Start & Grow Your Business Here

The Monterey Bay Region is an excellent area to start the business of your dreams, while living in the playground of the Central Coast. Many companies in the region are start-ups who have made their business plan a reality because of the tools and resources available to them.

Entrepreneur Resources

Angels by the Sea
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Development at UC Santa Cruz
Central Coast Angels
Central Coast Small Business Development Center at Cabrillo College 
CSU Monterey Bay Small Business Development Center 
CSU Monterey Bay Institute for Innovation and Economic Development
Keiretsu Forum, Pebble Beach
Local Resources for Starting a Business 
Monterey Bay PTAC
Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA)
Monterey County Small Business Resource Network 
Opportunity Fund
SBA Loans and Grants
Start Up Monterey Bay
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Resource Guide 

Organizations & Events

The Start Up Challenge
The springtime event brings entrepreneurs together with local angels, venture capitalists, consultants and support services, with cash prizes and technical services to the winners of three tracks: Student, Small Business (Main Street), and Venture. 

CSUMB Startup Weekend
Monterey Bay’s version of this international movement brings new and aspiring business owners together with seasoned speakers, startup coaches and business plan competition judges in a weekend of entrepreneurial inspiration.

Steinbeck Innovation Foundation
This city-of-Salinas-supported, industry-led initiative taps a network of partners to mentor young entrepreneurs, encourage agricultural innovation and attract high-tech industrial ventures.

Monterey Bay Entrepreneurs and Innovators
A Meetup where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators, local start-ups, and businesses can meet, learn and share with each other. Investors, entrepreneurs, local businesses, anyone interested in learning about new innovations, trends in business and technology or that has ideas should come!

Start Up Grind Meetup
Startup Grind is an event series and website designed to help educate, inspire, and connect local entrepreneurs. Each month we welcome an amazing speaker who shares their story with our community and tells us what worked, what didn't, and what they'll do differently next time. It's an amazing opportunity to learn from the best, network with other members of the startup community, and improve your chances of entrepreneurial success.

Santa Cruz Tech Meet-up
This MeetUp is for Santa Cruz professionals who want to learn about stimulating new technologies that can give your company a competitive edge, boost your career, and spark the flame of entrepreneurship in the community. Present, Learn, Network, Invent, and keep high tech businesses growing in Santa Cruz. 

Santa Cruz Tech Raising
TechRaising was founded in 2011 to support local communities' efforts in sustaining tech ecosystems. Santa Cruz Tech Raising aims to provide the space and support for individuals to gather, collaborate, and build their ideas. It is the melding of experience, expertise and execution that allows tech projects to flourish. 

Santa Cruz Tech Beat
Santa Cruz Tech Beat is a news digest for folks who want to know and share what’s up in the Santa Cruz technology community. Santa Cruz Tech Beat also provides stewardship for legacy news, posts, articles, and information. We strongly encourage members of the community to send links, blog posts, articles, new news, old news, tips, etc.

Santa Cruz Works
Santa Cruz Works (SCW) is a public/private partnership of leading tech companies, investors, educational institutions and government in Santa Cruz.  The organization is focused on developing a successful science and technology eco-system in Santa Cruz County, which includes jobs, learning about company best practices, inter-company networking, technology transfer from our educational institutions, and fostering government policies which are supportive of the science and tech eco-system.

Pajaro Community Development Corporation
Pajaro CDC promotes equal access to economic opportunity.  The vision of the organization is to transform people’s lives through entrepreneurship. Since its inception, El P├íjaro CDC has focused on developing micro-enterprises and small businesses and has successfully assisted hundreds of small businesses with technical assistance, loan application and packaging, business plans, marketing, management, and business technology applications.

Monthly membership fees pay for workspace, Internet, conference rooms, business services and a place to bounce ideas off other creatives. Seven locations include the original space in Santa Cruz.

The Ideas of March
The Ideas of March is a three-day Android App development competition that brings together teams of students and software developers to work together on Apps for non-profits and small businesses in the Monterey Bay Region.

OpenCounter: Your Tool for Business Permitting

If you’re thinking about starting a business in the Monterey Bay region, our OpenCounter tool is designed for you. It asks the right questions, in the right order, so that you’ll receive tailored feedback on your plans.
OpenCounter helps entrepreneurs get their businesses up and running more quickly and easily by providing an online interface to the permitting process at City Hall.