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Almaz Bahta wanted to create her own way. As a refugee from Eritrea, a tiny country located on the horn of Africa, she had a dream of starting a business in the U.S. But with no credit history or...
Over the last 10 years we have all heard of and, most likely, supported social enterprises. Social entrepreneurs are finding ways to create change while building profitable businesses that give back. The Columbus community has embraced social enterprises like...
As the days grow shorter and colder, my thoughts turn to ways that I can spread holiday cheer. In my eyes, there’s no better way to ring in the holiday season than by joining millions of Americans participating in...
The Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI) is a one-stop-shop development center for small businesses. In addition to providing entrepreneurs with affordable and responsible loan products, ECDI provides one-on-one technical assistance and access to a wide variety of trainings...
The Food Fort was established as an evolution of ECDI’s desire to be Ohio’s top supporter of small businesses in need. As an organization looking to provide opportunity to low-income and otherwise disadvantaged populations, we recognized both the enormous...
Coco Cat Bakery and Chocolates does not have the traditional origin story that most small businesses have. Starting as a stall at the Granville Farmer’s Market, Todd and Melissa Camp sold baked goods, and a small selection of chocolates,...
For 15 years, ECDI has been committed to investing in people to create measurable and enduring social and economic change. A one-stop-shop for underserved small businesses and entrepreneurs, ECDI has grown from one office in Columbus to locations in...
Earlier this month, ECDI welcomed Shaundretta Boykins as the new director of the Women's Business Center of Ohio (WBC). Previously, Boykins served as ECDI’s Lead Relationship Manager for the WBC, and brings almost 20 years of financial experience and...