News | Winders To Provide Leadership of Small Business Development Center

September 11, 2018

Modesto, CA –On Thursday, August 30 Katy Winders was named the new Director of the Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center (VSSBDC). Winders started at the VSSBDC in 2015 as the organization’s Assistant Director. Her predecessor, Kurt Clark, served as VSSBDC’s Director for 15 years but was recently selected as the Regional SBDC Director for Central California.


Winders, a former entrepreneur with a background in business finance, has helped transform the VSSBDC with her efforts in conception and oversight of the Business Women’s Symposium and highly sought-after QuickBooks trainings. David White, the Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Stanislaus, was on the interview panel for the Director position. “While we are sad to say goodbye to Kurt Clark who has been such a steady, influential leader at the SBDC for so many years, Katy will fill in and not miss a beat,” said White.  “She is a proven leader who is very respected by the business community.”


Clark, who served in an interim capacity for his new position for several months, expressed excitement over Winders’ promotion. “Katy has excelled in her role as Assistant Director for the past few years,” Clark said. “She is highly qualified and will continue to excel in her new position as Valley Sierra SBDC Director, providing expert guidance and training to businesses served by our region.”


Winders has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from California State University, Long Beach and has continued to build on her foundational knowledge. Warren Kirk, Chief Executive Officer of Tenet Healthcare’s Central Valley region and President of the Board of Opportunity Stanislaus said, “Katy embodies everything we are trying to do at Opportunity Stanislaus, which is support businesses with the resources and information necessary to grow and flourish. We are confident her leadership will be an asset as we continue to make good on our promises to local business.”


In 2017 Winders was named the top SBDC professional in Central California. Winders’ new position is effective immediately. Hosted by Opportunity Stanislaus, the VSSBDC promotes the development, growth and success of small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Stanislaus, Merced, Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties, thereby enhancing individual, family, community and regional prosperity. To learn more about the VSSBDC and Opportunity Stanislaus please visit and

To learn more, contact Amber Edwards

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