By Marie Lopez

Collaboration consultants had the pleasure of attending this year’s SLO Chamber EXPO @ the Expo, the theme of which was Superheroes. As the largest business trade show on the Central Coast with more than 130 exhibitors, we expected to meet many amazing local businesses. We were not disappointed! In fact, 15 (11%) of the companies are current or former Collaboration clients. It was great to catch up with them and meet some new faces as well. Our consultants enjoyed the high energy feel and camaraderie of the event. In that spirit, we are sharing some information from some of the many companies we interacted with — read on to find out more about these SLO-based companies.

Mission Community Services Corporation: Women’s Business Center 
MCSC’s Women’s Business Center’s mission is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for potential entrepreneurs and small business owners to become self-sustaining, successful contributors to their communities, with special assistance for women, low-income, minority, veterans, and non-profit businesses in San Luis Obispo, Kern, and Monterey Counties. They accomplish this through their three core service areas, including:

  • Entrepreneurial Training: Essential for beginning entrepreneurs and existing entrepreneurs that need to develop/solidify their business plan.
  • No-cost Consultations: One-on-one consultations with experts for guidance on starting and growing a business.
  • Workshops: Designed to keep entrepreneurs abreast of the local trends in the community to forecast for success.

Promotional Concepts
Promotional Concepts provides all the traditional branded merchandise such as pens, mugs, hats, t-shirts, bags and more with the best service. Whether clients know what they’re looking for or just need creative ideas, Promotional Concepts creates custom proposals to meet their clients’ needs and budget. Advertising through promotional products is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase brand awareness. Contact them for a free consultation to find the right products to make a lasting impression.

Left Coast T-Shirt CompanyLeft Coast T-Shirt Company
Left Coast T-Shirt Company is a premier supplier of custom imprinted apparel and promotional products. Located in San Luis Obispo, they offer in-house production for screenprinting and embroidery and are known for having exceptional customer service and attention to detail while also having fair, straight-forward pricing. Whether a client is starting their own clothing line, needs company uniforms or makes souvenir shirts for a family reunion, Left Coast T-Shirt Company is committed to providing superior quality goods and the best service anywhere.

Avila Bay Athletic Club & Spa
Avila Bay Club is a four-acre tropical paradise of health and fitness for the entire family. Located in the heart of sunny Avila Valley, the club offers an extremely active tennis program, two heated swimming pools, two Jacuzzis, two FARinfrared saunas, workout facilities, group fitness classes (including yoga, Power, and Spin), childcare, personal trainers, special Happy Hours and events, and spa services. Spa services include, massage, facials, pedi/manicures, and hair/salon services. As part of the EXPO @ the EXPO event, Avila Bay Club is offering 30% off enrollment fee and first month free for all participants and attendees at the EXPO. This offer will expire 6/15/18. For more information, contact the club at 805-595-7600 ext: 105.

Ultrex Business Products
Ultrex Business Products is a local Konica Minolta and Sharp copier dealership with offices in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, with a corporate office in San Luis Obispo. Ultrex has grown by offering great products and exceptional service. Ultrex is always looking for innovative ideas to market to the office environment. Although digital copiers, software solutions and laser printer cartridges have always been their forte, Ultrex is branching out into other products that they feel would benefit the office and be good for the environment. SKYWELL is an innovative product that Ultrex has recently started to market.  SKYWELL is the market’s first smart atmospheric water generation (AWG) dispenser for offices. It takes in ambient air, and collects moisture through condensation. Then it uses a six-stage water filtration system, ultraviolet purification and ozone treatment to remove contaminants in order to create pure, clean drinking water.  SKWELL’s built-in monitoring system continuously monitors every drop of hot and cold water dispensed to ensure that the water produced is of exacting quality and clarity every time. For more information on SKYWELL, or any of the products that Ultrex offers, please call Grant Berkefeld at (805) 783-1234.

Platinum Peek ProductionsPlatinum Peek Production
Platinum Peek Productions is a media agency from San Luis Obispo specializing in video production, website development and social media management. Platinum Peek Productions has clients in the Bay Area, Central Valley, the Central Coast, Oregon and Hawaii. It is run by brothers Eriksen and Soren Dickens, with Eriksen serving as the Creative Director and Soren as the Director of Operations. Services include:

  • Video Production: Documentaries, corporate, promotional, events
  • Social Media: Account management, targeted engagement
  • Website Development: Web+Mobile optimization, UX design and development

Levity AcademyLevity Academy
Levity® Academy is based on California’s Central Coast in San Luis Obispo. Specializing in aerial arts instruction for all ages, including pre-professional programs, teacher trainings and performances that will dazzle all audiences. Levity® Academy is unveiling its premier stage performance Cirque de Lorria at the Spanos Theater on June 1 and 2. This promises to be an evening of high flying adventure in aerial silks, aerial straps, sphere and vertical rope. The Cirque de Soliel-style performance will leave the audience breathless.

Pantiel TravelPantiel Travel
The reports of travel agents demise has been greatly exaggerated. Yes, travel agents are alive and well, providing exciting options for their clients’ travel. Many travel agents have morphed into what is referred to as “travel advisor.” As advisors, they do more than take your order for a trip, but rather, they work hard to find the best fit for their clients’ trip plans and personality. Pantiel Travel specializes in adventure and cultural travel, including world festivals and private museum tours, along with destinations such as Hawaii, Fiji and Italy. Their goal is to inspire their clients with exclusive adventures in special places whose richness color our lives via the five senses. As a member of the Virtuoso network, Pantiel Travel is able to reach all corners of the world, utilizing their experience and personal relationships to provide privileged experiences not found elsewhere.

CIO SolutionsCIO SolutionsCIO Solutions
CIO Solutions provides IT services to businesses throughout California’s Central Valley and Central Coast. The firm has a regional footprint with over 90 employees, and specializes in managed IT support, hosted cloud solutions, network consulting, security compliance, and security risk analyses.

We at Collaboration are happy to celebrate these companies — as well as all the rest we met at EXPO @ the Expo.

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