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Business and Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College
 P.O. Box 8106
 San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106
 (805) 546-3188

The Business and Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College works with private, public and nonprofit resources to build strong, sustainable and successful businesses. Through community research regarding economic impacts and by providing fee based-technical assistance to regional businesses, the Business and Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College strives to improve the economic health of our community.


Economic Vitality Corporation
735 Tank Farm Road, Suite 264
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 788-2012

Economic Vitality Corporation is a regional non-profit, economic development organization committed to developing a vibrant and sustainable economy throughout San Luis Obispo County. Through programs including business loan referral program, workshops and seminars, international trade consultation, angel investor and venture capital resources, the EVC strives to provide business resources for a thriving community.


Institute for Professional Development at Cuesta College
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo Campus
P.O. Box 8106
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
(805) 546-3180

The Institute for Professional Development at Cuesta College provides customized training for business and organizations throughout SLO County. IPD staff and trainers meet with business clients to conduct up-front analysis to determine training objectives and course content including methodology, blending theory and other practices relevant to today's work environments.


Mission Community Services Corporation
71 Zaca Lane, Ste 130
San Luis Obispo CA, 93401
(805) 595-1357
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Mission Community Services Corporation provides training, technical assistance, loans and support to unemployed, underemployed, low-moderate income individuals and businesses to expand opportunities to own, manage or operate business enterprises. Together with the Women’s Business Center, MCSC is a resource for business creation, growth and development.

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San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce
895 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 781-2777
Economic Vision Document

The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce is the oldest and largest voluntary organization in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. As an independent nonprofit corporation (not affiliated with government or any other agency), it uniquely serves the needs of the over 1,400 members and their nearly 34,000 employees it represents. The Chamber provides small and large scale networking and educational opportunities, keeps business owners informed on business-related issues, boosts business exposure, and advocates for local businesses to government.


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San Luis Obispo Downtown Association
1108 Garden Street, Suite 209
San Luis Obispo, Ca 93401
(805) 541-0286

The San Luis Obispo Downtown Association serves its members within the business district in the areas of parking, promotions, design, economic activities and the weekly Thursday Night Farmers’ Market.  With committees and an eleven member board of directors, all comprised of local business owners, the member-directed organization cares for the well-being and vibrancy of our downtown.


711 Tank Farm Road, Ste 210
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 547-0779

The San Luis Obispo County Chapter of SCORE "Counselors to America’s Small Business" is part of a national nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of the county's small business. SCORE volunteers provide free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of individual small business and offering workshops for everyone from start-up entrepreneurs to existing small business owners.


Small Business Development Center for Innovation at Cal Poly
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
(805) 756-5171

One of a network of regional small business development centers, the Cal Poly Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for Innovation promotes the development of technology-focused ventures. By providing high quality business assistance to start-ups and established companies, the SBDC helps entrepreneurs launch companies, create and retain jobs, attract capital investment and contribute to the prosperity of the Central Coast.


Small Business Administration
409 3rd St, SW
Washington DC 20416

The Small Business Administration helps start, build and grow businesses by delivering loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. The regional office located in Fresno provides educational opportunities, business mentoring and counseling to small businesses in Central and Coastal California.


c/o Longcrier & Associates
100 Cross Street, Suite 103
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 782-5236

Softec is the Central Coast’s leading technology industry group. Connecting the tech community through events and communications, Softec has grown to more than 1,000 members and includes organizations as well as individuals making it by far the largest, most active technology group in the area.


The San Luis Obispo Public Library

Reference Section
995 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, Ca 93401
(805) 781-5989

The Reference Section includes over 100 business and trade journals and newspapers; a Career Action Center specializes in small businesses; and an Investment Business Reference Section that includes import/export literature. 


Better Business Bureau of San Luis Obispo County

P.O. Box 129
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-8657

The Better Business Bureau helps to promote effective relationships between businesses and a more informed buying public. The Bureau can provide business and charity reliability reports, help promote better relations between businesses and consumers, resolve consumer to business complaints, provide consumer advice and referrals, and process inquiries and complaints on businesses in San Luis Obispo County.