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The following is a list of organizations that can provide advising, workshops, and resources for small-scale farmers in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties that are looking for help with the business side of their operation. This list is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute any endorsement or recommendation by UC Cooperative Extension. If you would like to suggest updates or additions to this list, please email kapearsons@ucanr.edu

Website: www.slowmoneyslo.org

A local network of entrepreneurs, investors, donors and volunteers who support sustainable growth of small food and farm businesses which benefit the local economy and health of SLO County, California.


  • Coaching and guidance to entrepreneurs facing challenging business decisions
  • Facilitate loans from local investors
  • Can connect farmers to commercial kitchen space  to produce value-added products
  • Can help facilitate farm to school relationship

Economic Development Collaborative

Website: https://edcollaborative.com/ 

Business Assistance Line:

 The Economic Development Collaborative provides business consulting, funding, and strategic initiatives that support the regional economies of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties.


  • Free business consulting on strategic planning, marketing, social media, and more
  • Hosts the Business Development Loan Fund and Disaster Bridge Loan Fund
  • Hosts the LA SBDC GO Global Trade Program to help local businesses access global markets
  • Resources in both English and Spanish

Main Website: www.score.org

San Luis Obispo County and Santa Maria Valley
(805) 547-0779

Santa Barbara County
Phone: (805) 367-3292

SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 


  • Mentoring (in-person or remotely by email, phone, or video)
  • Free online workshops, on-demand courses, and resources