The EVC has formed valuable partnerships with leading organizations in San Luis Obispo County. By bringing resources together the EVC can evolve services to provide advanced solutions that address our community's needs.

Beacon Economics

Beacon Economics, LLC is an independent economic research and consulting firm focused on helping our clients make informed decisions about investment, growth, revenue, policy, and other economic and financial questions.  (415) 457-6030 or

California Coast Venture Forum

The California Coast Venture Forum (CCVF), formerly the Central Coast Venture Forum, is a non-profit organization, whose mission has been to mentor, advise and promote growing companies in markets in California. We select companies with sound business plans and help them in their search for funding to grow through education, training and assistance with venture capital acquisition. (805) 459-6962 or

Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles on California's Central Coast. It is a distinctive learning community offering academically focused students a hands-on educational experience that prepares them for today's scientific and technical world. (805) 756-2704 or

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Cal Poly

The Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship seeks to transform motivated students into resourceful, entrepreneurial, and innovative leaders through classroom and hands-on experiences.  (805) 756-5171

Cuesta College Business Assistance Center

Cuesta College is dedicated to accessible, high-quality education for the support and enhancement of student success, professional development, and the community we serve. (805) 546-3100 Ext. 2255 or Cuesta College Business Assistance Center

Mission Community Services Corporation

From basic money management and wise use of credit, to generating wealth by starting and/or growing your own business, MCSC offers confidential and positive guidance in a safe educational environment, designed to make sure you get the very best help available. Reach us at (805) 595-1357 or Se Habla Español.

MIT Enterprise Forum

To promote a unique process and atmosphere to develop and strengthen the entrepreneurial community in the Central Coast through interaction with experienced executives who have successfully navigated the challenges of building an organization.

North County Business Resource Center

The mission of the North County Business Resource Center (NCBRC) is to combine and unify the private and public sector efforts toward the economic development and vitality of North San Luis Obispo County. Further, the NCBRC leverages and maximizes existing resources for educating and training entrepreneurs and small business owners, to ensure a strong business community.  (805) 238-0506

SCORE: Counselors to America's Small Business

SCORE supports the small business community throughout San Luis Obispo County. SCORE provides business counseling, workshops, a speaker series and multilingual publications. Programs contribute to the formation and success of small business entrepreneurs, both those seeking start-up advice as well as those already in business. (805) 547-0779


Softec is the Central Coast’s leading technology industry group. Established in 1995, Softec has grown to over 1000 members and includes organizations as well as individuals and is by far the largest, most active technology group in the area. Our list of members range from leaders in the tech industry, representatives in education, participants from the private sector, as well as individuals who are just plain passionate about technology.  (805) 782-5236 or

Slow Money San Luis Obispo

As a part of the national non-profit, Slow Money's mission to encourage local investment in small food and farm enterprises. The Slow Money SLO chapter connects local agripreneurs in need of support to individuals who are interested in knowing where their money is invested and building the availability of quality food. Investors, business owners and supporters attend Slow Money gatherings and meet organic and sustainable food business owners. All financial arrangements are between the borrower and the individuals who choose to support them.

SLO Seed Ventures

SLO Seed Ventures provides needed resources for start-ups. Resources for start-ups consist of more than seed funding with experience teaching that relationships, business advice and mentoring are often just as critical as money in the early stages of a start-up.

Women's Economic Ventures (WEV)

In 1991 Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) established its micro-loan fund and self-employment training program. Since then, they have worked diligently to create an equitable and just society through the economic empowerment of women. And although WEV targets women because of the unique challenges they face, they help men, too.  (805) 965-6073 or