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.



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From Dreaming to Doing: Breaking Down Resistance to Small Business Success

WBC Brown Bag Workshop

Do you have an idea or a side hustle that you haven’t acted on? In this Brown Bag Workshop presented by WBC Consultant Lorelei Sibet will discuss the idea of “resistance” based on the the novel “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield, and help you identify and overcome what may be stopping you from pursuing your entrepreneurial dreams and achieving small business success.

Friday, February 15th, 2019

12:00-1:00 PM

MCSC & The Women’s Business Center

71 Zaca Lane Suite 130,

San Luis Obispo, CA

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.