One of the region’s best-known hubs for business startup assistance, the Central Valley Business Incubator has recently assumed a new title with a revamped mission focused on helping entrepreneurs in the water and energy sector.

Since its establishment in 1996, the Fresno-based organization has been providing startup and expanding companies with business consultation, education, access to capital and even office space to help them make their ventures profitable.

Only in the last few years, however, has the push to promote technology gained prominence, driven by the staff and services at CVBI’s Water and Energy Technology Center built on the campus of Fresno State in 2007 in partnership with the International Center for Water Technology.

In fact, this past month saw CVBI wrapping up the closure of its former launching pad office along Shaw Avenue and consolidating into the WET Center where it houses five startup technology companies and works closely with 15 other member businesses to help them grow.