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

We realize you have choices when it comes to choosing consultants and advisors for your business. The experts at the Central California SBDC Network provide no-cost consulting and are 100% focused on making companies start, grow and thrive.

No. You only have to be considering the idea of opening a business, researching the feasibility of a proposed profit-making venture, or be an existing small business to take advantage of our resources.

It starts with registering for SBDC assistance. Tell us about your company and needs and we tell you how we can help. Then, we establish goals to work on (business loan, equity capital, etc.) and we work together to reach that goal. We will meet with you in-person, on the phone or at a mutually convenient location.  It’s like having another confidential member on your team – someone who is specifically focused on the business goal you identified as most important.

The SBDC’s professional consulting services are offered at no cost. Most workshops and classes are low or no cost.

SBDC Business Consultants are individuals who have significant experience in the private sector, and many have extensive management and financial consulting backgrounds. Our SBDC Consultants can offer individual advice and guidance concerning the formation, management, financing and operation of your business. Sign up today!

After initial consultation, our expert SBDC staff will pair you up with the consultant(s) best suited to help you with your business needs. The consultant(s) will contact you to arrange a meeting at your earliest convenience, and start the process of assisting you. Amount of time spent with a consultant will vary, depending on the issues you are facing and the complexity of your business needs.

The SBDC does not provide grants or loans. Grants generally are designed to support non-profit organizations and state or local governments.

While the SBDC does not provide loans or financing, we work closely with financial partners who offer a wide variety of loan programs, as well as other regional and community funding sources. The SBDC financing professionals can also assist you in going through the process of applying for funds.

In most situations getting a business loan is challenging and usually requires extensive preparation. While the SBDC does not provide loans, we have financing professionals who understand what lenders want to see in a borrower’s proposal. SBDC consultants will also give advice on which source of funding is right for you.

Owners, managers and key employees are welcome to sign up for the workshops and classes.

Starting a business requires a number of important steps, from planning to funding. Whether you’re just in the idea stage, or have started up, the SBDC offers a variety of resources to assist you, as well as workshops and classes to help you understand the ins and outs of the process. SBDC consultants can then help you with the details of turning your plan and business concept into a successful reality.

The SBDC can assist you in every phase and most areas of your business. Our expert staff and local professional business consultants will work with you. The SBDC offers a comprehensive spectrum of services, including consulting and management training, as well as an exceptional variety of classes.

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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.