Brown Bags & Workshops



MCSC offers monthly workshops that are open to the public commonly known as Brown Bag workshops. In addition to providing a networking platform, Brown Bags are designed to increase your understanding of important and current business topics and trends. Brown Bags are typically held every third Friday of each month from 12 pm to 1 pm at MCSC headquarters in SLO. Registration is highly encouraged for these events, however, drop-ins are also welcomed. 


MCSC also offers stand-alone or series workshops in partnership with other organizations. These workshops are typically 2 hours or more, are designed to be more interactive, and may have a small fee. MCSC partners with many resource providers locally and in neighboring communities. The topics of these workshops also vary depending on what is trending and current within the business community.



The Changing Landscape of Social Media Panel Discussion in San Luis Obispo 2019

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

5:00 - 7:30 PM


651 Tank Farm Road

San Luis Obispo, CA

Cost: $10

The Changing Landscape of Social Media

Panel Discussion + Q&A

Social media marketing is in a state of flux. As trends evolve, what worked two years ago isn’t working today. Small business owners don’t have big budgets and sophisticated marketing agencies to figure all this out.

To help us learn from each other, we have assembled a panel of local businesses to discuss the question: what’s working and not working and what lies ahead?

Join our live Q&A on Wednesday, February 20th from 5:00-7:30 pm at MindBody as we discuss the changing social media landscape and how small business owners can stay ahead of the trends.

The Q&A will explore these topics and more:

  • Facebook and Instagram have changed a lot in the last few years – what have you seen and how have you adjusted your approach to social media?

  • What tools are you using to help you be more efficient and improve your results?

  • What are the primary drivers of new and repeat sales into your business and where does social fit into that picture?


Jenna Hartzell, Senior Director at Cass House Cayucos

Jill Stollmeyer, Owner of East Wellbeing & Tea

Meredith Simmons, Senior Content Marketing Specialist at MINDBODY

Rylin Lindahl, Founder & Creative Director of Native Design & Co.


Panel moderated by Polly Mertens, Business Mindset Coach



Friday, February 22nd, 2019

9:30 - 12:30 PM


America’s Job Center

880 Industrial Way,

San Luis Obispo, CA

February Workshop

QuickBooks Basics


This interactive workshop will cover beginner to intermediate accounting & QuickBooks topics. QuickBooks software is not required for this beginning workshop. Please bring your laptops or devices. WBC Consultant Lorna Whiteaker will help you manage your books with ease!

Class costs $50.



Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Networking & Lunch: 11:30-12:00PM 
Event: 12:00-1:30PM

Inn at Morro Bay

60 State Park Road, Morro Bay, CA

March Workshop

Access to Capital for Your Small Business


SBA’s Kay Mardon will provide you with the tools and information needed to successfully submit a loan application for your business. Learn more about local loan qualifications from lenders including Pacific Premier Bank and California’s Coastal Rural Development Corporation (Cal Coastal). 

-Learn about various SBA financing options and what banks look for when lending money 
-Hear from Pacific Premier Bank about bank loan programs, and how they can assist you in your growth 
-Learn more on services to utilize from the Cal Coastal SBDC and the Women’s Business Center that will help your business start, grow, and thrive 

Lunch will be provided!