Getting Started

Helping Small Business Owners Thrive in San Luis Obispo County

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The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) promotes the development of technology-focused ventures by providing high-quality business assistance to start-ups and established companies. Our team of 35+ business consultants helps entrepreneurs launch companies, create and retain jobs, and attract capital investment. All services are complimentary to SBDC clients. 

Learn more about our 6 industry clusters:

Building & Design

Includes construction, architecture, engineering & real estate businesses.

Green Energy

Includes electric power generation & environmental consulting businesses.


Includes ambulatory care, hospitals, residential care, rehab, nursing & vocational rehab businesses.

Knowledge, Innovation, IT

Includes software, hardware, training, data processing, & telecommunications businesses.

Specialized Manufacturing

Includes aerospace, commodity, glass, power transmission, and other related manufacturing businesses.

Uniquely SLO

Includes recreation, accommodation, wine, breweries, agriculture, & food service businesses.

Areas Of Expertise

Access to Capital
Basic Operations
Business Planning

Human Resources

Market Research
Pitch Preparation
Product Development

Strategic Planning
Software Development
Supply Chain

Businesses in Other Industries

If your business operates in an area outside tech & innovation or our 6 industry clusters, we may still be able to provide assistance with obtaining SBA loans or other financing. However, for assistance in other areas we will refer you to our partner agencies.

We do not provide assistance to non-profit organizations. If you are looking for help with a non-profit, please visit our partner agency, SPOKES.

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Business in the Ideation Phase

If your business is still in the conceptual stages and you have not yet formed a business plan, we have a wealth of online resources to help. These resources can guide you through the process of getting started and working towards a point where you’ll qualify for SBDC consulting sessions.

Please do not apply for consulting sessions until you have moved beyond the conceptual stage and have made concrete progress with your business.

Online Resources