Welcome to Mission Community Services Corporation


Your success is our business! MCSC and the Women’s Business Center are your community partners in the creation, growth and development of your business. We are committed to serving individuals and businesses throughout San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Kern counties. Our purpose is to ensure that every person who reaches out to us has the guidance, support, and information they need to live their definition of success. From teaching basic budgeting skills, to repairing damaged credit, to starting or growing your small business, our objective is to make sure you have whatever it takes to succeed.

We offer a professional, educational environment designed to make sure you get the most appropriate help available for your specific situation. Our free or low-cost workshops, one-on-one counseling sessions, and library of resources are designed to help the new entrepreneur or small business get the information and support they need.

Please take some time to browse through each page of our website, and once you have your goals in mind, give us a call and let us help guide you to success.


Upcoming Events:


MCSC Brown Bag Dialogue Workshops

All Brown Bags are from 12:00 Noon to 1PM, followed by 15 minutes for networking.  

Bring your business cards!

Friday, October 23, 2015


What's your story?

create your own elevator pitch that works!?

Presenters- Patrick Raymond and Billie Mitchell

12:00 - 1:00 pm. (Networking from 1:00 - 1:15)

Show up and be part of the drawing for free coffee and lunch at our local favorite coffee shop! (You must be present to win.) 


MCSC is fortunate to have Patrick Raymond and Billie Mitchell to present this high energy, dynamic workshop on creating your very own elevator pitch.


An "Elevator Pitch" is a concise, carefully planned and practiced 30-60 second verbal description aboutyou and your company, that will grab someone's interest and compel them to want to hear more. 


Both Patrick and Billie are professional speakers and during this workshop will instruct and guide you through this process.


Please join us for this valuable workshop! Register by clicking HERE, or give us a call at 805-595-1357 or email info@mcscorp.org.

Past Brown Bags


Friday, September 11

Customer Service: How People and Processes Equal Profit

Presenter- Elizabeth McGregor, MCSC


Are your marketing efforts paying off? It could be that your marketing isn't the problem. 


In this workshop, Elizabeth will cover five basic tenets of how small businesses can benefit by focusing on building relationships with customers, instead of just selling to them. Small businesses that focus on making customers, instead of just making sales, create relationships with their clients, develop community support, and save money and time on advertising efforts.


You will learn the simple, no-cost rules that can turn your client base into an army of enthusiastic advertisers. Whether you are a business owner, a supervisor, or an employee, mastering these concepts is critical to creating loyal clients.


Please join us for this valuable workshop! Register by clicking HERE, or give us a call at 805-595-1357 or email info@mcscorp.org.

Wednesday, August 12th

Attention VETERANS!  SBA Loan and Business Workshop
by Kay Mardon, SBA

10:30 to 12:00 pm Presentation
Note: this is a special Wednesday workshop

To register call 805-595-1357 or email info@mcscorp.org or  

Click Here to Register online. 

In this workshop, you will learn about Veteran's Advantage, a special SBA loan program that is specifically designed for businesses owned by veterans and/or their families.


You are eligible for this program if you are:

  •  A veteran
  •  Active-duty military in TAP
  •  Reservist
  •  A member of the National Guard
  •  A service-disabled veteran
  •  A spouse or widow(er) of any of the above

We will also cover small business startup training programs and consulting services available to veterans starting a business or already in business. Please join us for this valuable workshop! Register by clicking the link below. 

Friday, July 17, 2015


By Catherine Hillman of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Catherine has helped numerous local business owners de-mystify the new digital marketing landscape. In her presentation, she will talk about where to find your customers online, what strategies you might want to employ, and how to watch your online reputation in the process. Catherine will show you the best ways to interact with your customers, as well as practical tips to keep your information and your reputation safe!


Catherine has been an expert in Social Media marketing for over ten years, and now works at the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

This event is free and open to the public. You can register by clicking the link below. 

To register call 805-595-1357 or email info@mcscorp.org.  See you on July 17th!

Friday, June 19th

"How to Get Your Banker to say 'YES'"!

by Steve Mathis MCSC Consultant and Retired Banker

12:00 to 1:00 pm Presentation,  1:00 to 1:15 pm Networking

Steve Mathis is an experienced banker of 42 years.  He will provide you with good practices when approaching a bank for your business financial needs,  Steve will talk about getting yourself'loan ready' and what the bankers look for when evaluating borrowers.

or visit our website at www.mcscorp.org or call us at 805.595.1357

Friday, June 5 2015


By Billy Mitchell of Impact Speech Coaching

Billy Mitchell is an expert in personal development, sales, and speech coaching. Billy has a unique perspective and insights into individuals and the blocks that keep them from realizing how powerful they can be. He believes that speech is key to impacting and empowering lives whether you're selling or growing your career. Billy's presentation will help you discover how to build your business through speaking by creating and maintaining life long business relationships. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

The Powerful Sales Presentation - for Start-ups

Presentation by Heather Osgood, Leap to Grow Business and Life Coaching Do you wish you had higher sales in your business but aren't sure how to create the income you'd like? Come and hear new methods for creating the income you want. Discover: 1. How to love sales 2. How to get people interested in buying 3. How to build confidence in your sales process 4. Why selling is so important 5. How much YOU really make the difference 6. How to feel comfortable asking for money.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Learn how to get your IMAGE to do the selling for you!
By Linda Waldon

Personal Stylist, Linda Waldon, helps men and women transform from the outside in by dressing with confidence and personality. Linda is the creator of Style Your Way to Success, a Step Up and Stand Out Program on a mission to help women overcome their fear of visibility and rock their second act careers. This workshop will help you up-level your brand image; have the right outfit for every business occasion, learn about colors and styles, feel more self-confident and create a business wardrobe that is affordable and flexible.

Friday, April 17, 2015


by Maggie Torres and Rachel Newburn of Collaboration LLC

WorkTraits is a personality assessment tool that gives actionable steps to help people maintain positive working relationships and resolve conflicts when they arise. It helps owners understand what best motivate their teams to be more productive. Maggie and Rachell will also discuss ways to recognize specific traits in others and how individuals’ styles can be modified to ensure customer satisfaction. Thank you Collaboration for presenting this workshop.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

by Tom Scheu of the SBA
Whether you make widgets, sell widgets, service widgets or consult on widgets; come to this short workshop and see if selling to the government is right for you!
Learn about selling to the Us Government.  The Federal government doesn't make anything - they buy it from companies such as yours!  Find out about the specific SBA programs that offer assistance to get your foot in the door selling to the government. You will learn the qualifications required, the application process, and the benefits of each program. These programs include Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUB Zones), Small Disadvantaged Business, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owed Small business, Women-Owned Small Business, and the 8(a) Business Development Program. 

Note: this is a special Thursday presentation.

Friday, April 3, 2015


by Carrie Asuncion

In this interactive workshop, you'll  get clear about what’s important to you and create an action plan that incorporates work/ life balance.  You'll come away with:

  • Successful strategies for sustained results
  • How to avoid the #1 mindset that impedes your success
  • Action steps that are in alignment with what's important to you!

Friday,  March 27, 2015
12:00 to 1:00pm Presentation; 1:00 to 1:15 Networking Time

Help Your YELP!

Back by popular demand!  Presented by Eric Snyder and Robbie Shipman of E-concepts Marketing Solutions. Learn all about how this social media sight can drive business to you! And... how to handle any negative reviews. 1. YELP… What is it and WHY! 2. How to understand how reviews on Yelp are displayed. Understanding the 'filter box'. 3. How to optimize your Yelp account. Getting new reviews. 4. How to monazite your Yelp account. Publishing your business positive reviews where people can see them. 5. Working Yelp for FREE! Teaching businesses how to completely use Yelps free services and tools. Why pay Yelp to advertise? ITS FREE!!!! 6. How much businesses are losing because of YELP! Using Harvard Business school's study on Yelp and its impact on businesses.

Friday, March 20, 2015


We'll springboard off from what's worked in your business and what hasn't to devise a plan to move you forward.  In this interactive discussion you will:

  • Identify your "wins" & build on your successes 
  • Get clear on what's HASN'T worked & consider corrections
  • Lay out an inspired action plan 

To register for this Brown Bag CLICK HERE

Friday,  March 6, 2015


By Kay Mardon of the Small Business Administration's FresnoDistrict Office

In this Brown Bag, Kay Mardon will discuss the specifics of SBA guaranteed loan programs - from small loans for the home-based businesses, to multi-million dollar real estate and manufacturing transactions. This Brown Bag will provide you with the tools and information that you will need for a successful loan application.  

Call us at (805) 595-1357 to register for this Brown Bag

Friday, February 6, 2015
Uncover your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Challenges

by Carrie Asuncion

Carrie will present her unique way of helping you use the valuable S.W.O.T.  marketing tool. She calls it "Up-level Your Business." She'll help you uncover your unique strengths and challenges by reviewing the following key elements:

  • Create a clear vision for your ultimate success
  • Leverage your strengths
  • Up-level your thinking and uncover hidden challenges
  • Identify the most strategic activities to move your business forward!

Friday, December 12, 2014
Elevator Pitch Perfection and MCSC Open House

Janet Hilts will be giving a 30 minute presentation on how to prepare your 'Elevator Speech' to be effective. Then stay and meet our consultants and staff and more. We'll have snacks and treats.  We hope to see you there!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Double Header - What Business Entity is Right for You?  And Why Do I Need Insurance?

What is the Best Legal Formation for My Business?
Lorna Whiteaker, MCSC Consultant will review the options and differences of aCorporation, Sole Proprietor and Limited Liability Company so you can make sure your business is set up correctly from the beginning.
Why Do I Need Business Insurance?
Drew Lewis, Insurance Agent of California Meridian Insurance will discuss business Insurance, what type of insurance you need and why it's important.

Drew will highlight “10 Common Business Insurance Pitfalls” that today’s business owner may face, and educate on how to avoid them.  This exciting and informative program will show how every type of business has different insurance needs and considerations to make when it comes to insurance.  This program will be especially helpful for those who feel intimidated or confused by insurance policies.”

Friday, November 14, 2014
Master Mind Introduction - "It's a Cinch By The Inch, Hard By The Yard"

We'll introduce the Business Synergy Group concept to new-comers and then for those that want to get started, actually form your first Mastermind session under the guidance of our coaches.  See our Nov.7th introduction below for more information.
We are pleased to announce that Patrick Raymond will be our facilitator for these special Brown Bag events. 

Friday, November 7, 2014
Mastermind Part I: Business Synergy Groups Introduction
We'll introduce our new Business Synergy Groups based on Mastermind group principles.
Mastermind groups can offer a combination of brainstorming, education, peer accountability, and support in a facilitated setting.  Did you know that Napoleon Hill, the author of Think and Grow Rich, as well as  Dale Carnegie and Benjamin Franklin were all involved in Mastermind type groups?  The theory is “two brains are better than one.”  “When we gather together with others to throw around ideas, discuss and debate, and receive both criticism and inspiration, we grow and develop and foster new ideas while refining our old ones.” *Source

Reasons to be part of a Mastermind Group:

  1. Faster business growth
  2. Personal growth
  3. Peer group accountability
  4. You'll be part of an exclusive community
  5. Consultation and collaboration
  6. Extend your professional network
  7. Special motivational sessions

October 17, 2014

YELP.  Learn all about how this social media sight can drive business to you!  And... how to handle any negative reviews.

 1.   YELP…   What is it and WHY is it important for your business?

 2.   How to understand how reviews on Yelp are displayed.

        Understanding the 'filter box'.

 3.   How to optimize your YELP account. 

       Getting new reviews.

 4.   How to monazite your YELP account. 

       Publishing your business positive reviews where people can see them.

 5.   Working YELP for FREE!  

       Teaching businesses how to completely use Yelps free services and tools.

        Why pay YELP to advertise?   ITS FREE!!!!

 6.   How much businesses are losing because of YELP!

       Using Harvard Business school's study on Yelp and its impact on businesses.

October 3, 2014.  A big "Thank you" to Nancy Hayes of MoolaHoop, our presenter at last Friday's Brown Bag Dialogue. What an informative presentation on Crowdfunding - thanks, Nancy!

Nancy educated us on the various components of Crowfunding including what is it, how it works, elements of success, businesses that work well on crowdfunding and most importantly, how to assess your “crowd” before you decide to launch a Crowdfunding campaign to raise money.

Nancy Hayes is cofounder of MoolaHoop, which is a crowdfunding site to help women with small businesses raise funds to grow their business.  Prior to founding MoolaHoop, Nancy was Dean of the College of Business and CFO of San Francisco State University.

Please click here or on our 'Events Calendar' button on the sidebar to see a list of our upcoming events.

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