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How Tech Expanded From Silicon Valley to Bubblegum Alley

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — San Luis Obispo has a reputation for being a sleepy town in central California known for its laid-back charm. Top tourist draws are a nearby 18th-century Spanish mission and Bubblegum Alley, a walkway lined with chewed gum. But Rick Stollmeyer, the chief executive of MindBody, envisioned it as a bustling tech hub.

Nestled along the coast about 230 miles south of San Francisco, San Luis Obispo is far from Silicon Valley. The distance presented a challenge for Mr. Stollmeyer, who sought to lure talent to a small college town known by the acronym SLO, where nature buffs and health food junkies go to find their nirvana.

The New York Times | by Kathy Chin Leong

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Three New Companies Graduate From SLO HotHouse Incubator

2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Women-Owned Businesses

Entrepreneurship was once an opportunity accessible only to men. Save for a handful of audacious women who defied such strict gender codes, most females historically failed to break through the barriers of the male-dominated business space. But we live in the 21st century now, an era in which women are a powerful force in society, especially in our economy.

Today, it is not only common for women to be entrepreneurs, but it also means being part of an influential group. According to an American Express OPEN-commissioned report, more than 9.4 million women-owned businesses currently operate in the U.S. Combined, those firms account for nearly a third of all privately held companies, pull in annual revenues to the tune of $1.5 trillion and provide jobs to roughly eight million workers. What’s more, they’re among the fastest-growing enterprises in the nation — increasing at a rate 1.5 times the U.S. average and topping “the growth rates of all but the largest, publicly-traded firms” in the past 18 years.

WalletHub | by Richie Bernardo

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2016’s Best & Worst Cities for Women-Owned Businesses

Entrepreneurship was once an opportunity accessible only to men. Save for a handful of audacious women who defied such strict gender codes, most females historically failed to break through the barriers of the male-dominated business space. But we live in the 21st century now, an era in which women are a powerful force in society, especially in our economy.

Today, it is not only common for women to be entrepreneurs, but it also means being part of an influential group. According to an American Express OPEN-commissioned report, more than 9.4 million women-owned businesses currently operate in the U.S. Combined, those firms account for nearly a third of all privately held companies, pull in annual revenues to the tune of $1.5 trillion and provide jobs to roughly eight million workers. What’s more, they’re among the fastest-growing enterprises in the nation — increasing at a rate 1.5 times the U.S. average and topping “the growth rates of all but the largest, publicly-traded firms” in the past 18 years.

WalletHub | by Richie Bernardo

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Local Telecom Business Donates 200Mbps Data Connection to SLO HotHouse

Norcast Telecom Networks, a local phone and Internet service provider, is providing SLO HotHouse with a high-speed Internet connection at their new downtown location. The new location will be a hub for the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s, or CIE, students and recent graduates who want to launch their own startup businesses.

SLO HotHouse has moved into their new space, which is double the size of their old location on Morro Street. SLO HotHouse is a community space created from collaborative efforts between Cal Poly, the SLO Community, and the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. They apply Cal Poly’s “learn by doing” philosophy into real-world business experience by providing the space, equipment, training and mentorship needed to help students launch their own ventures. At SLO HotHouse, local business owners and Cal Poly CIE staff help young entrepreneurs turn their ideas into realities.

Paso Robles Daily News | by News Staff

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Why San Luis Obispo County is one of the best places for women in business

A recent reports ranks San Luis Obispo County among the best in the nation for women to own businesses. The company ‘NerdWallet’ analyzed nearly 200 metro…

kcbx.org | By Jordan Bell

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At Cal Poly, Judy Mahan helps give startups a leg up

Judy Mahan, director of Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development Center for Innovation, talks about startups…

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Cal Poly’s downtown SLO student housing intended for ‘best and brightest entrepreneurs’

Cal Poly students who could soon call a downtown historic building home must have at least a 2.5 GPA, be in good standing with the university’s code of…

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SLO HotHouse taking applications for business program

For the first time, the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is accepting applications from the general public to its SLO HotHouse Incubator…

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Higea Technologies wins Tech Pitch competition in San Luis Obispo

Higea Technologies took the top prize at the fifth annual Tech Pitch competition in San Luis Obispo on Oct. 21. The San Luis Obispo startup is currently working out…

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