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ASBDC 2023 – Nashville, TN

SBDC Staff will be attending America's SBDC 44th Annual Conference in Nashville, TN. Each year, America’s SBDC has an annual conference where attendees gather from SBDCs worldwide to obtain professional development to help them grow as an adviser and help grow the thousands of small businesses they work with every year.   We appreciate your patience as staff attends this conference, for immediate assistance please email

Cal Poly CIE Demo Day 2023

SLO Brew Rock 855 Aerovista Lane, San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

Register   After three months of rigorous work, Cal Poly's most promising entrepreneurs are ready to showcase their startups. See how three months of intensive workshops, dedicated mentorship, hard work and collaboration have prepared our teams to turn their startup ideas into real, viable business ventures. Watch their pitches and network with the teams to learn more about their startups.   Food and drink will also be available for purchase. Can’t make it in-person? No worries! Select our virtual ticket option* to tune into the event via YouTube Live for FREE. In-person seating is limited, so don’t wait — order your ticket today to reserve your spot. In Person (General Admission & Students): $10 Virtual Viewing (General Admission & Students): FREE


Starting a Restaurant Business Basics

THE SANDBOX Paso Robles + Zoom 1345 Park St, Paso Robles, California, United States

Register Are you passionate about food and dreaming of owning your own restaurant? Join us for an informative and hands-on workshop led by local restaurateur Ben Arrona, who will guide you through the essential steps of launching a successful restaurant business. In this comprehensive workshop, Ben will share his expertise gained from years of experience in the restaurant industry. Whether you're a seasoned chef looking to venture into entrepreneurship or an aspiring restaurateur, this workshop is designed to provide you with the fundamental knowledge needed to turn your culinary dreams into a thriving reality. Workshop Highlights: Defining Your Business Model: Discover the various business models available for restaurants and learn how to choose the one that aligns best with your vision. We will delve into key considerations such as dine-in, takeout, catering, and more. Navigating Licensing and Regulations: Obtaining the necessary licenses and approvals is crucial for any restaurant. Learn how to navigate local government regulations, ensuring that your business operates within legal boundaries. Manager's Food Handlers Certificate: Gain insights into the importance of food safety and hygiene. We will guide you through the process of studying for and obtaining a manager's food handlers certificate, a crucial credential for running […]


Coffee & Conversation w/ HiView Solutions Founder

CIE HotHouse + Zoom 872 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

Register 8:30-9:30AM - Keynote Speaker 9:30-10AM - In Person Networking Join us this month to hear the entrepreneurial journey of Miles Hischier, the visionary behind HiView, a Google Workspace Reseller and Professional Services Firm. With experience gained from working at Square in San Francisco, Miles established HiView in 2016, providing businesses not only with Google Workspace subscriptions but also invaluable support and migration services. Engage in insightful discussions as Miles shares his path from Square to HiView's success, demystifying Google Workspace's potential, and learn how HiView's 17-strong team caters to 450+ clients. This event offers networking opportunities, a Q&A session, and a spotlight on HiView's achievements. Reserve your spot now for a morning of inspiration, knowledge-sharing, and connections with fellow entrepreneurs and professionals.


Selling Online – from Etsy to Amazon


Register   If you're in the beginning or mid-stages of developing a retail business, this workshop is made for you! The world of retail is rapidly evolving, and having a strong online presence is now more important than ever. Join us for an enlightening session that will empower you to take your retail venture to new heights in the digital landscape. Workshop Highlights: 1. Selling Your Product Online: Where to Start? Embarking on the online journey can be overwhelming, but fear not! We'll guide you through the essential steps to get started. From setting up your online store to choosing the right platforms, we'll help you navigate the initial challenges and kickstart your digital retail adventure. 2. Exploring Online Marketplaces: Etsy, Amazon, and Beyond: Ever wondered which online marketplace is the right fit for your products? Learn the ins and outs of popular platforms like Etsy and Amazon, and discover their pros and cons. Get expert insights on selecting the ideal marketplace that aligns with your brand's vision and target audience. 3. Systems and Tools for Sustainable Growth: As your retail business flourishes, managing operations efficiently becomes paramount. We'll delve into the crucial systems and tools that can streamline your […]


AngelCon 2024 Investor Info Session

872 Higuera St San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 872 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

Register   Cal Poly CIE Small Business Development Center is excited to announce the launch of Fund 7 for “AngelCon 2024.” If you are interested in learning about angel investing*, please join us in person  for an info session about the program. AngelCon is an annual event in which six startups compete for $100,000+ in investment funding to help grow their business, as a result of the dedicated team of investors behind the live event. Our program teaches how to spot groundbreaking new business ventures and innovative technology, how to work through the investor due diligence process, and how to select the top six startups for AngelCon 2024. 8:30-9am    Breakfast + Networking (in-person only) 9-9:10am    Fund 7 Overview  - Programming + Schedule 9:10-9:30   2023 Winner Update 9:30-11am  Angel Investing Overview w/ Elizabeth Jennings, Venture Labs   View last year’s event here *AngelCon Fund 7 is only open to accredited investors


SBIR & STTR Funding for Small Businesses – What Are These Grants and How You Can Apply

CIE HotHouse + Zoom 872 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

Register Small businesses engaged in Research & Development (R&D) may be eligible to access government dollars through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. SBIR provides early-stage research and development funding to small technology companies or individuals who are interested in forming a company. STTR is a similar program that requires small businesses to team up with a research institution, such as a university. This workshop will provide an extensive overview of the different phases of these federal programs, as well as an in-depth discussion of a simple, yet highly-effective process for developing a competitive Phase I and Phase II proposal. The workshop will review all important commercialization aspects of the proposal. Led by Matt Hutton; Matt earned a BS and MS in Environmental Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has over a decade of experience in R&D fundraising and has worked with a range of companies pursuing funds from various government agencies. Instructions: There are two attendance options: In-Person: In person event will take place at the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (872 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401) Virtual: Attendees will recieve Zoom login information* the morning of […]

Coffee and Conversation

872 Higuera St San Luis Obispo & Virtual

Register This month, we are joined by the winners of the Audience and Investor Choice Awards from AngelCon 2023: Quantum Energy, DEMO Studios, and Ryde. Gain insights into the remarkable journeys of these innovative startups as they provide updates on their companies since their outstanding performance at the competition. Investor Choice Winners: Ryde Technologies ($100k Investment): A peer-to-peer travel marketplace connecting student drivers with riders for long-distance travel. DEMO Studio ($40k Investment): A platform where creators can sell collaboration rights to their content, earning money in the process. Audience Choice Winner: Quantum Energy, Inc ($1300 Prize): Creators of a comprehensive AI-driven software tool providing data for the cleantech industry.   Engage in stimulating discussions, sip on delicious coffee, and foster valuable connections with like-minded individuals in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur seeking inspiration, an investor scouting for promising opportunities, or simply someone who appreciates the power of entrepreneurship, join us for a great morning of learning, connection, and collaboration. Instructions: There are two attendance options: In-Person: In person event will take place at the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (872 Higuera St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401) Virtual: Attendees will recieve Zoom login information* the morning […]

QuickBooks Intermediate

CIE HotHouse + Zoom 872 Higuera St, San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

Register QuickBooks Intermediate is the second step in a three part workshop series. Learn how to manage and secure company files, list items, order and sell inventory and how to apply vendor discounts. We will cover best practices for the online and desktop platforms of the QuickBooks software. Led by Damon Watkins, the Director of Finance & Operations for Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. He is a motivated, personable business professional with a 15+ year track record in multiple aspects of financial control, management and policies/procedures.