distributed order management eCommercecompany. Prior to moving to the Central Coast in 2005, Kristin was the founding publisher of DiningOut Orange County, the leading publication for fine dining and specialty restaurants.
Customer development, salesRead More
Kurt has a 20-year background in customer feedback management, training and development, and sales management. He’s worked with startups to established Fortune 500 companies and is the founder of The KJF Group and CEO of WorldMentor.
marketing, salesRead More
Honored for teaching excellence and club advising, I have held positions in a broad range of industries, including nonprofits, sole proprietorships, and a major corporation. As the driver behind Cal Poly’s new Sales Minor, I act as a liaison between industry and Orfalea College of Business, coach competitors in the Orfalea College of Business Sales Competition and National Collegiate Sales Competition, advise the student marketing club (AMA – American Marketing Association), and coordinate Cal Poly’s Marketing Career Conference.
Market researchRead More
I’m an author, public speaker, consultant, instructor, and academic business librarian.
I have written and presented on: academic library spaces and how those spaces help creativity and innovation, applying lean principles to managing radical innovations in academic libraries, how to create a welcoming environment for non-binary job seekers and employees, and big data and data literacy. I am currently completing a book on job searching: The 3 Most Powerful Communications: Research Your Way to a Great Job!
As an business librarian I provide research consultations to diverse range of students and community members. I create and teach information literacy classes for business, economics, and entrepreneurship classes. I am passionate about student success, especially in helping with the job search.
Marketing, communicationsRead More
Paula has over 20 years of marketing and PR experience. She has a passion for branding, digital marketing, and social media. Paula holds the ICSC Certified Marketing Director (CMD) designation and has a BS, Communication Arts from Cal Poly, Pomona.
RETAIL, MAIN STREETRead More
Anthony is a Central Coast local. and a lecturer at Cal Poly in the Industrial Technology and Packaging Area. He teaches product design and development, along with supply chain management. An entrepreneur at heart, Anthony has started three manufacturing companies, and three additional retail companies.
Market ResearchRead More
Leyla provides research guidance and curates information resources as the librarian for the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science at Cal Poly, S.L.O. She previously served as Plant Sciences Librarian at the University of California, Davis. She began her career as a research contractor, collecting market and materials information for bioenergy, animal feed, and green building projects. She has ten years experience in the food system, including leadership of a countywide farm to school food program, and supporting small-scale organic seed producers across California with resources and networking opportunities. She holds master’s degrees in botany and in library and information science.
General business, medicineRead More
Jolie is a San Luis Obispo local and a Cal Poly graduate. She has worked in the healthcare industry for 20 years, as a CEO of healthcare organizations and as the owner of a consulting practice.
General Business, españolRead More
General BusinessRead More
Leadership, teams, partnersRead More
Sara has worked nationally as a consultant and coach since 2004 and has broad experience in the private, nonprofit, education, and government sectors. Her companies have specialized in leadership, team alignment, organizational development, and executive and performance coaching. Sara is the owner and principal of LaForest Coaching and Consulting and has served as a mentor and consultant for CIE and SBDC since 2013.
General Business, Hispanic CommunityRead More
Carla is an experienced bilingual business instructor and business consultant with strong leadership and relationship building skills. She has previously worked at Women’s Economic Ventures, Mission Community Services Corporation, and Wells Fargo Bank. Carla is able to read, write and speak fluently in English and Spanish and is proficient in conducting outreach, including one-on-one support.
General BusinessRead More
Jeff Erramouspe is a people-focused, culture-first, metrics-driven CEO with a track record of launching, growing and successfully exiting early stage companies. His blend of strategic and operational experience across a broad array of industries and technologies gives him a unique perspective that is beneficial to start-up through scale-up companies. A native Californian, Jeff recently relocated to the Central Coast after 27 years as part of the start-up community in Austin, TX.
General BusinessRead More
I am an experienced human-centric leader with 10+ years of experience in high growth, cross-collaborative, global/remote teams. I consider myself an innovative brainstormer, creative problem solver, and a big believer in diverse and collaborative teams and solutions. I believe that HAPPIER people produce better work and culture needs to be woven through systems. I enjoy providing a psychologically safe space to share ideas, provide input, and come up with solutions or perhaps that next big thing! I value communication, growth-mindset, emotional intelligence, diversity, and trust. My specialties Include: Startup Support, Leadership, L&D, Project/Program Management, Stakeholder/Client Relationship Management, Wellbeing and Resilience, Trust & Safety, Customer Experience/Journey, Mentoring, Coaching, Mindset, Story-telling, and People.
Finance and Operations
Manufacturing, Supply Chain, OperationsRead More
Dr. Ahmed Deif is an Associate Professor of Operation and Supply Chain Management. Before joining Cal Poly, Dr. Deif was an assistant professor and the program director of the industrial and service engineering department at Nile University in Egypt from 2010-2013. Dr. Deif was also an assistant professor at the industrial systems engineering dept., at University of Regina in Canada from 2008-2010 where he still serves as an adjunct professor. He is also currently an adjunct associate professor at the Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Windsor in Canada where he served as a visiting scholar from 2013-2014.
BOOKEEPING, QUICKBOOKSRead More
Amy brings 20+ years of experience in working with small businesses. She has a strong background in helping companies find a bookkeeping system that works best for their organization. Amy enjoys working with clients on understanding financial reports, gauging the health & profitability of their business.
Quickbooks, FinanceRead More
Packaging, Product DesignRead More
Data ScientistRead More
Jean has extensive experience both at the bench in molecular biology research as well as applying bioinformatics and genomics solutions to a variety of agricultural, biomedical, and other biotechnology applications. Her focus is on leveraging computational technology to advance biological research. She received her PhD in Genetics at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, has years of collaborative research experience with various consortium science projects like ENCODE and the Undiagnosed Disease Network. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology, focusing on genetics and bioinformatics and serves as the Co-Director of the Bioinformatics and Applied Data Science in the Center for Applied Biotechnology. She also is the co-founder and CSO of Cerro Data Science.
Rolando is a senior operations, strategy and financial planning consultant. Over his 20+ year career, he has advised leaders at multi-billion-dollar corporations such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, 3PAR, Synopsys, Cadence Design Systems and Hitachi Data Systems, as well as small businesses and startup ventures.
Rolando works closely with clients to generate informed and successful business strategies by systematically solving marketing, sales, production, labor and financing challenges.
Susan is a Finance and Business Operations executive with over 25 years of diversified experience in entertainment, technology, mobile gaming and clean tech. She is dedicated to an entrepreneurial spirit driving business values through solid financial management, creative and strategic operations and interpersonal development.
General business, startupRead More
Mitch Emerson has over 25 years of professional experience in the areas of software development, computer networking technology, marketing, and corporate strategy. He worked for 15 years at Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, and Polycom in a variety of individual contributor and management roles in a wide variety of business areas including product development, marketing, network design, customer training, competitive strategy, and M&A. He then went on to start his own SAAS company which offers a product that helps medium to large enterprise companies develop and manage their competitive sales strategies.
Legal, human resourcesRead More
Lisa Sperow is an attorney with over 25 years of experience. She currently is the Executive Director of the Cal Poly Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and a board member of CAP-SLO and the San Luis Obispo Women Lawyers Association. She has taught courses in legal research and writing, employment law, tax law, business law, ethics and international business law. Prior to joining Cal Poly, she was a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch in Washington, D.C.
human resourcesRead More
Morgen Monie is a versatile leader with 10+ years of Human Resource and Leadership experience in technology and sales organizations working for companies such as MINDBODY, Target, and Gap Inc. She thrives in highly innovative and complex organizations that value an outstanding employee experience. Morgen is very passionate about diversity and equality in the workplace and has created dozens of programs supporting employees of a minority demographic. She has also taught courses at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, ranging from Human Resource Management, Staffing and more.
Food and Beverage
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Restaurant, BeverageRead More
Born and raised in Rhone Valley, France next to Lyon, the food capital UNESCO of the world. Germain moved to the US when he was 21. He opened and created five different restaurants/bars between the Bay area (San Francisco, Oakland, Marin County ) and New York City. He currently has over 70 employees and has been featured in Forbes, Sf Chronicle, Michelin guide (5 bib gourmand awards), and the New York Times for the top 50 places to go in the world. He is also a wine producer (Domaine du Somail, France 92 points Parker guide & Malbec Mendoza, Argentina) He is a certified sommelier and has a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing. He speaks English and French.
Software engineering, computer scienceRead More
BJ has over 36 years of industry experience leading software teams and providing
computer services to customers. His career encompassed diverse management and technical
positions where he drove strategy, acquisitions, architecture, software development and
He holds a BS from the University of Illinois and a MS from the University of Arizona.
product developmentRead More
Tom holds 9 patents and has led product development teams at several startups. Tom holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Santa Barbara in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a MBA from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.
software engineering, computer scienceRead More
Dr. Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). Dr. Anderson directs the Data Science Research Group at Cal Poly where his team specializes in developing and applying data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence to the fields of bioinformatics, genomics, biomedical informatics, and metabolomics. His research group also specializes in the foundations of data science with a focus on explainable and fair ranking algorithms. He has served as the Director of Data Science at the College of Charleston where he founded the first MS in Data Science and Analytics in South Carolina. Dr. Anderson is actively engaged in Software Engineering and Data Science with extensive experience deploying AI and machine learning systems in production.
Med-Tech, business developmentRead More
Dr. Chris Heylman is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He also holds a B.S. in General Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Prior to joining the faculty at Cal Poly, he founded and served as CEO of Velox Biosystems, a clinical diagnostic startup.
Aerospace, product developmentRead More
I have had the pleasure of working on unconventional fixed-wing airplanes and rotorcraft/VTOLs, commercial and military unmanned systems, general aviation aircraft, electric and hybrid propulsion vehicles, autonomous systems, and more. From drafting the initial requirements and the first napkin sketches, to crafting multi-disciplinary optimizations and trade studies, to detailed design, testing, and manufacturing, I endeavor to create aerospace vehicles and systems with capabilities that never existed before.
Biological and agriculturalRead More
I am passionate about the power of microbes and innovation! For over a decade I’ve worked in the biotechnology industry at small start ups and large corporations. My research and leadership roles have focused on discovery and early development of commercial biologicals for the Energy sector, Animal Nutrition and broad acre crop Agriculture. I work with companies to translate biology into sustainable solutions with a lasting positive impact on the world with a special focus on agriculture and food systems.
HIGH TECH, CLEAN TECHRead More
Erik has over 30 years leadership experience in high tech and cleantech, is an angel investor, serves in board or advisory roles with the Cleantech Open, CA Energy Commission and several startup companies in the climate tech sector.
Prior to his work in cleantech, Erik held director level roles in business development, marketing and sales with Intel Corp, co-founded Intel’s alliances and business development organization, lead Intel’s EMEA Marketing organization and ran a worldwide sales organization delivering over $6B in annual revenue to the company.
Steeb holds a BSEE with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
Specialties: Cleantech Entrepreneurship & Investment
Corporate & Non-profit leadership
Marketing Strategies and Campaigns
Sales Organization Structure and Leadership
Alliance Strategies and Programs.
Retired in 2022 from The Boeing Company as the Chief Program Engineer (CPE) for the Boeing Commercial airplane programs; 747-8 and Boeing Out of Production fleets including 19 different airplane models. As the CPE Cid’s primary responsibility was to ensure product integrity and safety, providing technical leadership through oversight, direction & guidance for all things related to the fleet. During his 31 years with The Boeing Company, Cid held multiple positions in management and was an individual contributor on the majority of new airplane development programs including leading a cross functional team to develop optimization solutions, an international assignment to provide technical oversight, and working with suppliers to resolve issues in production. He was an integral part of the structural analysis and testing for multiple airplane programs including the, 737, 777 and 787. Cid’s experience also includes engineering software development, accident investigation, FAA collaboration/certification, labor relations, customer support and leading multiple teams large and small.