We already know that it takes a big dream, a lot of determination and some downright hard work to start your own business. But what about standard office necessities like desks? What about office chairs? And, what about that printer you’ll need to crank out copies of your business plan that you’ll be pitching to investors? When you're just starting out, these items can really dig into your already tight budget. Couto Solutions is glad to be able to provide these items to a local organization that nurtures Cal Poly entrepreneurs..
The Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, based out of San Luis Obispo, benefitted from a donation made by Couto Solutions this summer. The donation included a complete Action Office System by Herman Miller consisting of work stations, conference room furnishings, a receptionist station, a principal’s office setup, and a dozen high backed leather office chairs. The donation also included a hand crafted, wood and metal, three station desk with a matching printer table and bookshelf. This desk is where Couto Solutions got its very own spark working out of its original 96 square foot office! In addition to all of this, also donated were a color laser printer and over twenty poster sized picture frames. Hopefully, they’ll fill the frames with inspirational messages like “Never, never, never give up!” the motto of a true entrepreneur. In all, the donation totaled over $20,000 worth of furniture and office equipment.
It’s not easy getting a business off the ground especially when you’re starting from scratch. The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship was created with the goal of opening the world of entrepreneurial opportunity to Cal Poly students as well as faculty members. The Center focuses on getting students better prepared for the realities of starting a business in this economy as well as nurturing their educational efforts. The donated furniture and office equipment has helped the Center furnish their new office and small business incubator facilities located in the Cal Poly Technology as well as a satellite office they occupy in San Luis Obispo.
Couto Solutions CEO Justin Couto says, “I understand well the challenges of starting a business, it’s not an easy task by any means. If I would have had the opportunity to obtain the guidance that is now being provided by The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship back when I started my first company, I am sure it could have been an even bigger success . I really wanted to help and I felt compelled to do what I could to contribute to the Center’s ability to provide that guidance and support to new entrepreneurs trying to get started.” Justin looks forward to also providing mentoring support to these individuals as often as his schedule allows.
It’s a tough world out there, particularly in this economy. Thanks to The Center, many local entrepreneurs will gain the support they need in order to get the best chance at thriving in the early stages of business. Couto Solutions is glad to be a part of that.