Business Services

Business Services available by the Workforce Development Board provide economic and workforce development resources to the business community. In partnership with the America’s Job Center of California’s Employer Services, Business Services provide a link with economic development, sector strategies, workforce focused solutions, marketing, Labor Market information, and referrals to an inventory of programs and services which make up the broader economic development system in San Luis Obispo County.

This Business Resource Guide was developed as part of a Business Engagement Plan that outlined the resources and options an employer could pursue to address assessment findings. This includes providing the Business Resource Guide and linking the employer to local, state and federal resources. Download your copy here! We try to ensure information is up-to-date and accurate. If you would like to request an update to your organization’s listing, please contact us at (805) 781-1838.

805 Connect  Build local connections that matter. If you live in the 805 area and own a business, work in a business, are starting a business, teach students about business, are involved in a service organization that serves businesses, have a business that is off the radar or you work from a virtual office, you want to be a part of 805connect.

slo_evc_logo100X65The Economic Vitality Corporation (EVC) provides local businesses and entrepreneurs with a wide range of resources including business loan referral program, workshops and seminars, international trade consultation, angel investor and venture capital resources, and more. The EVC also launches and implements industry cluster assessments and economic strategies.

SBDC-logo-1Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. The Cal Poly SBDC for Innovation focuses on high growth and technology business opportunities. The Cal Poly SBDC for Innovation has combined resources with the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship to bring the SLO HotHouse, a community space to create new innovations and start business ventures.

The County of San Luis Obispo Office of Emergency Services (County OES) is working to gather information from businesses on the economic impacts of the Mud Creek Slide. Disaster Economic Injury for Business please contact County OES at (805) 781-5011.

Active Measures

We take active measures to promote skilled workers, including the implementation of local one-stop career centers known as America’s Job Center of California (AJCC) and job training opportunities that are available to laid-off, unskilled and unemployed workers, and eligible youth. By giving these groups an opportunity to better their lives, they in turn get the chance to make their own investments in the community.