February 2022
The Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is your hub for entrepreneurial development at SBCC & within our community
Flexible Learning, Your Way
Innovative, Hands-On, Cost-Effective & Accessible
Enroll now! There's still time to jumpstart your entrepreneurial adventure with our dynamic duo of 8-week online courses. Test and launch your product or service and learn how to protect your intellectual property. Join our community of entrepreneurs who are starting good things in Spring 2022!
ENT 206 - Enterprise Launch
ONLINE, 8-Week Course
CRN# 68341
Dates: March 14 - May 14, 2022

Develop and test a product or service idea step-by-step in just 8-weeks through ideation, prototype development, and customer validation. Design your go-to-market strategy, financial plan, & generate early sales. Life changing!
ENT 206 - Entrepreneurship Law
ONLINE, 8-Week Course
CRN# 68361
Dates: March 14 - May 14, 2022

Examine the legal implications involved in the creation of a startup: business entity formation, contract law, licensing, permits, intellectual property, cyber-law, employment law, agency law, contracts, tax law, reporting requirements, risk management, and bankruptcy.
Announcing Season 4
The Enlightened Entrepreneur Podcast
The podcast to motivate and inspire your entrepreneurial adventure
Reshaping the Post-Pandemic Workplace: Employee-Owned Businesses
2022 is dubbed the "Year of the Worker" with the Great Resignation and Reshuffle in response to the pandemic. Beyond hybrid and remote teams, how can the workplace itself be redesigned to drive equity, and be more rewarding and engaging?

Join us on Friday, 2/25, 2 - 2:30 PM to kick off Season 4 of the Enlightened Entrepreneur Podcast. This season explores the transformative benefits of employee-owned businesses on workers, communities, and local economies while simultaneously boosting business growth, productivity, and profitability. Our first episode welcomes our featured guest, Rick Plympton of Optimax.
Rick Plympton, CEO, Optimax Systems
Founded in 1991, Optimax is America’s largest precision optics manufacturer with applications to the latest breakthrough technologies in aerospace, defense, and consumer electronics. CEO, Rick Plympton has provided leadership and vision for over 25 years to grow Optimax from a small start-up to an employee-owned business with over 350 employees. Learn from example the best practices in establishing an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) that solidifies employee prosperity and customer success.

WHAT: YouTube Podcast Livestream
WHEN: Friday, 2/25, 2 PM - 2:30 PM (PST)

Economic Growth Accelerator 2022
Support to Launch Your Business Growth Initiative in Santa Barbara County
Are you a business owner in Santa Barbara County planning to launch a growth initiative in 2022? You now have an innovative new program to turn to for capital, tailored training, and business consulting. The Economic Growth Accelerator of Santa Barbara County is a collaboration between SBCC's Scheinfeld Center, the SBCC Foundation, and SCORE of Santa Barbara.

Businesses play an essential role in providing the Santa Barbara County community with opportunities to grow and prosper. Mark these important dates on your calendar for the opportunity of Santa Barbara County businesses that are implementing growth initiatives in 2022 to forge business growth, create jobs, and develop employee talent.
  • April 29th: Call for applications announced at the Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge
  • May 1 - May 31: Applications accepted
  • June 11: The 2022 Economic Growth Accelerator businesses are announced
  • June - November: Monthly learning labs with tailored content & dedicated mentors
  • November 18: 2022 Contingent Grant Competition

"The Economic Growth Accelerator is aimed at creating a better Santa Barbara economy for all." —Greg Loosvelt, Economic Growth Accelerator of SB County
2021 Contingent Grant Recipient Update
Jennifer Lowe of Montecito Estate Management Shares Her Progress
In November 2021, Jennifer Lowe of Montecito Estate Management (MEM) became the recipient of the Economic Growth Accelerator's $100,000 grant for her innovative Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) growth initiative which will establish MEM as an employee-owned company—the first in SB County!

Jennifer's ultimate outcome is to provide a cohesive transition from owner to employee ownership and to set her employees up with rock-solid success by spring of 2022.

"The creation process of the EOT has brought more excitement than I could have expected. Building this company from the ground up has been a labor of love and to see my employees' excitement, their growth into leadership roles, and the anticipation of soon becoming the first EOT in SB county has been incredibly rewarding. Having the opportunity to collaborate with two community-based organizations is a dream come true," states Jennifer.
MEM's values are deeply rooted in being an active part of this community; I want my company to be an example for other businesses that want to capture and keep jobs locally as well as build a stronger community. my hope is that this demonstration project will enable many others to follow.”

—Jennifer Lowe, President, Montecito Estate Management
12th Annual Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge
Startup Funding · Mentoring · Startup Support · Notoriety
Plan now to submit your entry to the 12th annual Scheinfeld New Venture Challenge virtual business plan and pitch competition. It's the perfect opportunity to demonstrate why your business idea shows promise of viability and should win the seed money and startup support available to the winners.

More than $15,000 in Awards and Startup Support

Don’t miss this opportunity to bring YOUR business idea to life open to SBCC and other Santa Barbara County college students and high school students. 
Mark These Important Dates on Your Calendar!

March 1, 2022
Registration Opens
April 21, 2022
Submission Deadline

April 25, 2022
Finalists Announced
April 27, 2022
Video & Slide Decks Due

April 29, 2022
Pitch Competition & Winners Announced

Join Our Circle of Winners Since 2011!
72 Winners and Over $115,000 Awarded
Apply Now: Spring 2022 Scheinfeld Internships
Paid work-based learning to develop in-demand entrepreneurship & business skills
The Scheinfeld Interns Program is the perfect match for SBCC students seeking professional growth in entrepreneurial and business skills that are relevant whether you become a business owner or work as an employee.

These virtual paid project-based internships provide an ideal hands-on learning opportunity and outstanding interns can continue their professional growth for up to three semesters with paid advancement as you take on new challenges.

Bring some basic skills to the table in terms of marketing, multimedia, community building, event coordination, videography, graphic design, or podcasting and we'll help you grow! APPLY NOW for Spring Semester 2022!
What Students Are Saying!
"gifted me the necessary skillsets to work in the professional world"
Jinhee Hwang, Fall 2021
"learned that communication & teamwork are vital in every project"
Darya Kashani, Spring 2021
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Building connections to educate and inspire at the intersection of business, technology, and entrepreneurship on California's Central Coast
Ventech (formerly MIT Enterprise Forum) welcomes the community to attend their Spring social event.
This is a great opportunity for local entrepreneurs and technology professionals to gather and meet others in the community.

Whether you want to get to know potential new employers, are in the planning mode for a startup, would like to explore new business partnerships, or just want to keep your network up-to-date, join us!
  • Grow yourself with other innovators;
  • Build your resources;
  • Make new friends;
  • But most importantly, grow your network!

When: Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Cabrillo Pavilion, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA
Rate & Other Info:

CDC and local guidelines will be followed, and as such, Unvaccinated Guests must wear masks to attend for the health and safety of our staff, board, sponsors, and guests.
Help Student Entrepreneurs Shine

The Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation welcomes your participation in raising the next generation of entrepreneurs who will pioneer our future. Sharing your talent and expertise helps students advance and succeed.

We seek the following ongoing support: Established entrepreneurs and business professionals to serve as mentors in the areas of mobile app design & engineering, domestic and overseas manufacturing, 3-D printing and CAD, finance, sales, e-commerce, social media marketing, business/startup law, angel investing, and seed funding.
We welcome your participation!
Contact Scheinfeld Center Director, Julie Samson: jasamson@sbcc.edu