BEC has partnered with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service in Istanbul
Turkey, the U. S. Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration,
Embassy Wines International, Federal Express and a number of local wineries
to host the first ever Virtual Wine Tasting event. With the assistance of
Federal Express, the participating wineries have shipped their product to
the Turkish Embassy. Importers of wine will be tasting the wines at the
Turkish Embassy while the local wine makers discuss their wines and
appellation to prospective buyers via video conference. The goal of the
event is to assist local wineries export their premium wines at premium
prices. The Virtual Wine Tasting event is scheduled for May 6th at Le Vigne
Winery in Paso Robles.
Capital Readiness Tour
May 16, 2013
3:00 - 5:00 pm
Cuesta College North County Campus
Mission & Vision Statement
of the Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College is to
assist businesses and industry sectors in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara,
Ventura, North Los Angeles Counties and surrounding areas to retain, or
expand their businesses, thus strengthening the local economy, increasing
wealth and quality of life.
of the Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College is to be
the premier provider of business and economic development services and
training in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and North Los Angeles
For further information
or to find out how the Business & Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College
can assist you please contact:
Partners & Sponsors
the entrepreneurial spirit
in California by encouraging young people to engage entrepreneurship as a
legitimate lifetime career path.
with regional and statewide
efforts to increase the success of business through partnerships and
collaborations with industry, education and government.
across community college campuses.
The Business and Entrepreneurship Center
at Cuesta College (BEC) program, an initiative of
the Economic and Workforce
Development Program through the
California Community Colleges, is a network of Community College
professionals working in strategic partnerships with businesses,
industry and community organizations to identify and meet California's
economic development needs in the areas of business improvements and
The Business & Entrepreneurship Center at
Cuesta College (BEC) programs works with private, public and
nonprofit resources to build strong, sustainable and successful
businesses. The result is wealth creation, job creation and retention
and better economic health in California.
By partnering with local, well respected
business growth organizations and community colleges, the Business &
Entrepreneurship Center at Cuesta College (BEC) and the
entrepreneurs they serve can tap into an abundance of resources and know
how already in place, thereby enhancing the long-term growth and
viability of those companies.
The Business & Entrepreneurship Center
(BEC) program supports local economic development corporations,
chambers of commerce, community-based business outreach centers and
other community-based organizations whose primary mission is to assist
small businesses. Centers are strategically placed throughout California
to serve you.
community research; create targeted special projects and services that address
the unique needs of the region. The BEC will collect and analy6ze community data
and evaluate the economic needs of the region.
· Target existing business clients
and/or industry sectors most likely to create economic impacts and retain jobs.
Clients and/or industry sectors should also have the potential to achieve
significant increases in sales investment, and to boost regional economic
· The BEC will provide, on an as
needed basis, advanced business consulting services to established business,
industry sectors, financial institutions, city and state agencies, and chambers
of commerce in the following core areas:
Operations Management & Improvement
Growth and Investment Strategies
Economic Research and Analysis
Access to Capital
Business and Contract Law
training solutions aimed at improving the management and stability of regional
businesses to lead to increased number of new and retained jobs, sales, and
the Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP). YEP aims to replace misconceptions of
vocational education and blue-collar jobs with increased awareness of and
aspirations to self-employment as a legitimate lifetime career path providing
reliable living wages. The project's target audience is youth and young adults,
ideally, those enrolled in feeder high schools and/or the affiliated community
college, with special emphasis on rural and minority populations.
Overall Economic Goals
advance California's economic growth and global competitiveness through high
quality education and services focusing on business development, consistent
with the current needs of the state's regional economies. To maximize and
leverage the resources of Cuesta College to fulfill its role as the primary
provider in fulfilling the academic, vocational education and training needs of
the businesses and industry sectors.
To collaborate with other state and local agencies to deliver services that meet
statewide and regional business development, technology transfer, and trade
needs that attract, retain, and expand businesses.
develop, in consultation and collaboration with colleges, local economic
development agencies, the private sector, and community groups, innovative
solutions, as needed, in identified strategic priority areas, including, but not
necessarily limited to, advanced transportation, biotechnology, small business,
applied competitive technologies, including computer integrated manufacturing,
production and continuous quality improvement, business and workforce
improvement, environmental technologies, health care delivery, agriculture,
multimedia/entertainment and international trade. Strategic priority areas that
may be explored if new or additional funding becomes available may include
information technology, e-commerce and e-trade, and nanotechnology.
To identify, acquire, and leverage community college and other training
resources when possible, to support local, regional, and statewide economic
Optimize access to the community college's economic development services and
develop strategic public and private sector partnerships.
San Luis Obispo County Key Economic Indicators
The following economic data is derived from ESRI Community Analyst and EMSI.
The BEC at
Cuesta college has expertise in marketing and economic research, has access to a
variety of sources for data mining, and can provide your business with the data
you need to make wise business decisions in marketing your product and/or
service. This type of research is available on a fee basis and can be provided
for San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura and North Los Angeles Counties. For
more information please call our office at (805) 546-3188 or email Israel
Dominguez, BEC Director at