By Michael Gunther
I’m honored to share that Collaboration Business Consulting is celebrating its “SLO Sweet 16” this month. That’s 16 wonderful years in San Luis Obispo, out of the 24 total that Collaboration has been in business. It’s incredible to think about the impact our organization has made on countless others on the Central Coast — and, likewise, the support the community has given to us.
When I first opened Collaboration in San Luis Obispo, I knew something special was about to happen. I was already an experienced entrepreneur by this point, and I realized I had something valuable to share with other business owners in the community. I also recognized that SLO is an exceptional place that welcomes collaborative ideas and works hard to reach out a hand to bring others up. Those are some of the main reasons why I wanted to make sure my company’s roots were firmly planted in SLO soil.
It’s amazing to see how much the SLO business community has evolved and expanded, and it’s evident that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well. The business landscape became more sophisticated with the addition of technology and manufacturing companies, while the existing hospitality and wineries grew and flourished. Businesses, both old and new, have maintained a sustainable commitment to the Central Coast lifestyle and community unity that makes SLO such a special place.
Collaboration helped start-ups develop processes and build infrastructure to encourage growth. We coached established leaders to push themselves professionally to ensure they are the best leaders they can be. We assisted teams to build communication skills and create a positive company culture to attract and retain top talent. And, we inspired thousands of people in SLO (and beyond) to never stop reaching for the top.
As our clients learned these valuable skills, so too did we. Our organization is made up of forward-thinking, experienced consultants, creative marketers, and leaders who strive to build profitable and sustainable businesses to boost our community and those around us.
It’s been a true pleasure to watch the SLO business community evolve, grow, and strengthen over the last 16 years. I am incredibly grateful for this special community and all it has given to us. Cheers to (at least) 16 more!