Cal Poly CIE SBDCServing San Luis Obispo County
Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed


The Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship hosts Cal Poly’s Small Business Development Center, which together fills the CIE HotHouse, an innovative home for entrepreneurs located in the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo. Our SBDC center promotes the development of technology-focused ventures by providing high-quality business assistance to start-ups and established companies in San Luis Obispo County.

Complimentary Services for New and Existing Businesses

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No cost professional business consulting from industry experts in finance, marketing, and more.
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Trainings, Events & Workshops

Expert training, boot camps, workshops, & events designed to help you start or strengthen your business.
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Clients' Success Stories

Check out the many ways we've helped our clients achieve business success.

Central California SBDC Spotlight

Want to Start a Home Day Care Business?

Don’t wait! This is the time to start a childcare business. Nearly 23 million children ages 5 and under live in the United States, with 71% living in households in which all parents work. These numbers reveal an undeniable truth: we do NOT have enough childcare businesses to support the demand for childcare. 


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Find out How we can help you to start, grow and succeed!

Whether you want to launch, grow, transition or innovate your business, we can provide expert consulting, training, market research, access to capital and other tools at low to no cost assistance.

Your Local SBDC center is a part of the Central CA SBDC Network which since 2003, has assisted thousands of companies, from start-ups to established firms; helped to create and retain over 10,000 jobs; and created more than $435 million in loans and equity.

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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.