About Us

how we are helping entrepreneurs in our community

The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center or BAEC is funded by the San Mateo County Community College District. As a business accelerator and innovative resource center, we work towards providing aspiring entrepreneurs the information and support they need to grow their current business or business ideas.

We provide business management guidance, technical and targeted business assistance, networking opportunities, one-on-one consulting, business workshops, and facilities.


The Bay Area Entrepreneur Center was established in 2014 by Skyline College, a sister college of the San Mateo County Community College District. With support from the SMCCCD Board of Trustees, under the leadership of chancellor and the late Dean Richard Soyombo of Skyline’s Global Learning Programs and Services, the Center opened in Downtown San Bruno in 2014.

During his 17 years of service at Skyline College, Richard Soyombo was instrumental in developing a variety of programs including the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program, Energy System, Technology Management Program, African Diaspora Program, Freight Forwarding and Logistics Program, Youth Entrepreneurship Program, Links Liberian Girls Mentorship Program, and the Bay Area Entrepreneur Center of Skyline College. The San Mateo County Community College District would like to acknowledge his long service in public policy work.

The Center will always remember and appreciate the fine work that Richard did, in order for our success.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the small business series conducted in partnership with the BCE program:

  • Students will be able to Identify their unique value and brand of their service, have aligned that value with a customer base and developed clear communication of that value for potential customers.
  • Students will have developed policies and client management plans and have a plan for implementation
  • Students will Have developed a financial model and are able to use it to make business decisions.

At the completion of the Accelerate Fellowship, students will be able to:
  • Use various project management tools and practices to implement a real-world project impacting the local community.
  • Craft a problem statement, create and implement a research plan, analyze results and create a project proposal guided by research findings.
  • Clearly communicate their accomplishments and recommendations for next steps professionally, both through presentations and on their resumes and LinkedIn profiles.

Past Projects: SBRAP

During the pandemic, the BAEC saw the need to provide local business owners some financial assistance.

In 2020 and 2021, BAEC partnered with San Bruno Community Foundation to provide business owners microgrants through a new program, San Bruno Recovery and Assistance Program, (SBRAP).

We offered support

  • 28 online workshops on key skills and topics
  • 5 online sessions for the micro grants initiative
  • a 3-day symposium for small businesses
Our Overall Impact

And we provided funding

  • 225 businesses reached
  • $330,000 of total funds awarded to
  • 47 businesses
Microgrant Impact