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 Past BEC Events

Small Business Procurement Forum - October 27, 2014

  • Federal, state and local government buyers, together with corporate representatives, met with San Luis Obispo area small businesses to explore purchasing a full range of products and services. In addition, law enforcement officials briefed small business owners on protection from cybercrime. This event was produced by Business Matchmaking in cooperation with the SBA, Business and Entrepreneurship Center (BEC) at Cuesta College and PTAC. The BEC was available to provide business guidance and advice to attendees.

San Luis Obispo County CTE Summit - October 13, 2014

  • The SLO County Career Technical Education (CTE) Summit brought together educators and industry representatives for an opportunity to network, share resources and learn about CTE happenings throughout the state. The partners for this event were Santa Lucia ROP and Cuesta College and sponsored by Educational Support Services ( San Luis Obispo COE). The audience consisted of CTE Instructors, Administrators and Counselor; K - 12 Instructors, CC Instructors, Administrators and Counselors. 

How To Do Business With PG&E Workshop - September 10, 2014

  • This workshop covered an initiative hosted by the Pacific Gas & Electric Company covering how to business with PG&E and was held at The Embassy Suites in San Luis Obispo.

Small Business Summit ~ Entrepreneurship as a Career Pathway - June 6, 2014

  • The Small Business Summit was held at ten Community College locations around the state. The locations were tied together via high definition teleconference and shared a keynote speaker, discussion panels, roundtable discussions and provided an opportunity for business, education and economic development partners across the state to meet and discuss how the Community Colleges can support the Small Business Sector in California. Business owners, faculty had the opportunity to gather and discuss the various Small Business Initiatives that are being developed by the California Community Colleges.

OHSA HazCom Standard Update ~ The Globally Harmonized System - November 19,2013

  • In March 2012, OSHA published its revised Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard to align with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of classification and labeling of chemicals. By December 1, 2013 employers must have trained their workers on the new label elements and the SDS format. This training was recommended for EH&S managers, plant and facility engineers, maintenance staff , and anyone who handles, stores or used hazardous chemicals in the workplace. This presentation was sponsored by the Central California Environmental Training Center (ETC) hosted by Allan Hancock College and the BEC at Cuesta College. Kristy Treur; Coordinator/Instructor of Environmental Technology, Allan Hancock was the presenter.

Rake in the Referrals ~ Create of Steady Stream of HOT Prospects - November 12, 2013

  • This live workshop, by Mary Cravets; Business Coach and Speaker, showcased the 3 keys to generating a steady stream of referrals (and income), exactly how to ask for referrals without feeling pushy or salesy, the important difference between referrals and "word of mouth," how to target profitable partnerships that will bring you referrals over and over and the 2 critical components to referral generation that lead to people either loving or referring you, or thinking you are just out for yourself.

TechPitch 2013 - October 23, 2013

  • The Cal Poly Small Business Development Center for Innovation (SBDC) and Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE), Softec, the Economic Development Corporation (EVC) and the Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College (BEC) hosted the TechPitch 2013 community event sponsored by Madonna Inn. Eight select applicants pitched their viable technology-related business idea(s) to a panel of prominent industry experts. Out of those eight contestants two winners were chosen (tie for 1st place) to receive valuable follow-up services, contacts and opportunities from the affiliate organizations.

Marketing Plan, Advertising Plan & Sales Proposal Competition - December 11, 2012

  • This 6th semi-annual competition showcased the top five (5) Marketing Plans & Advertising Plans from Andrew Carter & Amy Stapp's Marketing classes and the top five (5) Sales Proposals from Christine Beyer's Sales class. Team Presentations were conducted before a panel of five (5) judges in each category and completed within five (5) minutes. Cash awards were presented to the top three (3) winners in each category.

Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour - October 22, 2012

  • The spirit of American entrepreneurism is alive and well, and took San Luis Obispo's youth and young adults by storm. The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour - the first ever collegiate entrepreneur tour - visited the Cuesta College campus for its 4th annual Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour. Cuesta College is committed to helping both its students and members of the community succeed in the changing economy. The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour (EET),, brings the country’s top young entrepreneurs to college campuses to spread the entrepreneurial mindset during the two hour event. Launched at ten schools in fall 2006, the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour has been held at over 500 schools nationally. Tour speakers are in their twenties, come from different backgrounds, and have had amazing accomplishments such as being a bestselling author, producing movies with famous actors such as Dustin Hoffman, Vince Vaughn and Christina Ricci, having a company with over 300 employees, having over $3,000,000 million in revenue and making a huge difference in the world.
  • During this event, attendees were exposed to inspiring entrepreneurial stories, were able to ask any questions they wanted to, and planned out their own dream and how they can take action on it. This event provided inspiration and practical advice. Both emerging entrepreneurs and students of all disciplines learned how they could apply the entrepreneurial mindset to their lives regardless of career choice.

Musicians as Entrepreneurs - October 10, 2012

  • This seminar presented the business side of music and provided the skills and knowledge to move your music career forward. It covered the legal and financial issues affecting songwriting, recording, touring, how to market yourself & your music and the range of DIY (Do It Yourself) tools available. Attendees also learned about the players who influence your success and how to interact with them. The target audience was local area and Cuesta College musicians (inclusive of students, faculty and staff.

Business Success Workshop - September 26, 2012

  • In partnership with Rabobank, N.A. and the City of Atascadero, the Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College hosted a Business Success Workshop. This event was open to the public and was offered at no charge.