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.




June 18, 2019

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshop Location:

HotHouse, 872 Higuera Street, SLO

Cost: $25

Small Business Disaster Preparedness Business Workshop

Disasters don't plan ahead, but you can. Protect your business today! 

This workshop will focus on succeeding at business continuity after a disaster by preparing BEFORE the disaster strikes. Participants will also receive information, tips, tools and resources that are available to help business and communities rebound quickly and get back to business. 

Our Speakers: 
Jeff Buckingham: President/CCO, Digital West 
Hamid Razavi: Project Manager, Wells Fargo Bank 
Drew Lewis: Agent/Owner, California Meridian Insurance Services, Inc 
Susheel Kumar: Public Information Officer, Office of Disaster Assistance, Field Operations Center 

Friday, June 21, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Networking from 1:00 - 1:30 PM

MCSC’s Women’s Business Center

71 Zaca Lane Suite 130

San Luis Obispo, CA


Yes, And: The Art of Making Powerful Business Decisions

Sabrina Pratt is a "Start, Run Grow" graduate (August 2016) who began her business teaching improv comedy classes while she was a full time high school teacher. Sabrina grew her business quickly from scratch by using improv principles to fuel her success. She began with no start up money and built The Central Coast Comedy Theater into a multiple 5 figure a month paycheck that allows her to sustain-ably work for herself, spend her days filled with laughter and doing what she loves most! This is a workshop for those who want to believe it IS possible for them (because it is). This workshop is for business owners who may feel stuck. This workshop is for those business owners who feel like they keep trying the things they "should" do and not getting anywhere. Jump start your business with some powerful (and fun!) new creative tips and tricks.


In this Brown Bag you will learn:

  • How to decide what is actually going to work for your business

  • How to choose what to do based on what is right for you and your business

  • How to make decisions and then actually commit to doing them

  • Practice setting ambitious goals that you can and will achieve

  • How to impress yourself and grow your business beyond what you currently think is possible!


Creating Work-Life Balance: Time Management for Busy Business Owners

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Friday, July 12, 2019

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Networking from 1:00 - 1:30 PM

America’s Job Center

880 Industrial Way,

San Luis Obispo, CA

If you’re always saying, “I’m too busy” because you have more things to do than you have time, you might want to attend this workshop. 
You’ll discover why you’re not as productive as you could be. And you’ll learn that task management is more important than time management for living an extraordinary life doing the things that matter most to you. 
After attending this workshop, and implementing the strategies you discover, you’ll be on your way to controlling your time, so you have more freedom to do the things you want. 

In this Brown Bag you will learn:

  • Learn how to build a schedule and get more done in less time 

  • Discover how a simple time blocking technique works to get high value tasks done 

  • Learn how to accurately estimate tasks so you complete them without being rushed 

  • Set up best practices to reduce distractions and double your effectiveness 

    All you need is a laptop, tablet, and/or mobile device with a calendar app. 

    Your Speaker: 
    Louis Camassa is Managing Partner of EMPATH, a brand experience consultancy that helps turn under-leveraged and undervalued companies into stars. He has been featured in Forbes, is a distinguished speaker, and lead his team to earn the Fastest-Growing Technology Companies award from Deloitte.