Valley Sierra SBDCServing Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne Counties,
Helping Your Business Start, Grow and Succeed

Our team members are committed to making a difference for small businesses like yours. 

Our expert consultants are passionate about helping businesses succeed. They bring extensive hands-on business experience to each client situation, ensuring you receive practical “real world” advice that can be applied to daily operations. Consultants’ expertise covers all key business areas, and they will work closely with you to develop productive solutions.

Our staff will make every effort to assist you. They can answer questions, arrange meetings with consultants, and help with signing up for classes.

Staff

Kurt Clark

Director

Katy Winders

Assistant Director

Jennifer Butler

Program Specialist - Merced Office

Peni Hogwood

Administrative Assistant - Modesto Office

Consultants

Tom Bruce

Hospitality & Operations Analysis

Mary Castillo

Finance & Business

Jessica Chang-Irish

Video Communications & Production

Dan Conrad

Finance & Management

Eric Davis

Hospitality & Operations Analysis

Ron Dickerson

General Business

Reed Dickey

New Technologies & Financial Management

Cheryl Dodge

Product Planning & Development

Tim Douglas

Accounting & Finance

Greg Falken

Website Design

Ze Ferreira

Organizational Behavior & Angel Investing

Tisha Blackwood Freitas

Strategic Planning & Market Research

Jennifer Hawks

QuickBooks & Budgeting

James Homer

Accounting & Business Management

Stephen Keyzers

Human Resources

Erik Lehmann

Customer Development & Sales Coaching

Rhonda Lowe

General Business & Marketing

Ryan McCormick

Business Development & Sales

Robert McDonald

Strategic Planning & Operations

John Misiak

Finance & Business Planning

Dennis Murphy

Finance & Operations

Claudia Newcorn

General Business, Marketing & Research

Katherine Ogilvie

General Business & Marketing

John Paoluccio

Engineering Design & Inventions

David Parker

General Business

Tiffany Phillips

Social Media & Marketing

Terri Pittman

QuickBooks & Record-keeping

Amy Porter

QuickBooks & Accounting

Esau Rangel

Operations & Sales

John Rowell

Business Start-Ups

Kelly Spies

Insurance & Social Media

Harald Sulzmann

Production Management & Operations Analysis

Rachel Sweitzer

Market Research & Branding

Pamela Toconis

Human Resources & Organizational Behavior

Octavio Valencia

Business Start-Ups

Howard White

Finance, Operations & Strategic Planning
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The Central CA Small Business Development Center is a regional network funded in part through cooperative agreements with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the California Economic Development Corporation and Regional Hosts. The regional host of the network is the University of Merced. The Central CA Regional SBDC and its affiliate SBDC Centers are nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.