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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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SESLOC joins Founders Circle of Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Contact: Candice Conti

SAN LUIS OBISPO —SESLOC Federal Credit Union has teamed up with future business leaders as the first corporate sponsor for Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). Cal Poly’s CIE is a Learn by Doing experience where students get the tools to develop the skills and cultivate the mindset of an entrepreneur. SESLOC joins the Corporate Founders Circle Sponsorship level with a $25,000 contribution to the center.

“SESLOC has been part of this community since 1942, committed to our educational roots, and this opportunity is in great synergy with our Cal Poly legacy,” said SESLOC President and CEO, Geri LaChance. “We are honored to partner with a program that fosters support for bright, energetic learners.”

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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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CIE Accepts Record Number of Entrepreneurs

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has received and accepted a record number of applications into the Hatchery program this academic year.

For the 2014-2015 school year, the CIE accepted 34 teams of students, or companies. This academic year they have already accept 37 companies, and expect to reach 45 to 50 companies by the end of January.

The Hatchery is an on-campus program that offers students resources to begin and launch their own businesses…

MUSTANG NEWS | by Lexi McCoy

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Cal Poly Student Startups Receive $5,000 VentureWell Grants

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Two Cal Poly student startups are among 50 E-Teams across the nation chosen to receive $5,000 grants from VentureWell, a nonprofit that supports invention, innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education, government and philanthropy.

VentureWell defines an E-Team (entrepreneurial team) as a multidisciplinary group of students, faculty and industry mentors collaborating to bring a product to market.

The winning Cal Poly teams, Higea Technologies and Mantis Composites, have been active participants in Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), which offers a wide range of programs to foster new student ventures.

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Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Announces New Faculty Fellows


Contact: Candice Conti


SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) has named three professors to its Faculty Fellows program: graphic communication Professor Charmaine Farber, computer science Professor David Janzen, and architecture professor Clare Olsen join the multidisciplinary cohort in preparing students to become emerging entrepreneurial leaders.

“CIE faculty fellows become part of an interdisciplinary community that is committed to inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs,” said Lynn Metcalf, CIE senior faculty fellow and Hood Professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. “They raise awareness of CIE programs and provide guidance to students and faculty with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship.”Read More

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… | 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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