The award-winning Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center (SBDC) promotes the development, growth and success of small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Stanislaus and Tuolumne Counties, thereby enhancing individual, family, community and regional prosperity.


No cost professional business consulting from industry experts in finance, marketing, and more.

Training Events and Workshops

Expert training, boot camps, workshops, & events designed to help you start or strengthen your business.



Live and locally produced, our one-hour weekly “Webinar Wednesday” provides pandemic relief updates on available federal, state, and local funding options, tax credit programs, employee programs, and other opportunities helpful to employers and business owners.

Valley Sierra SBDC

Find out how SBDC can help you to grow and succeed!

Professional Advice

no-cost, personalized, confidential, one-on-one consulting for start-ups,
entrepreneurs and existing businesses.

From the Ground Up

assisted thousands of companies, from start-ups to established firms.

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Access to Funding

more than $435 million in loans and equity created for SBDC clients.

Employee Retention

helped to create and retain over 10,000 jobs.


Working with Spencer has had an incalculable impact on my business and its success. His guidance, resources, and experience have helped guide me on many paths I otherwise would not have known to take and ways of working and thinking that have set me and my business up with a solid foundation and primed for growth.

Casey Hogue

Working with Valley Sierra SBDC has been integral in helping us overcome obstacles. We’ve leaned on Valley Sierra SBDC mostly to help us in HR for our business. Lourdes has been absolutely amazing, and she is quick to respond when we have any questions.” 

Brett Weitl

Tim Douglas helped me understand my loan with the previous PURA VIDA business owner, to negotiate my loan payoff, and to assist me with the application for an SBA 7A loan to pay off the original loan. I would enthusiastically recommend SBDC services to any starting or existing business facing the challenges of today’s pandemic economy.”

Jill Wiggs

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