History of the Mission Community Service Corporation and Women's Business Center, serving Kern, Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Mission Community Services Corporation and the
Women's Business Center
Mission Community Services Corporation (MCSC) is a 501(c)3 and has been host to the Small Business Administration Women’s Business Center (WBC) since October 2006. MCSC was created in 1998, however it wasn’t until 2006 that the WBC was created.
MCSC's Women's Business Center is full-service, technical assistance and training resource for entrepreneurs of all stages. Special focus is directed to underserved low-to-moderate income minority women. Although we operate as the Women's Business Center we inclusively serve all small businesses. Our service territory covers San Luis Obispo, and Monterey counties.
MCSC is in its 10th continuous year and was recently recognized as the 2016 Women's Business Center of the Year. Within the past 10 years MCSC has assisted in:
- Bringing in $26,500,000 to the Central Coast economy
- Launch of 165 small business startups
- Creation of over 500 new jobs
- Retention of 130 existing jobs
Letter From The Director
Welcome to Mission Community Services Corporation (MCSC) and the Women’s Business Center (WBC).
MCSC and the WBC offer support to individuals looking at self-employment as a viable option for their next career. Our business center works with start-up and existing businesses too. The services offered include one-on-one private consulting, and business related training classes in both English and Spanish. Many of our services have been pre-paid by your tax dollar.
Many individuals start or acquire businesses with little or no business knowledge, training, or technical advice, and insufficient capital. Before you start or buy a business, please contact us. We can provide you information in regards to developing a business plan, creating an effective marketing strategy, help you with loan packaging, discuss the pros and cons of how to structure or buy your business legally, and a variety of other business related topics.
Mission Community Services Corporation is especially interested in helping low-income, minority, women and non-profit organizations to improve their business knowledge and get the capital they need for their small businesses. The WBC has a service territory of San Luis Obispo, Kern, and Monterey Counties.
At the same time, the WBC is available to assist lenders and investors with managing the risk with their loan clients, by providing your small business clients with technical assistance, education and support.
MCSC offers e-newsletters to keep our clients, resource partners and supporters informed of upcoming activities and classes for the WBC, as well as other programs that will be beneficial to any entrepreneur, regardless of where they are in regards to their business maturity. To sign up for our e-newsletter click here.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss your business needs and business dreams. From there, together, we can map your path and then be here for you as you bring your dreams to success.
We are “Partners For The Life of Your Business!”
Mission Community Services Corp.
The idea for MCSC was visualized in 1996 by the organizers of Mission Community Bank. The organization was chartered to provide specific loan products and small business community development services to low and moderate-income individuals and other entities.
Mission Community Bank saw the potential in strengthening entrepreneur success rates through education, training and outreach. It was an opportunity to offer public, non-benefit services to women and low or moderate income individuals who were interested in starting their own businesses, while reassuring banking industry concerns for loan risk reduction.
In late 2002, MCSC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cuesta Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and co-located its office with the SBDC in San Luis Obispo, California. In March of 2003, MCSC and SBDC entered into another Memorandum of Understanding with Women’s Economic Ventures (WEV) of Santa Barbara to expand WEV’s 14 week Self-Employment Training (SET) program to San Luis Obispo County. In May 2003, 27 individuals completed this class in the Mission Business Information Center, in San Luis Obispo. In Dec. 2003, 23 individuals completed the SET class in SLO, and another 15 completed in the spring of 2004. Several of these graduates have subsequently availed themselves of SBDC and MCSC services to continue growth and development of their small business.
The Mission Business Information Center, a co-sponsored program by the US Small Business Administration, MCSC and the SBDC, held its grand opening showcasing many clients and introducing valuable resources to the community.
In August of 2003, the IRS granted approval for MCSC’s 501 (c)3 tax exemption status.