Clovis News

Valley agencies join to help build companies, create jobs

Two agencies serving local businesses have combined into one organization, continuing their goal of creating companies and jobs.

The Central Valley Business Incubator on Thursday announced its partnership with the Central California Small Business Development Center.

The Fresno-based incubator now handles the federally funded Small Business Development Center duties in Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Madera counties. The incubator also joined a network of 1,100 development centers nationwide.

The changes eliminate an overlap of services and make the agencies more efficient, said Kirk Nagamine, executive director of the newly named CVBI/SBDC. The new organization will continue to focus on job creation and retention, offering entrepreneurs workshops, classes and one-on-one business consulting.

Satellite offices in Visalia, Clovis and Madera remain and a Reedley office will open soon.

UC Merced Regional Small Business Development Center Network oversees local SBDC offices, which are affiliated with universities. As part of the changes, federal funding will also flow through Fresno State's Office of Community and Economic Development to the CVBI/SBDC.